RIM Official Response Over Apple iPhone 4 Antennagate Statement

You are probably aware that during the Apple press conference yesterday, Steve Jobs pointed the finger at a couple of smartphones that also lose bars when held a certain way, the first of which was the RIM BlackBerry Bold 9700.

Well according to an article over on Crackberry by Kevin Michaluk, it appears that Research In Motion is somewhat annoyed at Steve Jobs and Apple and have stated Apple was trying to “distort the public’s understanding of an antenna design issue and to deflect attention from Apple’s difficult situation.”

An official statement on the matter was released by Research In Motion’s joint CEO’s Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie, here’s the official response to Apple’s claims…

“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

So in trying to allay iPhone 4 user’s worries over the iPhone 4 antenna issue it appears that Mr. Jobs and Apple have seriously got up the nose of Research In Motion.


4 thoughts on “RIM Official Response Over Apple iPhone 4 Antennagate Statement”

  1. That was a really lame attempt to bring down RIM with Apple regarding this reception "death grip" fiasco. Apple needs to recall the iphones and fix them

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    Tarantado says:

    Many BlackBerry 9700 users tried what Jobs mentioned and most of us wasn't able to replicate it, unless we hold the phone in a very unusual way. That is just a low-blow.

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    Admirul says:

    Steve Job had a Big EGO !!! From the Body language of his Three Superior on the Breffing, anybody CAN or VERY2 Understand what's Really happened about "antenagate" Problems… I bought iPhone 2G, 3G & 3GS n i Know, this Gadget is Innovative but had a 101 Problem Compare with my Motorola V9, Nokia Xpress Music. If my CEO like this in the Formal Meeting, i Suggest to the Share Holder to Step Down or RePlace this Egoist CEO !!! For Me, after Client gives u a Money, Purchased the gadget – U must 99.99% makes the Client / Buyer Happy about the gadget & Do Not make them RUMPUS !!! But your Propaganda's for the Gadget is a TOP in the planet. Yes, Only Propaganda.

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    applenomore says:

    Apple are trying to keep a hold on a monopoly. The iphone is probably one of the few phones where you cannot just drag and drop an mp3 onto it and play it and nor can you just drag any file onto it to play/view. I don't buy a cd and when i go to play it, the machine alters the files on it so how come if i buy an mp3 from elsewhere apple are allowed to change it's filetype to go onto it's phones?
    This is the first iphone i`ve bought and probably the last due to mr jobbs arrogance over what is clearly a design fault. Any fool knows holding an antenna alters the antennas physical attributes, well anyone except the apple fanboys and apple itself it appears! Needless to say, the apple fanboys will be drooling over getting a free cover that costs $21 according to apple but actually cost apple $1 to buy from some sweat shop in a 3rd world country!

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