March 11, 2006

RIM Settles -- So What's Next?

RIM "took one for the team" in settling with NTP last week for a cool $612.5 million. While that's not chump change, it's understandable as the case was taking its toll on its customers and RIM's growth.

So while some are breathing sighs of relief, is RIM out of the woods? To answer this, you might want to read this NY Times piece, "Detractors of BlackBerry See Trouble Past Patents". Whether or not you agree with its tone, it does a nice job of laying out the coming challenges for RIM and its competitors, such as Microsoft and Palm. While BlackBerry is king of wireless e-mail, is that enough? For now, probably, but there will be customers who want more.

Topic(s):   Mobile Tech & Gadgets
Posted by Jeff Beard