Mark McQueen has a great article at Seeking Alpha about Jim Balsillieâ€™s latest comments at Scotia Capital Tech/Telecom Conference. I always knew the Jim liked to talk big but calling the new BlackBerry Unite Platform the Holy Grail might be a bit premature. I realize that it would be awesome to have all those features such as sharing photos, music, and calendars is pretty cool. On the other hand Unite was announced to be running on Spainâ€™s Telephonica months ago and it is still under development.
â€œThis is the Holy Grail to half the carriers out there, we just have to get it done.â€ He almost sounded a bit frustrated that it still was in beta mode, but if anyone knows RIMMâ€™s Co-CEO, he isnâ€™t someone who gets frustrated.
All I can say is that we share your sentiments Jim. We truly are frustrated that Unite is still in beta. Here is to hoping that RIM gets its act together and releases this soon in the US.
The other interesting part of Marks article is the fact that BES BlackBerrys will be able to use both Unite and BES at the same time. (I am not sure how many administrators would allow this)
Whether it be for SOHO or family use, Balsillie promises that consumers will be able to get many of the benefits of an office BES, without the large license fees. And the good news for people who already have a Blackberry hooked up to an Enterprise BES, is that the two will be able to interface with each other. Or perhaps, your RIMM will be able to talk to both servers.