Blackberry 10 is destined to fail, says insider

By on December 22, 2011, 5:00 PM

Despite an almost tragic string of blunders and bad news, Research In Motion may be in trouble deeper still. BGR reports that one of its "most trusted sources" inside RIM paints a very poor picture of Blackberry 10 and with it, possibly crushing the company's last hope to revive itself.

At the end of our conversation, our source communicated something shocking for a high-level RIM employee to say. He told us that RIM is betting its business on a platform and ecosystem that isn’t even as good as iPhone OS 1.0 or Android 2.0. “There’s no room for a fourth ecosystem,” he stated, “and DingleBerry also works on BlackBerry 10.” 

The implication is, of course, even if RIM can hold on long enough to release its next generation of Blackberry 10 phones, it still will not be able to compete. The market has effectively hung RIM out to dry with a very select niche of users. Unfortunately, the company has not been nimble enough to respond to the consumer smart phone revolution sparked by Apple and Google.

The release of Blackberry 10, formerly BBX before a recent lawsuit, was delayed until 2012 while RIM plans to patiently await the arrival of a new LTE chipset for their new line of smartphones. However, the source states this claim by CEO, Mark Lazardiris, is totally bogus. BGR's source goes on to say the real reason behind the wait is, "they don’t have a working product yet". 

During the correspondence, the insider says RIM's unreleased tablet software, Playbook 2.0, echoes the dismal state of Blackberry 10. The development version is still unable to utilize RIM's proprietary network for Blackberry email and messenger, both of course are key selling points for buying into the Blackberry ecosystem.

"Email and PIM [is better] on an 8700 than it is on BlackBerry 10" he criticizes, unfavorably comparing current efforts against the company's own handset which debuted in 2005.

Also this week, information was revealed suggesting a possible RIM buyout. No one knows how serious the offers were, but RIM held fast to its belief that it can keep itself afloat. Some of the company's largest investors have also been pressuring it for a change of leadership soon.

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VitalyT VitalyT said:

Time for RIM to be renamed into RIP, to make for adequate name for the new Blackberry model, then it will sell like hot cakes, for under $1 to the bunch of sentimentalists.

lawfer, TechSpot Paladin, said:

VitalyT said:

Time for RIM to be renamed into RIP, to make for adequate name for the new Blackberry model, then it will sell like hot cakes, for under $1 to the bunch of sentimentalists.

I would then still think of $1 as a rip (no pun intended) off.

princeton princeton said:

I forgot who wrote it but it was in response to RIM refusing all companies wanting to buy them up.

you only get so many life vests thrown at you before people are happy just to let you drown

RIM ruined any chance of survival ,it's unfortunate because their death will be a huge blow to my cities economy, but what can you do?

lawfer, TechSpot Paladin, said:

After reading the the actual BGR report (and after reading that RIM, through AllthingsD, denied such allegations), I finally came to something the source said:

"There's no room for a fourth ecosystem,"

Wait a minute. If RIM is indeed successful in revamping both their operating system, and developing ecosystem, they would be, in effect, <i>replacing</i> their existing platform with the new one, not creating an entirely separate (competing) one, correct? So why is this source saying (or at best, connote) that even if RIM does replace their existing platform with BB10/PlayBook 2.0 OS, there would be no room for a fourth ecosystem?

This indirectly implies that, currently, RIM's platform was never a third, but a fourth. So the question is, if to this supposed "high-level RIM employee" BB was was never a third, but a fourth, then who is, in actuality, the third? webOS? Windows Phone 7?

Ranger1st Ranger1st said:

RIMs CEO is arrogant beyond comprehension.. they sat on their laurels and did the min. possible for each release, the products were buggy and in some cases ( like my one and only curve) simply bricked in a few months, the RMA policies were so bad that no one but a corp. customer with access to replacements on hand had a chance of continued use.

I amazed this did not come sooner, they pay horribly, the actual people doing the design work for both HW & SW and treated poorly and most stay just long enough to fulfil the contracts and are gone. Did I mention they pay horribly..

Guest said:

there are rumors swirling that RIM will be bought out by,........... somebody. dont want to say who. but they make a very popular search engine

Guest said:

good riddance, their phones are so friggin' ugly !

Guest said:

The average age of BB users are totally getting older.

Small font text, small screen, and these old people

are now using magnifying glasses to browse on BB.

The BB design MUST include Magnifying Glasses to

be Service Friendly ! for their aging consumers.

mosu said:

sorry to put it this way, but do you really believe you'll be forever young? so you can kiss our aging arses.


People thought Apple was destined to fail also. They managed to make a huge comeback into the industry. Only time will tell.

Guest said:

I almost purchased a 2011 BB-PB but decided to wait on the strength of what's in store before spring this year, 2012. Now I see more negative comments to strike fear and uncertainty into my tender heart.

I tried last year's PB on specials everywhere in Canada, and found it extremely positive. I am hoping for an improved OS promised us plus some added email and calender features. I am no techie but I did see users accessing emails - or is this only possibe in wi-fi zones? Is tethering or pairing necessary?

I like to hear from some of your savvy guys.

Sam, the Tiger

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