Originally Posted by sheff
As I said before, I think RIM is gonna do just fine because of enterprise users. Sure iPhone now offers the same or even better features, but BB is still a status symbol for a business professional. Therefore, they can stop innovating and there would still be millions of sales in the medium term. I think just like MS RIM can have products be very late to market, and people would still buy them out of habit and because they are "good for business customers".
Sure the stock might take a plunge, but the company won't shut down and will just operate with a lower market cap.
I don't think that's true anymore. So many people in business are abandoning the BB, mostly in favor of iPhones, and to a lessor extent, Android phones. Even business people are consumers. And with more companies allowing people to bring their own phones in, and their willingness to integrate them into their company network, the BB is being pushed out. And, in addition, when it's the "C" level executives that are doing the bringing and pushing, the CIO has no ability to deny them.
We're seeing the same thing happening to tablets. Most CIOs' have stated in a survey late last year, that they would be getting iPads, or have already done so. Only 9% said they were interested in the Playbook.
While it's sad, it really does look as though RIMs' time has passed. By the time QNX is on their phones, their sales and marketshare will have plummeted further. And then there's the problem of convincing developers to write for the platform.