I still have a year to go on my current contract, so the delay doesn´t harm me personal, I do think it will harm RIM. Not because RIM is a company going down a rough road, but alot of people might be up for, let´s say, a renewal / upgrade. They can choose a year old 9900 or 9860 or a mid / low end Curve like 9320 / 60 / 80. Oh and a 9790.
To me, most are one and the same. Okay, full touch or qwerty in some cases, but RIM is not doing what others are doing. A constant flow of devices, low mid and high end.
RIM needs to give us something new ASAP, most (soon to be ex) users won't except delay after delay. Problem being, by the time BB10 hits, the risk of it being out dated is big with Apple and Droid cooking up new devices.
Im sticking with RIM till they go belly up (or get split up) but (dark thought) if it keeps going like this RIM won't make it till 2015 (at the best).
RIM, please prove me wrong! *hugs his Bold 9900 and Playbook*
My contact is up in 2013 so I am not hurt by this news. However moving to another carrier or phone model would cause me grief not to mention investment lost on apps and accessories......
What I would like to see from this news would be updates NOW to the PB that address all stated performance issues and app short comings. Show the customer base that they listen and can do it........ I don't need more games...... Sure would be nice to sync the PB to my phone contacts and Outlook without goggle.......
After a day to absorb the news of yesterday and "coming to my senses" so to speak I know that I won't be going anywhere else either. As Grim said earlier there are many security issues with droids and Apple, well, is Apple (thumbs down). I had hoped to hold out til BB10 dropped but today found myself researching my "temporary, hold me over" device. My 9700 is pretty beat up and yearning for retirement.
On the one hand the delays will do nothing but hurt the company as the average North American buyer won't have the patience to wait another 6 months. They'll move on to the latest and greatest "cool" new phone. That will make RIM's job that much harder when they do finally come out.
As for myself, being more of a technical person I like the delay IF it means they get it right the first time. I really hate companies rushing their product out the door to satisfy "the street" only to have to spend excessive amounts of time updating it to fix things that should have been taken care of before release. I don't like Beta testing what should be Gold code.:-)