New BlackBerries six months away: analyst

"We had hoped for a January launch but now see a March launch as more likely"

If you're waiting for RIM's new BlackBerry 10 smartphones, you're facing a long, cold winter: One stock analyst is saying they likely won't be available until March.

Officially that's no delay because RIM has been saying for some time that its next generation smartphones with the new operating system will be ready in the first calendar quarter of the new year. But many had been hoping for sooner rather than later.

BACKGROUND: RIM offers wider peek at new BlackBerry UI

One of them was Jefferies analyst Peter Misek, who in a recent research note (seen and reported by Forbes reporter Eric Savitz) says he thinks the March date is now "more likely" though he apparently didn't explain why.

"We had hoped for a January launch but now see a March launch as more likely," Misek writes.

Meanwhile, RIM's sales face a "tough November quarter, with replenishment rates decreasing as channel partners are cautious on holding RIM inventory. We think the business uncertainty means parties are unlikely to acquire or license from RIM until BB10 launches."

Misek also doesn't expect a white knight to arrive and buy RIM at least in the near term, nor does he think we'll see any moves to license BlackBerry 10 to other smartphone makers before it's launched.

Misek still thinks there's room for a third mobile "ecosystem" after iOS and Android. But for that to be based on BlackBerry 10, RIM would have to convince Samsung, Huawei and ZTE to license the OS.

Read more about anti-malware in Network World's Anti-malware section.

Join the newsletter!

Or
Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Network World staff

Network World
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?