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Is RIM Dead?

By November 26, 2012March 6th, 2023Technology News

Research in Motion, Blackberry’s creator and marketer, has had a tough go of it in these past 24 months. Since Apple hopped on board the mobile device market, RIM’s financial situation has only gone steadily downhill. Their market capitalization has dropped over 95%, driving the company to try numerous tactics to try and keep their heads above water. Many people in the tech world have simply been waiting for RIM’s obituary to show its ugly face.

However, a report that came out in September indicated that RIM had actually gained around 2 million subscribers, which doesn’t usually happen to companies that are knocking on death’s door.

So, obviously Blackberry still has a couple of advantages that people are starting to recognize. Among other things, Blackberry Messenger and Webmail are still very strong, and two of the most highly complimented features of the Blackberry line.

If you’re wondering how that could possibly matter in the world of fast apps and high-powered Smartphones, it’s partially because RIM’s network is so tightly connected that data is used sparingly. Even with full Internet connection, Blackberry phones rarely use more than a few MB of data a day. An iPhone, for example, uses an average of 1 MB per minute with light browsing.

The company may not be completely out of the game, though they are still far from being out of the woods. With a change in direction, market focus, and embrace of technology, we may see this company come back to thrive among the living yet.

Picture credit: Research in Motion

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.