Originally Posted by rambo47
RIM made the Blackberry first and foremost as an email device. Do you expect their primary focus to be on anything else? If you get a Blackberry and you don't get a data plan then you're missing the features that make the Blackberry great. Why did you get it at all? I don't expect RIM to really give a crap about people who get a Blackberry just to have the latest fashion accessory or techno-bling.
Kinda like asking how to get your Corvette to get 60 MPG. You don't. Get a Prius and live with the performance.
I don't know that that is a fair statement nor is such criticism.
RIM did NOT make the Pearl
as an e-mail device. Fact is, there are 200 million U.S. cell phone users. Of that, there are appx. 5 million BB users [I think it has gone up to 5.8 million with Pearl sales].
RIM had to decide to stay with the BB as primarily a device used by professionals or to grow, otherwise known as going after part of the 195 million "nonprofessional" cell phone users.
With the Pearl they are trying to tap into the casual market, to compete with other multi-media Smartphones out there. The ability to send and receive e-mail is NOT a factor for these people. At best, SMS [text messaging] is what these people care about [as evidenced by carriers having SMS pricing plans. SMS is the favored communication means by the casual, non-professional user, not e-mail].
The Pearl is also NOT being marketed
an an e-mail device. In fact, the focus has been to attract new customers with the camera, MP3 player and video player. RIM's focus with the Pearl is NOT to sign up e-mail customers. It's to sell phones first, then after that to see if they might want to subscribe to the BB/data plan. RIM markets its other phones to the professional market, not the Pearl.
Word has it that many users are buying the Pearl for its "cool" factor and ability to do things that all the other phones do. They are not ordering a data plan, at least not for its BB e-mail service.
I would agree with RIM's Pearl approach. One has to admit that the Pearl as a multi-media device/phone is pretty cool and it is inexpensive considering all that it does.
In other words, even if the Pearl did NOT have e-mail capability, it would still be a pretty sharp phone. I recall the days when a digital camera, MP3 or video player would have individually cost $300. Now, I get all these things, plus a phone, for $200 [upgrade price].