RIM’s Response to Apple’s Press Conference

by Winston Sih | July 17, 2010July 17, 2010 7:00 pm PDT
Apple CEO Steve Jobs defended and reiterated the iPhone 4’s over-exaggerated “Antennagate” problem at their press conference at Infinite Loop, Friday in Cupertino.  At the event was a presentation that demonstrated other smartphones that exhibited the same antenna attenuation as the iPhone 4.  Devices included the BlackBerry Bold 9700, HTC Droid Eris and the Samsung Omnia II.
RIM CEO Jim Balsillie did not respond lightly to the situation and described the “attempt to deflect attention from Apple’s difficult situation” as an unacceptable one.  The strong-worded response is included below:

“Apple’s attempt to draw RIM into Apple’s self-made debacle is unacceptable. Apple’s claims about RIM products appear to be deliberate attempts to distort the public’s understanding of an antenna design issue and to deflect attention from Apple’s difficult situation. RIM is a global leader in antenna design and has been successfully designing industry-leading wireless data products with efficient and effective radio performance for over 20 years. During that time, RIM has avoided designs like the one Apple used in the iPhone 4 and instead has used innovative designs which reduce the risk for dropped calls, especially in areas of lower coverage. One thing is for certain, RIM’s customers don’t need to use a case for their BlackBerry smartphone to maintain proper connectivity. Apple clearly made certain design decisions and it should take responsibility for these decisions rather than trying to draw RIM and others into a situation that relates specifically to Apple.”

– Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie