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