Russian Government Considering Banning iPad, Adopting Playbook
Russian government considers banning iPad, adopting RIM, reports say | Trading Desk | Financial Post
Research In Motion Ltd. may have found a new ally in its quest to establish the BlackBerry PlayBook as the default tablet within the corridors of power around the world: the Russian government.
Reports from several Russian newspapers — including the daily business publication RBK Daily — indicate the Russian government is considering a ban on Apple Inc.’s iPad inside government agencies due to security concerns, instead opting for more “cryptographically secure tablet PCs.”
The reports suggest the government is still deciding whether it will use devices from RIM, tablets running Google Inc.’s Android software or a new device created by a Russian agency using “a variety of security systems.” The implementation of a more secure system will help “speed up workflow among agencies” according to the report.
If true, the backing of the Russian government could prove to be another victory for RIM as it seeks to use its reputation of prioritizing security technology to position the BlackBerry PlayBook as the tablet of choice for businesses and governments, the way it originally marketed its BlackBerry smartphones.
Indeed, it was RIM’s security technology which helped the company’s BlackBerry devices to become the gold standard of mobile devices for government agencies around the world, including the Canadian government and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Last week, RIM announced the United States government had granted the BlackBerry PlayBook “FIPS 140-2 certification,” making it the first tablet approved for use by employees of U.S. federal government agencies.
Since launching earlier this year, RIM’s first tablet has struggled in the consumer market to keep pace with Apple Inc.’s iPad, which currently commands 61.3% of the market, compared to about 3.3% for the PlayBook, according to data from market research firm Strategy Analytics.
RIM was criticized for its decision to not include a native email client on the BlackBerry PlayBook – users can access their email by wirelessly connecting their PlayBook to their BlackBerry smartphone — however RIM officials have maintained that by ensuring no email data is stored on the PlayBook itself, the device is more secure for government IT departments.
- 07-27-11, 03:41 PM #2
Regardless of what the market thinks, or some of the more pessimistic people on this board think, that certification will be money for RIM. RIM get off your a$$ and get the native PIM/e-mail out and you'll start selling them to the US government, and probably other governments, guaranteed.
- 07-27-11, 05:52 PM #4
Save them from what? they could continue on the path they have been on and remain profitable for a long time, they wouldn't be market leaders but they very much could remain a viable company ONLY selling to the corporate sector. their Revenue and profit are enviable by many who sell ONLY into the government
- 07-27-11, 05:58 PM #5
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- 07-27-11, 08:01 PM #10
No native email on pb means bridge is required. Thus people will buy bb handset.
So rim ends up selling 2 devices..as in bundled pb and bb we saw in oz and indonesia. Good business plan, cleaning bb bold 9780 stock in the warehouse, and selling out pb.
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Remember folks, the whole security approach is based on no private data is retained on the Playbook and everything is retained only on the handset.
Adding a native email, calendar and IM to the PB defeats the whole security purpose of the bridge software. Then there's the added complexity of synchronizing all the various pieces and the risk missing meetings or emails. The bridge software negates the need for any of this.
So, while many see this software as "missing", in fact, I would guess the security folks at RIM would disagree.
- 07-28-11, 07:22 AM #17
- 07-28-11, 07:40 AM #18
Man, the same 4 or 5 posters everytime. A government chooses a RIM product? Well clearly that's bad. Customers don't choose RIM products. Well clearly that's bad. These characters live on this forum to do nothing but spin everything as bad news for RIM and they defend it by saying they're losing market share. As if the loss of market share excuses that behavior. For the record referring to Russia as drunken or third world is offensive.
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- 07-28-11, 08:10 AM #20
Sheesh! Focus people, focus.
Russia is still a powerhouse, let's get that clear to start. Who knows, if things continue as they are, they may just pass us in the rating game a decade or two out.
Stock value at RIM? Really?!? Do we need a daily report of it? Yes, it's continuing to go down, and probably will for a while yet. It's as useless to watch as paint drying. Wait for the new toys to arrive, and then have a look 6 months from that point.
Anyone on BES is protected from losing personal information, and those on BIS smart enough to have BB Protect are too, so losing your phone only puts you at risk if you're foolish enough to not make full use of the security provided. I understand the point made about PB storage, but again, it's up to individual users to choose what they store on it, and what they bridge to their BlackBerry.
While there's a lot that's been wrong at RIM, there's plenty right too. Wipe the drool from your mouths, and open your eyes. The RIMpire is striking back.
- 07-28-11, 09:56 AM #21
I will admit that it was released way too soon, but it sure is a promising tablet, with a LOT of potential. Do you disagree with that?
- 07-28-11, 10:15 AM #23
Again why should I buy a PB?
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- 07-28-11, 10:25 AM #24
While it would seem foolish to some that RIM focuses on security, the fact is it's their bread and butter. When they lost focus, and tried to be equal parts consumer and business, that's when they started to slide downhill. I'm not suggesting they abandon the consumer market now, don't get me wrong. It's absolutely necessary for their success, but they must have security placed as job #1. It's that principle that helped bring me to BlackBerry as a non-business user, and part of what keeps me here.
To address the lack of an email app on the PB. I may be a little lost. I can see where the desire for an Outlook like app would have interest, but it does have a fine working browser, so accessing email on it isn't impossible. I never used pop3 on my PC anyway, so I wouldn't have cared in the least. You can pull your mail from the browser can't you?