Joint statement from RIM Co-CEOs in response to misleading comments by Apple


Apple’s attempt to draw RIM into Apple’s self-made debacle is unacceptable. Apple’s claims about RIM products appear to be deliberate attempts to distort the public’s understanding of an antenna design issue and to deflect attention from Apple’s difficult situation. RIM is a global leader in antenna design and has been successfully designing industry-leading wireless data products with efficient and effective radio performance for over 20 years. During that time, RIM has avoided designs like the one Apple used in the iPhone 4 and instead has used innovative designs which reduce the risk for dropped calls, especially in areas of lower coverage.

One thing is for certain, RIM’s customers don’t need to use a case for their BlackBerry® smartphone to maintain proper connectivity. Apple clearly made certain design decisions and it should take responsibility for these decisions rather than trying to draw RIM and others into a situation that relates specifically to Apple.

Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie

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  • Michel L Guindon

    I agree with your entry… I’m tired of Americans and American companies pointing fingers to Canada with their own problems. The same can be said with the oil industry they keep citing the oilsands in Ft. McMurray when they have a disaster in their own backyard.

    Apple made a design flaw and they should own up to it.

  • pdxguy

    This statement is so bogus. You don’t ‘need’ a case to use the iPhone 4. And your (blackberry) phones are not immune to attenuation.

    Why is this message so hostile anyways?

    Also for the record, the reception I’ve had on my iPhone in low signal area smokes by Bold 9000 every day of the week. My bold went into SOS mode every day at home. Quality 20 years of global leadership in antenna design!

  • Anonymous

    As an iPhone lover (who plans on buying an iPhone 4) I was surprised Apple was able to duplicate Antennagate on stage as according to my “lying eyes” most of my friends blackberry’s don’t encounter this issue.

    Either way, Apple’s presentation was very damaging to the RIM brand, and you may need to make a more visible confrontation lest your brand suffers.

  • Sarah

    Where did apple mention you guys?

  • Aik Wae

    dont throw your mistake to someone else…

  • martinkorben

    U GO GIRLZ !!


    Hooray RIM! Boo Apple!

  • Mkinder

    I'm a total blackberry user, who has been using wireless devices since diamondtel had a cell phone that had a huge battery you had to carrl in a sling. I believe it ws 1988. My device is better than any iphone ever built.

  • Abc

    The hostility was started my Jobs when he dragged other phone manufacturers into his conference. Jobs should grow a pair and take ownership for the fault, instead of playing the 'everyone is as bad as us' game.

  • Mek90703

    Did you listen to Steve Jobs statement? He sounded like a whiney little kid who got caught doing something wrong and he tried to drag Blackberry and Droid under the bus with him. If there wasn't a problem, then why are they giving away a free case. Being an iPhone user, you should know that Apple gives NOTHING away.

  • Sexyjeking

    for me you need to do a new blackberry a beautiful design than ipone so tah the buyers buy youe fone hehehhehe :)) gudluck blackberry

  • dew lay lowmow

    Did you have a look at Endadget's poll yet? Lots of users have actually experienced signal losses in bars as well. Its a proven fact, my 9700 doesn't but the one my buddy does. Whats the big deal about how they mentioned you and other brands ina presentation… i really don't see anything wrong with that. i'm guessing people as consumers are free to say what they want by word of mouth, but when an Enterprise mentions it “it becomes a wrong doing??” bullS**T. RIM get a life and stop whining.

    • Caspan

      Are you serious??? This is a major, major issue that Apple has decided to play down by saying that the same happens to other companies on their phones. That is illegal to put out a statement like that with 0 research to prove it. Do you ever wonder why in commercials that Tide cannot say that they are better then Cheer? It is because they cannot say that with out getting their pants sued off. You have to have research to allow a statement like that to go out and it better be sound proof beyond a doubt. It is unacceptable and shameful on Apple for treating its customers like this. Why don’t you take some of that extra 50% mark up and fix your damn phone.

      I cannot wait till RIM fights back with sound proof that what Steve Jobs said was BS and sues Apple and lets see who they blame next. BTW we run over 50 BlackBerry Smartphones not one of them has an antenna problem. I have 3 friends with iPhone 4’s all of them have the problem! the proof is in the pudding.

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  • owned

    Nice try Jobs, RIM basically told you that you suck at life and get your game together before you run your mouth. Gangster

  • Tattooeddiver72

    I have a Blackberry Storm and the phone it self is fine. The only thing I don’t like about it and the reason i am going to the Droid is there is no app space on the phone. That is really the only problem I have with my blackberry.

  • Z Tony

    RIM you should turn the other cheek and offer to help Apple with “their” problem . . . The almighty Apple God would NEVER take your helping hand so you WIN either way 😉

  • kovergyrl

    You go blackberry!!!! I love my blackberry curve and I have for years. I’m glad yall set Apple straight b/c right now they think they’re the best thing going.

  • Scott

    Realistically every company is responsible for the products they put into the publics hands. If your product fails then you need to own it and fix it. The public most likely would have been accepting of Apple saying “We screwed up and we are sorry, however we have a fix. And “if” it works then this is how we are going to help our customers by giving them a case to correct the problem we created not blame others. RIM has every right to call Steve Jobs on this as it is bad business practice as well and dishonest. If RIM or any other manufacturer has problems let them tell the public themselves. Did RIM go around telling everyone don’t buy an iphone??? Food for thought.

  • kremer

    Fact is fact, I use a iphone and a 9800, though ip may be fun but frustrating, and a BB is afterall THE phone for serious users, rock solid, far far better reception, no drops..its the Thinkpad of phones!!

  • donovan

    Dew Lay Low- I don’t think you really grasp the point that was being made. Steve Jobs was trying to push the blame on other people, more specifically RIM and Andriod. All phones are gonna receive weak reception at times but that doesn’t mean throwing them under the bus and pointing out flaws in other devices. Apple is making false claims to try and cover up their mistake and basically say “our phone might have this, but look at all the others who are worst.”
    And I’m pretty sure RIM did grow some balls and stood up for their amazing product by issuing a public statement. Also, I’m sure they aren’t complaining but simply saying, those accusations are not true. I think it was tactful and witty. =)

  • Caspan

    I cannot wait to see Apple pull their pants up from this one.

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