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Old 02-06-2006, 10:30 PM
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A freind of mine's company just informed him they will be moving to Trio's as of feb 25 as that is when BB's will cease activity in the US - any other info?
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I wouldn't say that Blackberry is going away completely atleast not for now. Blackberries are not a true 3 Generation phone which in itself has limitations. Companies do not want to invest in additional towers to give users/customers the true capabilites of 3G phones. Technologies like Trio will eventually take over the market, but it will be a while. The FCC is still trying to sell off wi-fi frequencies to improve competition.

Blackberry does have their limitations as far as download and upload speeds, which once wi-fi/cellular technologies merge your cell phone/PDA will have faster connection rates than today's home wireless networks.

It is hard to say when wifi cellular will be the next standard. But not at the end of this month, that is for sure.
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Old 02-07-2006, 02:30 PM
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I think your friends company might just be playing it safe. The decision isn't due until March and then it may be some time after that before an actual shut down is ordered. Personally, I don't think there will be a shutdown but you never know. I find it hard to believe that one man ( one guy owns NTP, the patent holder) would turn down 500+ million dollars!!

This is from MACWORLD Magazine:

In a statement Wednesday to Computerworld, Mark Guibert, vice president of corporate marketing at RIM, said the company does have a work-around design that is “ready and will be implemented if necessary” and said that RIM will “protect customer interests against NTP’s threats.” NTP, meanwhile, is hoping that a lower court will issue a permanent injunction against RIM.

This is an interesting article also:

Also on Wednesday, the U.S. Patent Office issued a "non-final" rejection of an NTP patent involved in the dispute, sending RIM (down $1.23 to $72.38, Research) shares soaring nine percent in Nasdaq trading.

The patent office has now issued non-final rejections on all five of the patents at the center of the legal tussle between NTP and RIM.

The decision works in RIM's favor, but it shifts the weight in the battle ever so slightly, ICAP analyst Richard Williams said. "It takes the heavy weight off RIM's shoulders. The basis of NTP's infringement claims now has been disallowed," he said.

But, the judge who is hearing the case in U.S. district court has not been swayed by previous patent office rulings.

Furthermore, NTP has the right to appeal the decisions, which could extend the battle by another two years, Williams said. That's not ideal, especially since RIM's rivals are busily launching competing products.

James Wallace, lead trial counsel for NTP, said the latest ruling from the patent office doesn't affect NTP's ongoing patent infringement case against RIM.

"This is precisely what the patent office said it was going to do," he told CNNMoney.com.

Wallace said NTP would bring the matter to the patent appeals board if the patent office were to issue final rejections of NTP's patents.

Final decisions from the patent office aren't likely to be made until the end of February. Final rejections could deny the validity of the patents and could potentially discredit NTP's claims against RIM, Goldman Sachs analysts said in a report last month.
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http://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/10/te...gewanted=print

February 10, 2006
BlackBerry Maker Promises to Offer Backup Gear Soon
By IAN AUSTEN
OTTAWA, Feb. 9 — Research in Motion said Thursday that it would soon release backup software that would keep its BlackBerry wireless e-mail service working even if a federal court shuts down the current system.

The announcement comes two weeks before a federal district court in Richmond, Va., will begin hearings on a request by NTP, a patent-holding company in Arlington, Va., to ban the sale and use of most BlackBerries in the United States. The ban would apply to everyone except government and emergency workers.

Jim Balsillie, the chairman and co-chief executive of R.I.M., said in a statement that R.I.M.'s new software "provides a contingency for our customers and partners and a counterbalance to NTP's threats." Mr. Balsillie added, "This will hopefully lead to more reasonable negotiations since NTP risks losing all future royalties if the workaround is implemented."

Kevin Anderson, a lawyer for NTP, said the vagueness of the announcement made it impossible to judge Mr. Balsillie's claims.

"Maybe it is a workaround, I don't really know," Mr. Anderson said, referring to the new software. "This is such old news there's nothing to comment on."

It is not the first time R.I.M. has said it has a fallback system in abeyance. Analysts have questioned how well such a system would work, how difficult it might be to install and whether it would be free of patent complications.

Today, R.I.M. committed itself to distributing the new software, but added that it was still being tested. The company did not provide details on how the new system would operate, how it would avoid NTP's patent claims or even when distribution would begin.

R.I.M. did not respond to requests for comment.

In its statement, R.I.M. said it would begin shipping the software to corporate servers and would also include it in new handsets for American customers along with the current software.

The company is hoping that existing BlackBerry owners will be excluded by the court from any injunction. If they are not, they would need to download and install the new software, R.I.M. said.

The new software would not be activated right away, and even new handsets would continue to run on the current system. But if an injunction were imposed, R.I.M. said it would switch users and corporate servers to the new software by remote control from its headquarters in Waterloo, Ontario.

BlackBerry owners elsewhere in the world would stick with the current software. They would need the backup software only if they traveled to the United States and an injunction were imposed.

As it has indicated in earlier public statements, R.I.M. said Thursday that the new software would not alter BlackBerry service in any way apparent to users.

But the company's assurances of an easy transition were at odds with a filing R.I.M. made with the federal court on Jan. 17.

In arguing against an injunction, the company said putting alternative software in place "would likely involve some significant effort on the part of users and their supporting organizations." It added that some users were likely to run into problems because of the software changes.

"It is reasonably certain that some of R.I.M.'s existing customers will opt for other providers, even though inferior in many respects."

In a Web posting intended for corporate computer administrators, R.I.M. offered some general information about one change that would be evident to them. Now, when BlackBerry users are in an area without wireless service, R.I.M.'s central computer holds their messages and sends them as soon as a connection is re-established.

The alternative system, however, would not do that. R.I.M.'s computer would send a message to the users' corporate mail server asking it to, in effect, try again later.

Susan Kalla, an analyst with Caris & Company, said that the difference suggested that instead of sending messages directly as the current software does, the new software would first check to see if users' BlackBerries were switched on and within range of service. That extra step, Ms. Kalla added, would introduce a time delay, or latency, into the BlackBerry system.
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