Originally Posted by corey@12mile
Blackberry's have a physical IR port on them, but at this time, because most of the larger customers are very security oriented (or so we think) it is not implemented in the software.
I would imagine RIM has/is/will be working on some different firmware revisions to where people can select the subset of features they want. I think maybe once BES IT policy is mature enough to give administrators a bit more flexibility this all may become a reality.
I think the IR port is for "future considerations" as opposed to wasting this that or the other thing. As BB apps become more prevalent, there may be more of a need for IR printing or such.
I must be missing something... what does the IR port have to do with "security?" Maybe I have missed something. Like ACNST claimed it is merely for decoration. There is absolutely no "hardware" on the main board itself... I would imagine that once upon a time there was actually a IR port there when the 6 series and 7 series Blackberry's were first introduced.
IMO I think that since all the housing were mass produced in large quantities and the designers decided to keep it that way to avoid any type of confusion or unneccessary suspicions. Most of the consumers who use Blackberry's are older generations who likes to keep things the same, consistant and most importantly, familar. The "form factor" is very important for Blackberry as a company as no other manufactures have adopted similar design and form. The size of a Blackberry has almost became the official "tag" or brand name. Anyone who has used a Blackberry will be able to determine if someone else is also using a "Blackberry" simply because all the voice&data units all have the similar shapes and sizes. I am pretty confident to say that the desingers did not want to make any drastic changes in the cosmetics because they would lose some loyal customers who have become accustomed to Blackberry's.
I sell Blackberry's as well as other cellular devices for a living and I have noticed that customers who are looking to upgrade their BB devices are reluctant to upgrade to the 7100 series mainly because they don't want to be broken out of their comfort shell. In addition most cusotmers don't like the feel of the "new and improved" smaller sized 7100 series because of the way they look or feel in the customers hands, not to mention they have to "relearn" how to use the new "suretype."
So in conclusion, I believe that I the IR port was actually an IR port once upon a time but now it has become a "emblem" or simply for cosmetics.