just missed it, said Carl Howe, vice president of consumer research at Yankee Group.
From there it seemed the sky was the limit.
sell the business and look at other ventures.
Turning the idea into a marketable product was a bigger challenge. The world had yet to become accustomed to the Internet age and most people hadn heard of email, nevermind used it. While the project was a bust with its first partner Cantel, RIM forged ahead.
A demand had been created, and subscribers to the BlackBerry services continued to grow in leaps and bounds. In 1999, RIM listed on the Nasdaq, raising another US$250 million.
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But amid all of the success a storm of competition was brewing in the tech industry. market, garnering widespread praise from critics and consumers, but hardly rattling its competitors.
missed the idea that you could create a really good experience without having a keyboard. They gave Apple a two year head start. the time the iPhone hit Canadian shelves, RIM was facing scrutiny from analysts who worried that the growing number competitors, which now also included Google Android system, would devour marketshare.
Branding executives pondered the device, focusing mainly on its appearance, and when one of them pointed out the little keypad looked like similar to the seeds of a strawberry, the conversation zeroed in on the names of fruits and vegetables. Eventually, the group settled on because it was both punchy and remained true to the device original black casing.
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The smartphone Nike Tracksuit Gray was in demand at corporate offices around the world, and soon the more casual consumer began to take notice, helping to boost its subscribers to nine million by 2007. RIM also secured a distribution deal in China, driving its stock to a level that made it the most valuable Canadian company.
One of those projects put RIM squarely in the eyes of Hollywood. The DigiSync film reader caught on with movie editors because its synching technology shaved hours off the time it took to turn miles of film into useable content in post production. While the technology went on to win RIM both an Emmy and a technical achievement from the Academy Awards, it was never a top priority for RIM founders.
Outside the courtrooms the BlackBerry was a massive success, garnering headlines when its enterprise network remained intact after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11 when other wireless phone systems broke down.
Suddenly the BlackBerry was everywhere in the technology community, thrust into the spotlight by the enthusiastic co CEO Balsillie who touted the device on Wall Street and handed it out for free at select technology conferences. Balsillie knew how to build buzz and proudly tapped away on the BlackBerry whenever he appeared before the media.
The lower profile with Canadian consumers also seemed to minimize the concern from RIM executives, who publicly downplayed the influence of the iPhone in an already crowded mobile phone market.
An agreement with Ericcson Mobitex wireless network allowed RIM to create pagers that operated as a two way communicators, a revolutionary concept for data transfer.
It has been a steep decline for RIM, which less than five years ago was the most valuable company in Canada, above Royal Bank (TSX:RY). Affectionately called the maker, the mobile communications pioneer was Canada crowning achievement of the technology sector.
In 1996, RIM launched its first sales success, a clamshell wireless handheld device called the RIM 900 Interactive Pager. It was a two way communicator that also had the ability to send faxes, as well as link to the Internet and email.
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But Lazaridis discovered that the email feature, which he believed was one of the strongest qualities of the device, wasn being used by most customers. So he hired Lexicon Branding, based in California, to find a way to draw more attention to its keyboard, the main feature that differentiated it from other pagers.
The BlackBerry reputation was growing at a steady clip, helped by the introduction of cellphone service in 2002 on what had been a text only device. Within two years, BlackBerry reached more than 1 million subscribers.
The company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange in 1997, raising more than $115 million, and debuted the first BlackBerry the following year.
The success grabbed the attention of Virginia based NTP Inc. which filed a lawsuit claiming that RIM network infringed on its patents. While NTP won the case, and the courts ordered RIM to pay US$23.1 million, the battle continued in appeals courts for years before a settlement was reached for a much heftier $612.5 million.
RIM went on the defensive in 2008, releasing a combination keypad and touchscreen device it called the Storm, but the phone was swept up in a flurry of other BlackBerry releases that year. Much of the marketing clout was put behind the debut of a high end BlackBerry Bold, which wasn a touchscreen.
The technology captured the attention and imaginations of an industry, and perhaps most importantly Jim Balsillie, an energetic Harvard graduate who, at the age of 33, invested $250,000 of his own money into the company by re mortgaging his house.
systems that would become the foundation of the BlackBerry.
Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer famously dismissed the touchscreen device that year, saying no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. it was a strategic decision or simply coincidence, Apple kept its iPhone far away from the Canadian marketplace for nearly a year, choosing to launch in six other countries first.
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