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    Quote Originally Posted by wbeckle View Post
    they should have banned their own facebook app on the same principles.
    How so? As far as I know, the app does not use your contact list to send out mass messages to other facebook users.



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    true but it sends your entire address book to an un-deletable and un-editable phonebook on facebook. the description of the contact list option doesn't suggest it would do that.

    interestingly it only sends their names and numbers, at least that's all i can see when i look at it. moreover it stores the history so every person and number u have ever had on ur phone goes into this repository on facebook.

    that causes me to view RIM in much the same way as Kik. Actually for me RIMs act is more potentially damaging than Kik's spam.

    Another way to look at it is to realize that a BB is primarily a business device, so to create an app that does that is kinda naughty.

    So basically my view is: to block an app like Kik although in line with their policy is hypocritical given their facebook app?

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    Bbm

    This just brings up a bigger issue. Why doesn't BBM allow me to talk with iphone's and Android devices. I think RIM needs to seriously consider opening up other devices to BBM. Maybe they charge for the app on other devices but apps like kik and others have made it so anyone can chat on any device (until this latest hold by RIM, although i'm still using it and loving it).

    Thoughts?



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    Isn't there a Windows Live client on every platform?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nosivad79 View Post
    This just brings up a bigger issue. Why doesn't BBM allow me to talk with iphone's and Android devices. I think RIM needs to seriously consider opening up other devices to BBM. Maybe they charge for the app on other devices but apps like kik and others have made it so anyone can chat on any device (until this latest hold by RIM, although i'm still using it and loving it).

    Thoughts?
    But why would RIM want to do that? They have a secure product that they are selling. Iphone and android do not have the push security that a blackberry has. It's this push security that makes the blackberry so attractive to business.

    When comparing to other smartphones, everyone forgets that the blackberry was designed specifically for the business market. Yes, they are now making models more appealing to everyone, and yes, they are adding more games and apps for people to enjoy, but at the end of the day, it is the business market that remains RIM's core.

    If RIM were to open the blackberry to the iphone or the android or any other model, RIM will eventually lose that edge. Other nations like India, UAE and et al, would no longer have to hold RIM hostage in order to sell and operate that device in those markets. If you held the market on a specific niche, would you so easily give it up?



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