Research in Motion's (RIM) future is far from secure as the firm continues to face challenges left, right and centre. Its next company-saving platform is being delayed, consumers are unmoved by the firm's devices and rampant competition is eating its previously strong market share.
It seems inconceivable that a firm that once dominated the smartphone market has reached this perilous position - alongside Nokia - but this is the state of the mobile word at present: a sink or swim environment that waits for no-one.
In the V3 office this week, on the back of chief executive Thorsten Heins claiming the firm will become a "lean, mean hunting machine," and the revelation its having to sell one of its corporate jets (the sign of any falling giant), we debated whether RIM can do anything to stop its slide, with our arguments for and against hotly contested.
So we've outlined in more detail five of the main for-and-against arguments that raised their head to see if they strike a chord to see if you agree: let us know in the comments section below.
The case for: Why RIM could survive
5. A strong corporate user base
Whatever else is wrong for BlackBerry, its corporate user base remains loyal, it appears.
While there are the occasional stories about an odd firm here or there moving to iPhone, for the most part there's plenty of suited-chaps bashing away on their Curves and Bolds on the trains in the morning.
Undoubtedly IT managers remain loyal to RIM due to the corporate security and management tools the platform provides (more on that later) and given the size of some of these accounts there's clearly the potential for RIM to eke out more cash from these accounts.
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