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[BGR] Sprint cancels plans to launch 4G BlackBerry PlayBook citing lack of demand

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Sprint has abandoned its plans to launch a version of Research In Motion’s BlackBerry PlayBook tablet with an embedded 4G WiMAX radio. The nation’s No. 3 wireless carrier cited a lack of demand among business customers as its reasoning for the cancellation, The Wall Street Journal reports.

http://www.bgr.com/2011/08/12/sprint...ack-of-demand/
 
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#3 by default....Anyways most businesses use ATT and Verizon. I know for the business i work at we use Verizon on the east coast and mid west but ATT on west coast.
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Blackberry is heading into obscurity.
post #4 of 17
What's a blackberry?
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Even two years ago BlackBerry was considered King of the business/government sector. That's changed quite a bit with the advent of Android gaining more security with each major update, and iOS becoming much more business friendly as well.

Bottom line is: It's extremely hard to develop applications compared to iOS or Android, and RIM keeps holding out on OpenGL ES support. There's also the issue of their devices having very limited application memory further limiting application development.

Then there's the issue of every device being a direct refresh. The Storm line was a disaster - I would know I've owned both and used both extensively. Then the Torch never took off, most likely due to flat out omission of OpenGL support, crappy components and a flat out buggy OS.

Now RIM made a point to market OpenGL support in it's upcoming Torch refresh, and what was supposed to be the Storm 3 form factor is now the higher end version of the 2 version upcoming Torch line.

On top of all that, RIM is now blocking any application that competes with their own, including a newly submitted Browser sent in for App World review which RIM denied. RIM once said they'd never block applications that competed with their own even citing Apple doing exactly that.

Windows Phone 7 is a great OS, nice and fluid, great features, decent gaming, a hell of a media player, but it's just not taken off like MS hoped. Seems to be going the way of the Zune DAP line. The Zune HD was one of the best DAP's ever made and look where it ended up.

Seems the only real 2 "main" OS's are Android and iOS. Now Android is selling more numbers than iOS has started to dominate iOS. The next couple of years will be very interesting to see if any new OS's come out. I have a feeling from this point forward for the near future it will continue to be iOS and Android leading the pack.
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That's because:

Blackberries are horrible.
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I predict RIM going bankrupt within 10 years. Unlike Nokia, RIM doesn't have the third world to back them up. Once they lose western businesses, they're DONE.
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post #8 of 17
Blackberry is last decade. This is 2011. I don't doubt the lack of interest.
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post #9 of 17
Businesses thrive on success, and they won't invest into a company that looks like it's floundering. and that's all RIM has done the last 3 years. Sad to see it happen... they really had something.

I've said it a hundred times... If they don't make a cross platform, cloud based BBM app for Android/iOS/WebOS and make it play nice with the other versions, they'll be dead within 2 years. They can't develop a touchscreen device to save their lives, and they're looking older and weaker by the second.

Go global, or go home.
    
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post #10 of 17
RIM is just too far behind the times. What ever happened to the Storm 3?
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