Lazaridis Comments on Recent Outages and the iPhone

By James Falconer on 12 Mar 2008 11:11 am EDT

Lazaridis Comments on Data Outages and the iPhoneOur friends at SearchMobileComputing had a chance recently to sit down with Mike Lazaridis at the Gartner's Wireless and Mobile Summit in Chicago. The conversation was quite interesting, touching on the outages and new competition from the iPhone.

When asked about the recent outages, Lazaridis replied:

"We got a lot of criticism as to why we couldn't tell what happened within the first two hours. But you know what? We couldn't care less what happened; we just want to get it back up. And then we'll figure out what happened."

He also added:

"It's a blessing that they (users) care about us so much; it's a curse that we have to deal with it when something goes wrong,"

When questioned on the iPhone and their announcement of entry into the Enterprise world:

"I think the iPhone has a great deal of appeal to a certain class of users..."

He also added that Apple's approach produced devices that inevitably sacrificed advanced features for aesthetics. The interview covers a lot of good stuff, so click on over, take a read and come back and let us know what you think!

[ via SearchMobileComputing

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Lazaridis Comments on Recent Outages and the iPhone


I love the enthusiasm that this man shows for the berry's we all know and love. I think he is correct in saying that the IPhone will automatically attract a certain type of client with it's looks and name but then what. After getting it in hand and actually playing with it for awhile you do start to see it's "limitations".(No expandable memory to start) Don't get me wrong I have only had my berry now for about 2 months but having seriously considered both phones before making a purchase, I (a social user)chose a Blackberry. To each his own and IMHO RIM's longevity and creativity will be hard to match by any new comer. I am thrilled with my cherry crackberry and glad I passed on the IPhone everytime I catch my boss cussing at her I-thingy.

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