RIM, Danger and the Handheld Brambles
Can Danger's Hiptop take on RIM's BlackBerry in Europe? It's all about bandwidth, says Guy Kewney.Given a choice between Research In Motion Ltd.s BlackBerry and Danger Inc.s Hiptop, any sensible user would choose the latter. However, the trend shows that we arent going to be given the choice. Were just admiring the BlackBerry and watching Palm and others make deals with RIM to allow mail-push servers reach devices that arent BlackBerry handhelds. Were also seeing people in Europe, finally, start to accept the BlackBerry as a way of getting mobile e-mail. Butand this is a big butRIM is a corporate channel, and the BlackBerry is becoming almost a symbol of corporate serfdom.
The trouble is, there are someno, a lotof sad individuals who glory in their serfdom. Ask them who they are, and they wont say "Im Jennys Dad" or "Im a keen skier" or "We explore forests." Instead, they claim to be "Biggus Diccus Inc. Product Management Chief Assistant to the Assistant Chief" as if this were a personality trait. And pulling out the Biggus Diccus BlackBerry in the middle of a Sunday barbecue to deal with an "urgent e-mail" from the Assistant Chief Himself is a badge of honor, a token of status. It says, "You losers arent important when youre away from your desk, but my corporation needs me all the time."