RIM reportedly laying off more workers today

Research in Motion has been rumored in the past few weeks to be making some large layoffs soon and today, RIM has announced that those layoffs are indeed underway. AllThingsD.com reports that the Blackberry phone and OS maker is now telling a number of its workers in its operations, sales, and manufacturing divisions that they won't be working at the company anymore.

RIM sent out a statement confirming that the company "has reduced some positions" but would not give a specific head count. The statement added that RIM may continue to lay off team members "as the company methodically works through a review of the business."

In late May, rumors hit that RIM was preparing to announce that as many as 2,000 team members would be laid off. Prior to today, the Canadian-based company had about 16,500 employees worldwide.

RIM is still scheduled to launch the Blackberry 10, the next version of its smartphone operating system, along with the first Blackberry 10 based smartphones. sometime before the end of the year. The company revealed a prototype of the Blackberry 10 product in May that it gave out to software developers. However, the OS inside those phones was actually a version of the one that's being run on the Blackberry Playbook tablet and not Blackberry 10 itself.

Source: AllThingsD.com

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I manage the bes servers at my company, along with alot of other things and gees I'll be glad when they are shut off.

Pain in the butt to administer even with 3rd party tools doing monitoring, patches and rollups on them are horrible. I'll be so happy when those damn BEs server get shut down.

HoochieMamma said,
Good, die already.


Whats with the negative comments? Competition is always a good thing. Just cause a retard like yourself who sits at home and lives with his parents wants to play games all day doesn't mean a guy like me cant use something that's more business related and also have the option of playing games on a very secure platform? Time is money. Apple is for time wasters.

Frank2029 said,


Whats with the negative comments? Competition is always a good thing. Just cause a retard like yourself who sits at home and lives with his parents wants to play games all day doesn't mean a guy like me cant use something that's more business related and also have the option of playing games on a very secure platform? Time is money. Apple is for time wasters.

Business oriented? ROFL..... the blacberry keys are way to god damn tiny to do anything with even dial a phone number! (have had multiple curves) . The phone and tech are extremely outdated and overpriced (enterprise data plan and extra server required for exchange integration) Vs iOS, Android, or WP7 platforms. Get over yourself and your fruit, blackberry is dead.

Competition is GREAT when there is competition to be had, at this point in the game RIM is offering nothing but wasting natural resources on outdated tech.

zeroomegazx said,

Business oriented? ROFL..... the blacberry keys are way to god damn tiny to do anything with even dial a phone number! (have had multiple curves) . The phone and tech are extremely outdated and overpriced (enterprise data plan and extra server required for exchange integration) Vs iOS, Android, or WP7 platforms. Get over yourself and your fruit, blackberry is dead.

Competition is GREAT when there is competition to be had, at this point in the game RIM is offering nothing but wasting natural resources on outdated tech.

Yes, finally someone understands. In our company here at work Blackberry used to be king, everyone had them, now? There's about 10-15 people with one, everyone else on android and iphones (about a thousand people spread over Australia with a corporate phone). The whole 'extra blackberry enterprise server' thing too completely sucks as well, such a pain in the ass to deal with. People don't want outdated phones anymore!

Nice one Frank2029, way to assume! Your so awesome, why can't I be like you!??! In the real world where people like me work for companies who turn over billions of dollars the days of blackberry are long and gone, good riddance!!

HoochieMamma said,

Yes, finally someone understands. In our company here at work Blackberry used to be king, everyone had them, now? There's about 10-15 people with one, everyone else on android and iphones (about a thousand people spread over Australia with a corporate phone). The whole 'extra blackberry enterprise server' thing too completely sucks as well, such a pain in the ass to deal with. People don't want outdated phones anymore!

Nice one Frank2029, way to assume! Your so awesome, why can't I be like you!??! In the real world where people like me work for companies who turn over billions of dollars the days of blackberry are long and gone, good riddance!!

Exactly, where I work dealing with the BES server and making sure the very few people left with BBs have the right data plans etc is a HUGE mess. Its done and over with in 2 minutes with an iPhone or Android with no extras needed. BBs no longer offer any leg ups over the competition just outdated OS, Interface, and extremely small buttons compared to other devices keypads or touchscreens.

I hate to say it, but RIM is dead in the smartphone market. They have allowed themselves fall too far behind at this point; I know MS is coming from behind too, however, the difference here is that MS has more more that many countries combined.

I think they should start licensing their BBM tech to MS that already has a major presents in enterprise.

Or they could allow MS to buy them out.

gullygod said,
I hate to say it, but RIM is dead in the smartphone market. They have allowed themselves fall too far behind at this point; I know MS is coming from behind too, however, the difference here is that MS has more more that many countries combined.

I think they should start licensing their BBM tech to MS that already has a major presents in enterprise.

Or they could allow MS to buy them out.


More what?