i know this is probably the inappropriate place to post this thread, but i tried figuring this out myself with no luck.
i hear all this talk that the reason why blackberry doesnt design cameras on their phones is because the "big customers" don't want/like a camera feature. my cousin who is in the whole big business industry, saw my pearl and told me "its a good looking phone, but i don't like the camera."
my question is, why don't the "big customers" like this feature? whats wrong with a camera?
camera's arent allowed on devices becuase of security reasons, pervy reasons and just cuz they dont like them.
The real reasons is the 1st one I gave. alot of people want to keep their internal info hush hush. RIMs biggest client is the US gov't and with the war on terror they dont want to give away anything to the enemy.
An example, Trade Secrets are to be kept secret to retain protection under certain trade secret laws. Because if you write a patent on something that was a trade secret, you no longer have those specific protections. You may have the patent for something, but others can eventually copy it.
Could someone email a photo of intellectual property in a manner of seconds? I think so. Security couldn't knock you down fast enough.
I wouldn't be allowed to snap a picture of something I'm working on and email it to myself. I'm on a personal BIS, not BES, so the photo would go right out the building so to speak.
Common sense would tell most that all of your employees having a camera in sensitive areas would be risky. If the company provides your Blackberry it is just more easy to say NO CAMERAS to be safe. This is not hard to figure out.
In the corporate world a lot of things aren't ok. Some make sense. Some don't (like SOX compliance) even their intent is good. Some apply across the board, some don't. I mean, not all companies have the same policies so it's not as simple as a universal "big businesses are not ok with cameras" rule. Some businesses really don't care. Some facilities have much tighter security restrictions than others. A lot of such companies and government entities rely on Blackberries and form a significant portion of RIM's customer base. The entities that do care need to have the option to deploy Blackberries without cameras.
Thankfully, RIM is offering a camera-equipped and a non-camera-equipped model in the 88XX family so it's really a moot point. Now, whether or not a given carrier will offer both is a separate matter...