Research in Motion was once the company making smartphones. Business boys and girls carried BlackBerrys around as not just tools but status symbols as well. For all the device's personal appeal, RIM became successful by selling BlackBerrys and their support systems to corporations.
But the real smartphone revolution was driven by consumers. Though RIM did have some success selling smartphones to end users, consumers now buy iPhones and Android phones. Furthermore, RIM's grip on the enterprise has started to slip.
Meanwhile, its robust security architecture is actually landing it in trouble with many governments, who want backdoor access to the RIM infrastructure.
The company is trying new things. It's revising its aging BlackBerry operating system. It's releasing its own tablet, the PlayBook, with a new tablet OS. And its co-CEOs are trying, sometimes unsuccessfully, to convince the world that the RIM system is both supersecure and government-friendly.
So what does the future of RIM look like? We're discussing that today with three CNET experts on the topic: tablets reviewer Donald Bell, mobile-phone editor Nicole Lee, and telecommunications reporter Maggie Reardon.
Some of our discussion points… Read more