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RIM Rumored to Be Feeling Pressure from Carriers to Lower Service Fee

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RIM made it clear during their last earnings report that they are feeling “pressure to reduce RIM’s monthly infrastructure access fees.” Now the FinancialPost is reporting that “there’s definitely negotiations going on right now to reduce” according to one analyst which is sort of stating the obvious. These fees amount to about a third of RIM’s current revenue and that same insightful analyst estimates that the revenue from these service fees could drop 17% to $3.4 billion this year and another 18% to $2.8 billion next year.

Carriers and RIM declined to comment on the story which is another obvious move and RIM brilliantly responded that “RIM intends to continue generating a revenue stream from the services we offer.” You have to love obvious analyst news…

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  1. Most of the folks i know are leaving Blackberry for ActiveSync devices due to the BES Tax. Why pay an extra $15/mo on average for a Data Plan and get a device with 2008 specs..

    • I so love how folks can claim to understand technology yet make such ridiculous statements. Please tell me what specs in any of the BB7 Bold and Torch lines that were available in 2008 or 2009 or even 2010?

      The Bold 9900, released in 2011, has:

      1.2 GHz processor
      8 GB built-in flash, expandable to 32 GB
      768 MB RAM
      5MP camera
      720p video recording
      Mobile Hotspot
      Rock-solid security
      Industry leading push technology
      Best-in-class physical keyboard

      The PlayBook was the first tablet to feature a 1 GHz dual core CPU, 1 GB RAM, 1080p video recording & playback, dual front & back HD cameras, max of 64 GB storage, dual stereo speakers, and many more features including a freakin’ awesome QNX based OS to power it all!

      Stop plastering your car with Apple stickers and really see the world around you.

  2. Since the playbook has active sync I wonder if bb10 will as well?

  3. Ok what is active sync?

  4. Active Sync is Microsoft Way of synchronizing PIM data with MS outlook — emails, notes, contacts, calendar events, tasks.

  5. Rim feels the pressure to lower the access fees from carriers? Of course they do… Will the carriers lower the prices to the customers if they do it? Of course not!

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