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RIM Co-CEO Balsillie Sought Radical Shift in RIM Strategy Before Leaving

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Research In Motion’s former co-CEO Jim Balsillie tried to resurrect the struggling smartphone maker by suggesting plans that would allow wireless carriers and device manufacturers to take advantage of the company’s own data efficient proprietary networks. Balsillie’s plans never came to fruition, however, and he stepped down on the evening of March 29th after RIM reported dismal Q4 2011 earnings.

Balsillie’s plan would have allowed U.S. and international wireless carriers to tap into RIM’s network, Reuters explained on Friday. Such an option would allow carriers to offer cheaper smartphones and data plans to customers who are used to using feature phones. The data plans would have been limited to just social media, BlackBerry Messenger and instant messaging. Perhaps that’s why we’ve heard so many rumors suggesting that RIM is working on BBM for Android and iOS devices.

Unfortunately, Balsillie’s plan eventually “led to discord at the highest levels,” Reuters said, which then resulted in Balsillie’s decision to step down from the company. Balsillie had reportedly been in talks with AT&T, Verizon, Vodafone, Deutsche Telekom, France Telecom, Telefonica SA and a major Canadian carrier.

[via Reuters]


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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