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RIM Fighting Back After Jobs Draws Blackberry Devices into Antennagate

Research in Motion’s Co-CEOs aren’t taking Steve Jobs allegations of faulty antenna design laying down. The two have issued a statement after Steve Jobs held a press conference yesterday when he made the case that the iPhone 4’s reception issues aren’t unique to the iPhone 4. To demonstrate, he showed a video of a BlackBerry Bold 9700 losing bars when held in a death grip.

Jobs provided stats and charts trying to prove that the iPhone 4 wasn’t all that bad. As I tweeted yesterday, Apple must have hired the U.S. Department of Labor’s statisticians. Below is the statement from RIM:

“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

via Crackberry

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5 Comments

  1. Adni

    07/17/2010 at 3:15 pm

    .iPhone4 has a serious defect, it’s a malfunctioning phone, dropping calls and signals. Worse it has been iFAKING signals. Thats fraud, showing signals when there isn’t, Jobs admited to that.

    Consumer report said not to buy iPhone4 because of it’s serious defect. What if 911 Droped calls causes real deaths?

    AAPL/Jobs has forever been lying and dishonest about their security issues and malfunctioning products, then blame the consumers and media.
    AAPL/Jobs has lied about the antena malfunction.
    AAPL/Jobs has lied about the nasty emails to customers
    AAPL/Jobs has been more dishonest and ruthless and selfish than the Chinese communist regime.
    If it was any other company they would have been in more hot water than AAPL is right now.

    iPhone4 is a marketting gimmic. It is not capable of running on 4G network and does not run on 4G network. Only EVO 4G and soon coming Samsung Epic 4G runs on 4G network
    AAPL/Jobs has been forgiven all the time for all wrongs, including on your face lies, and 3rd party blame game.

    EVO 4G vs. iPhone4 vs Droid, EVO 4G wins hands down easy. See it yourself on this 101 comparison infront of your eyes.
    http://skattertech.com/2010/06/infographic-evo-4g-vs-iphone-4-vs-droid-x/comment-page-1/#comment-77677

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  2. Adni

    07/17/2010 at 3:17 pm

    LIED ABOUT DEFECTS
    LIED ABOUT SIGNAL STRENGTH
    LIED ABOUT THE CAUSE OF SIGNAL
    LIED ABOUT NASTY EMAILS TO CUSTOMERS
    LIED AND CALLED CUSTOMERS AND EVERYONE ELSE LIARS
    LIED AND BLAMED ALL 3rd PARTIES
    LIED AND BLAMED ADOBE
    LIED AND BLAMED WiFi NETWORK FOR MALFUNCTIONING iPhone4 AT THE STAGE LAUNCH
    LIED AND BLAMED ATT

    NOW Apple/Jobs DROGING RIMM/NOKIA DOWN WITH THEM.

    Apple/Jobs is dirty game player, lowest of all lows in the corporate world.

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  3. Mickey Segal

    07/18/2010 at 7:59 am

    The misrepresentation of signal strength is a gray area because there isn’t a formal standard of what bars must mean. The other issues are also more properly classified as misrepresentations; it is the difference between telling the truth and telling the whole truth.

    It would be good to see Consumer Reports compare signal loss on the iPhone versus other handsets. Apple has provided an existence proof of the ability to lose signal on other devices. What we now need is quantitative information. If the iPhone is 10 times as likely to lose signal as the BlackBerry that would be a concrete example of the difference between an existence proof and telling the whole truth.

    It is unfortunate that Consumer Report data gets deleted from Apple forums (http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/874b1228-8eab-11df-8a67-00144feab49a.html) since what we need in this situation is data from independent sources.

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    • Mike aka C-141xlr

      07/18/2010 at 12:21 pm

      “It would be good to see Consumer Reports compare signal loss on the iPhone versus other handsets. Apple has provided an existence proof of the ability to lose signal on other devices.”

      I’m sure they built that special test chamber “CU’s radio frequency (RF) isolation chamber” just to prove the Apple phones have signal loss. They would never ruin that chamber by put the likes a a crackberry into it!

      From CU’s blog “We also tested several other AT&T phones the same way, including the iPhone 3G S and the Palm Pre. None of those phones had the signal-loss problems of the iPhone 4”.

      I really don’t think Apple proved anything about other phones. That little video of one losing some bars does not qualify as proof or hard data. All of their facts are just numbers they dispersed to the media to protect themselves. Just change their name to BP, now how do you feel about those numbers?

      The problem is not that the bars drop, its that the signal drops. The bars only give a graphical representation of signal strength and there is no standard for that. Have you not seen the bars on your phone change without you doing a thing?

      I watched a CNET video which was very telling. The audio dropped or became very difficult to understand. The bars can be showing anything, its the quality of the signal – which is what CU tested.

      “More bars in more places” ~AT&T Because they wrote the software to make it look that way!

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  4. David Howard

    07/18/2010 at 10:13 am

    Adni – to be clear, the iPhone 4 is called that not because it runs on a 4G network, but because it is the 4th version of the OS.

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