Published on February 4th, 2013 | by Alex Veeneman0
POLL: New BlackBerry Model Picked up by Carriers
Alex Veeneman, Opinions Editor
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Mobile carriers in the United States have confirmed their intentions to carry Research In Motion’s BlackBerry 10 as soon as it is made available.
Spokespersons for T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon confirmed the Canadian smartphone maker’s new device would be made available on their networks. It had been reported by the Dow Jones technology news site All Things Digital that AT&T was also to carry the BlackBerry 10. A representative for AT&T did not respond to a telephone message seeking comment.
The BlackBerry 10 launched Jan. 30. A spokeswoman for Research in Motion said that details on availability and pricing would be made public after the launch announcement.
Ray Klump, chairman of Lewis’ math and computer science department, said in spite of the launch, Research In Motion’s future looks bleak.
“The two major platforms now, Android and iOS, have decidedly taken RIM’s target market, the enterprise user,” Klump said. “Enterprises don’t commit to platforms lightly, and yet, they flocked to Android and iOS. Features is part of it, but RIM’s missteps, borne of its centralized architecture that is highly susceptible to widespread and lengthy outages, was certainly a catalyst.”
Klump added that Android and iOS would remain popular with the Enterprise consumer.
“RIM has been crowded out, and I don’t think they have the star power or the engineering talent to recover from that,” Klump said.