RIM becomes BlackBerry, drops RIM brand altogether
0. phoneArena 30 Jan 2013, 09:38 posted on
Research In Motion, or RIM, has long been associated with BlackBerry, but now the company has finally taken the plunge and dropped the RIM name altogether…
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1. Mxyzptlk (limited) (Posts: 3510; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
I think this is a pretty risky move.
2. wendygarett (unregistered)
I don't think berry fans care tho
3. MikeG77 (Posts: 370; Member since: 24 Nov 2008)
I can see why you think that its a risky move but it all about brand recognition. Believe it or not some people didn't know that RIM was the creator of Blackberry so now i guess it will be easier to identify.
12. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1067; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)
This isnt a good move...Research In Motion sounds like a name fit for enterprises....BlackBerry just sounds like a fruit!
Apple became successful not because its name was Apple...its because they were into the computer industry since the start and their phones weren't initially marketed as enterprise phones they were for consumers but they were good enough to be adopted by enterprises as well...Apple built its brand from the ground up...didnt matter if they were called Apple or Mango for that matter!
All in all a bad move by RIM or Blackberry!
14. hepresearch (unregistered)
Talk to a die-hard fan, and they don't call their phone a "RIM BlackBerry"... no, they just proudly call it a "BlackBerry", and they don't seem to care that it is also the name of a species of fruit. Just sayin'...
7. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)
Not risky at all. Colloquially, everyone knew them as BlackBerry and were puzzled at who Research In Motion was. It didn't help that they ONLY made Blackberries. I think it's a smart choice although I'm not sure if it will change anything.
18. Mxyzptlk (limited) (Posts: 3510; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
If you had a Blackberry then you knew who RIM was.
19. jiezel91 (Posts: 58; Member since: 28 Jul 2011)
On the other hand, people who are still thinking of buying a Blackberry don't even know that RIM is the maker of Blackberry. Because you'll never hear people saying, "Hey, I've got a RIM phone".
It's all about brand recognition for ordinary customers and I guess it's just smart to rename their company to Blackberry.
8. Aeires (unregistered)
Is it even humanly possible for you to post without being a troll?
9. Commentator (Posts: 2391; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
Yeah, at least now it's harder to come up with death-puns for the company, although the color black usually does connote death...
5. alterecho (Posts: 1080; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)
In my views, its like renaming Apple to iPhone.
6. DonkeySauce (Posts: 158; Member since: 03 Dec 2011)
I always wanted to work for them, but I guess now my dreams of getting a RIM Job are crushed.
10. Jyakotu (Posts: 819; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)
This definitely could help them, since casual consumers never knew who RIM was and only associated the company with Blackberry devices.
11. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1276; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
RIM sounds better than Blackberry. Should have kept the name.
13. hepresearch (unregistered)
If anything, at least they chose to make things more simple. If it works out, then great... if not, then I wouldn't be surprised if it just wasn't gonna work either way. To err on the side of simplicity is rarely worse than erring on the side of added complexity. They could have done a LOT worse...
16. downphoenix (Posts: 2302; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
Its a good move. It will certainly help to clear any confusion about them.