Feeds

BlackBerry 10: Dozens of networks probe the final RIM shot

Phone maker VERY EXCITED about mega mobe probe

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

RIM reckons more than 50 network operators are testing its BlackBerry 10 handsets, which sounds impressive until one remembers that testing is just a first step on the long journey to market.

Nonetheless, the trouble mobe maker is keen to prove its radio electronics and phone performance are up to scratch.

"We have passed a critical milestone in the development of our brand new mobile computing platform," RIM CEO Thorsten Heins gushed, adding that the handsets have achieved "lab entry".

Lab testing is a requirement for most mobile network operators, though few bother running handsets through the full gamut of testing if their competitors have already done so; engineers don't like repeating work any more than anyone else. Operators frequently receive requests from manufacturers, particularly lesser-known brands, to approve handsets, and most networks will run tech gear though trials in exchange for some cash.

Despite its wobbling finances, RIM is still a big enough player to get its handsets tested for free. And even if the BlackBerry 10 fails to be a commercial success, networks will still flog them albeit in small numbers, so RIM's engineers want to iron out any technical glitches at launch. Operators not selling the BlackBerrys will want to be sure that RIM customers can switch to their networks without any problems.

The only limit on lab testing for operators is actually getting hold of the devices, which are always in short supply as marketing, development and senior management all want to get their hands on the latest bling. RIM, no doubt aware of this, is showing off devices to all and sundry, and clearly has enough prototypes to go around so it's no surprise that testing is so widespread.

Only the most fundamental of lab failures would delay next year's launch of BlackBerry 10, so RIM's challenge is to ensure the company isn't forgotten before then, which is why it's harping on about what most would consider routine testing. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
YOU are the threat: True confessions of real-life sysadmins
Who will save the systems from the men and women who save the systems from you?
Broadband sellers in the UK are UP TO no good, says Which?
Speedy network claims only apply to 10% of customers
Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE packet loss balls-up
Turning it off and on again fixes glitch 12 HOURS LATER
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
Ofcom snatches 700MHz off digital telly, hands it to mobile data providers
Hungry mobe'n'slab-waving Blighty swallows spectrum
Facebook, working on Facebook at Work, works on Facebook. At Work
You don't want your cat or drunk pics at the office
Soz, web devs: Google snatches its Wallet off the table
Killing off web service in 3 months... but app-happy bonkers are fine
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.