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RIM Responds To Apple’s Antenna Claim – “Don’t Draw Us Into Your Issue”

Boxing ExecutivesWe told you on Friday about Apple’s attempt to say that all phones suffer from the “Antennagate” issue just like the iPhone 4. All of the companies that Steve Jobs mentioned suffer from the issue have fired back saying more or less “don’t project your problem on us.” Nokia shot back saying they put a priority on reception over design and HTC even goes on video to prove Steve wrong.

It turns out that even RIM, a company that always refuses to comment on anything, has put out an official statement from their Co-CEO’s courtesy of CrackBerry & BGR:

"Apple’s attempt to draw RIM into Apple’s self-made debacle is unacceptable. Apple’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. RIM is a global leader in antenna design and has been successfully designing industry-leading wireless data products with efficient and effective radio performance for over 20 years. During that time, 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. One thing is for certain, RIM’s customers don’t need to use a case for their BlackBerry smartphone to maintain proper connectivity. Apple clearly made certain design decisions and it should take responsibility for these decisions rather than trying to draw RIM and others into a situation that relates specifically to Apple." – Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie

Maybe its just us and we should give Steve Jobs the benefit of the doubt… :)

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  1. Its sad really. Anyone that’s ever held a portable radio and touched the external metal antenna KNOWS the signal will attenuate. Sometimes for the good, but mostly for the bad. Its truly too bad Apple just can’t admit they made a mistake. Coat the trim band Apple on future build runs, and give anyone who asks under the 1 year warranty a repaired (coated) phone.

  2. Just glad that Mike & Jim kept it to the facts – don’t get drawn into the crap that Steve is trying to drag you through. Stick to the facts!

    BRAVO!

  3. Shame on you Apple, don’t blame RIM for your design flaw.

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