RIM's Balsillie was seeking radical change of course, report says

04/13/2012 | Reuters

Research In Motion would have broken with its long-held strategy and allowed global wireless companies to serve non-BlackBerry smartphones and tablets along the company's proprietary network under a plan espoused by co-CEO Jim Balsillie before he resigned, according to a Reuters report. The plan, however, was opposed within the company. Balsillie reportedly pushed to allow carriers to ride RIM's network so they could provide limited, cheaper data plans -- for social media and instant messaging only -- as a way of encouraging low-end subscribers to abandon their feature phones.

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