CANADIAN SMARTPHONE MAKER Research in Motion (RIM) has said that uptake of 4G will be vital to the success of its Blackberry 10 operating system and next generation devices.
Speaking at the Westminster Eforum event on Friday, the firm's SVP of sales Bob El-Hawary said that businesses now expect to be able to do things on their phone like they can on a computer, and that 4G will be central to delivering these capabilities.
With two disastrous years behind it, RIM is pinning all its hopes on BlackBerry 10, which is due to launch with a range of new smartphones in the first quarter of 2013. Initially slated for a 2012 launch, RIM's CEO Thorsten Heins delayed the launch as he wasn't happy with the way the system worked.
The company announced its BlackBerry 10 platform has received the FIPS 140-2 certification, which would allow government agencies to deploy the devices, along with the new BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 to run the devices, as soon as the new smartphones are launched.
It’s no secret that Research In Motion, the maker of the fabled BlackBerry, is on the decline.
If falling subscriber numbers last month weren’t bad enough, last week, the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) said that it will end its contract with RIM, replacing over 17,000 employees devices with iPhones in a deal worth $2.1 million.
In case you didn't catch it last week, the news that Research In Motion is in a "death spiral" has been greatly exaggerated. After the company announced its latest financial results, some analysts have changed their tune, and now believe RIM is back on the road to world domination—or at least isn't going to implode.
Research In Motion Ltd. posted its third straight quarterly loss, but the struggling BlackBerry maker did increase its subscriber base and cash position.
The company's loss narrowed to $235 million in its fiscal second quarter from $329 million a year ago as RIM tamed costs through a restructuring process that included widespread layoffs and closing manufacturing facilities.