One of the big time players in the smartphone world, RIM, has some doubts about how video will become the “killer app” that will catapult smartphones to the next level. They believe that it will choke the airwaves and that it will require additional development to efficiently deliver the service properly so that it doesn't strain the network providers. Not only does video calling look to be a contributing issue, but streaming high-definition videos to smartphones will also be a catalyst in triggering choppy service and dropped calls.
During a conference hosted by a unit of Toronto Dominion Bank, RIM's co-CEO Mike Lazaridis said, “I still don't know and I don't think anyone knows if video is a killer app for smartphones. I don't particularly think it is.” When talk came around to how video will affect network performance, Lazaridis said, “If you think that today's 3G as a browsing experience is a challenge to these data networks, imagine what a video streaming or download experience is going to be as these screens start to look like HD televisions in terms of resolutions.”