Did not want it to look better than the iPhone
DEEP THROATS within AT&T claim that the outfit has killed off the GPS functionality in its upcoming BlackBerry 8820 to prop up its Iphone sales.
According to Blackberry Cool, AT&T wants to make sure that the only functioning 3rd party software which can run on the hardware will be TeleNav.
An AT&T Deep Throat told Blackberry Cool, that the carrier didn’t want to launch a cheaper device that would be superior to the more expensive Iphone.
AT&T executives were a little nervous when they realised that they would be selling a cheaper GPS/Wi-Fi’d device with push email and no touch screen.
The new Blackberry was being targeted at the Corporate market, one that Apple would dearly love to enter, but says it has no plans to do so at the moment.
One would think that RIM would be suing someone into a coma for anti-trust activities.
According to Blackberry Cool, RIM is incandescent with rage over the move but AT&T told them that it would have to live with it or the telco will not buy any more Blackberries. Since AT&T is RIMS biggest customer the company backed down.