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RIM At Odds With Apple Over BlackBerry Claims

July 19, 2010

Research in Motion (RIM) says that Apple Inc is deliberately distorting the issues pertaining to the iPhone 4′s antenna design by alleging that the BlackBerry has similar reception issues.

Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie, RIM co-chief executives, said in a statement Friday that “Apple’s attempt to draw RIM into Apple’s self-made debacle is unacceptable.”

They said the company’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.”

Since the launch of the iPhone 4 last month, some users have reported significant loss in signal strength when they held the phone in certain ways, leading to dropped calls.

In response to the complaints Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs said the entire smartphone industry shared such reception issues, specifically naming RIM, Samsung and HTC Corp.

During a 90-minute press conference, Jobs asserted there were no problems with the iPhone 4′s antenna design and accused the media of trying to “tear down” a company that had become so successful.

In response of Jobs’ comments, the RIM co-chief executives issued a statement defending the BlackBerry’s design and criticizing Apple’s approach to dealing with antenna issues of its iPhone 4.

“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,” they said.

“One thing is for certain, RIM’s customers don’t need to use a case for their BlackBerry smartphone to maintain proper connectivity,” the statement said, referring to Jobs”Ëœ offer to provide iPhone 4 users with a free phone case to address reception issues.

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