The Mac Observer

Skip navigational links

You're viewing an article in TMO's historic archive vault. Here, we've preserved the comments and how the site looked along with the article. Use this link to view the article on our current site:
RIM Doesn't See Apple iPhone As Threat to BlackBerry Pearl

RIM Doesn't See Apple iPhone As Threat to BlackBerry Pearl

by , 2:35 PM EST, February 12th, 2007

The co-CEO of Research in Motion Ltd, Jim Balsillie, said in an interview that the Apple iPhone doesn't pose a threat to the consumer-geared BlackBerry Pearl. Reuters of Canada carried the story on Monday.

The remarks were made as RIM launched its new BlackBerry 8800 aimed at mobile professionals. However, while the BlackBerry is very popular with business professionals, it hasn't caught on with retail customers. That was the motivation behind the consumer oriented BlackBerry Pearl. Looking at Apple's entry: "It's kind of one more entrant into an already very busy space with lots of choice for consumers," Jim Balsillie said of Apple. "But in terms of a sort of a sea-change for BlackBerry, I would think that's overstating it."

While the Pearl received rave reviews when it was introduced in September, and now sells for US$149.99, some analysts have questioned Apple's decision to price the iPhone for US$499 for the low-end model. Cost was cited as the biggest obstacle in getting regular mobile phone users to upgrade to smart phones.

Given the requirement that customers switch to AT&T and pay a considerable sum for the Apple iPhone, analysts are still unsure how Apple will do in the overcrowed smart phone market. Those with healthy expendable income will certainly spring for an iPhone. The ultimate question is how many people who are on the fence financially will make the leap.

For now, RIM isn't worried.


Recent TMO Headlines - Updated March 16th

Mon, 4:07 PM
Apple Fitness+ Connectivity Issues Limit The Service
Mon, 3:54 PM
What do Tech Employees Really Think About The Industry?
Mon, 3:30 PM
watchOS 7.4 Beta 4 Released to Developers With iPhone Unlock
Mon, 3:22 PM
Apple Releases macOS Big Sur 11.3 Beta 4 to Developers
Mon, 3:19 PM
Wireless Charging Dock for iPhone: $65.99
Mon, 3:03 PM
iPadOS 14.5, iOS 14.5 Beta 4 Released to Developers
Mon, 2:41 PM
App Store Rules Support 330,000 Jobs in UK, Apple Claims
Mon, 1:57 PM
Apple Discontinues Original HomePod
Mon, 1:10 PM
iPhone 12 mini outlook, RIP HomePod – TMO Daily Observations 2021-03-15
Mon, 12:56 PM
[Updated] Apple TV+ Gets First Oscar Nominations Thanks to 'Wolfwalkers' and 'Greyhound'
Mon, 11:21 AM
AirPods Pro Turn The World into a Playground, According to New Ad
Mon, 11:20 AM
Bitwarden Announces Data Sharing Feature ‘Bitwarden Send’
  • __________
  • Buy Stuff, Support TMO!
  • Podcast: Mac Geek Gab
  • Podcast: Daily Observations
  • TMO on Twitter!