Originally Posted by rcbjr
The BB is a comunication tool for businesses first. This is the primary market for RIM and will resist allowing more access to the internal file structure due to security concerns.
I agree with everything you've said, but I wouldn't exclude the possibility that RIM might someday split the BlackBerry lines into two distinct branches.
Again, this is speculation and not based on any proprietary information. A flip-style consumer-oriented phone could look different enough that businesses could safely ban them from sensitive locations. The downside to this strategy would be that it might necessitate two distinct operating systems -- or at least, a software environment that keeps a rigid wall between the pure-business and pure-consumer models.
Security is job one for RIM, and there would be no point expanding into new consumer areas if it meant jeopardizing their current markets, particularly government sales.
Another reason RIM has been slow to adopt new technologies is their concern with maximizing battery life. That slowed down the introduction of color and brighter screens. Built-in cameras (especially with a flash) and MP3 playback are still a big drain on the battery. Most businesses couldn’t care less about these two features, especially if they run down the battery and cause an employee to miss an important phone call or e-mail.
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