Research in Motion said today that the technology does not exist to provide India with access to BlackBerry corporate e-mail services. "There is no possibility of us providing any kind of a solution. There is no solution; there are no keys to be handed," RIM Vice President Robert Crow said. RIM has been talking to officials in India about the government's demands to monitor e-mail services as a security measure against terrorists.
Research in Motion co-CEO Jim Balsillie didn't let Apple CEO Steve Jobs' criticism of RIM's BlackBerry operating system go unanswered, responding to the attack by saying Apple lives in its own "distortion field." Jobs had bashed RIM's 7-inch tablet screen, which led Balsillie to respond, "We think many customers are getting tired of being told what to think by Apple."
Research in Motion Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis does not necessarily consider video to be the killer application that will make smartphones a must-buy device, but he told a banker-hosted conference Friday that video traffic was a major threat to bog down the airwaves. The BlackBerry executive said it was urgent that carriers and phone makers find more efficient methods of delivering bandwidth-rich applications.
Research in Motion says its plans to bring the BlackBerry to China are still on, but deferred questions of a commercial launch date to its partner, China Mobile. "We are working with China Mobile to build a step-by-step approach," said Charles Liu, RIM's general manager for China. "In building our business in China, we are focused on our partnership."
Research In Motion Chairman and co-CEO James L. Balsillie said the company has a "software workaround" in place to keep BlackBerry's U.S. service running even if it is ordered to end service by the judge presiding over its patent dispute with NTP. Balsillie also said the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has signaled that it will eventually reject all of NTP's wireless e-mail patents, which are the focal point of the case. NTP co-founder Donald E. Stout said NTP's case would not be undermined even if the patent office were to rule against it, and added that the judge could still issue an injunction.