Articles by Chris Umiastowski

Bloomberg’s interview with Thorsten Heins shows that BlackBerry’s game plan hasn’t changed

Bloomberg’s interview with Thorsten Heins shows that BlackBerry’s game plan hasn’t changed

Chris Umiastowski 78

  Our friend Hugo Miller from Bloomberg had an interview with Thorsten Heins today. The headline of the story was, "RIM Says BlackBerry 10 Will Soon Be Ready for Licensing". The article itself is quite clear. But if you don't bother to actually read it, you might jump to the (wrong) conclusion that RIM intends to get other smartphone makers to build BB10 smartphones. That's not...

Research In Motion does a superb job of communications with latest Q&A post with The Globe and Mail

Research In Motion does a superb job of communications with latest Q&A post with The Globe and Mail

Chris Umiastowski 133

Earlier this week I expressed some frustrations with how RIM's executive team was communicating during its media blitz and offered some constructive criticism. The gist of my post was that RIM's executives need to have well-rehearsed, consistent and powerful messages to communicate when doing media interviews. They should be prepped to know what is most likely to be asked, and be...

After tonight’s Q1 conference call, just how bad are things for RIM?

After tonight’s Q1 conference call, just how bad are things for RIM?

Chris Umiastowski 206

Depressing.  That’s the only word that comes to mind after reading the RIM Q1 financial results press release and listening to the conference call.   As crappy as the results were, I’m not going to write up a death certificate for RIM here.  Yes, they are in real serious trouble.  No, it won’t be easy to climb back from the position they’re in.  No, they did not inspire any confidence...

RIM’s Dev Alpha hardware seeding strategy for BlackBerry 10 is working

RIM’s Dev Alpha hardware seeding strategy for BlackBerry 10 is working

Chris Umiastowski 43

Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending the Toronto edition of the BlackBerry 10 Jam World Tour.  It was a packed house at the Westin Harbor Castle in downtown Toronto.  Normally I'd bike downtown since it's only a 25 minute ride from my house.  But it was 35 frikkin' degrees Celcius outside.  That's 95 F for the rest of you.  Crazy hot.  So I took the subway which I don't do much...

Research In Motion consolidating manufacturing in the shift towards BlackBerry 10

Research In Motion consolidating manufacturing in the shift towards BlackBerry 10

Chris Umiastowski 51

For many years now, Celestica, the Canadian contract manufacturer (CM) with operations all over the world, has been a manufacturing partner with Research In Motion.  For a few years Celestica wouldn't actually make hardware for RIM, but they'd act as a fulfillment center by loading in the carrier-specific OS, packaging up everything into the right box and shipping it off to retail...

What Verizon’s new Share Everything plans mean to the wireless industry

What Verizon’s new Share Everything plans mean to the wireless industry

Chris Umiastowski 37

Earlier this week Verizon announced its new Share Everything plan, which Adam wrote about here.  The short version?  Verizon customers will soon be paying an access fee per device, and they'll buy a data plan to share among all devices.   There are two important industry trends that Verizon's pricing change have cemented.  First, this marks the end of unlimited data plans.  Second, it...