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Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Gartner: Stop mission-critical BlackBerry use

Wait until the RIM/NTP dust settles…

Analyst firm Gartner has advised its clients to halt all mission critical deployments of RIM’s BlackBerry email devices because of a legal battle that could see a judge effectively shut down the company’s US operations.

Patent-holding firm NTP contends that it owns the patents for the technology that powers the BlackBerry.

The research note advises enterprises to “stop or delay all mission-critical BlackBerry deployments and investments in the platform until RIM’s legal position is clarified” because “US BlackBerry users would lose messaging services…and international users would lose message service while travelling in the US”.

However, Gartner expects the two companies to reach a settlement within three weeks, because an agreement would be “in both companies’ interests”.

There is a possibility RIM could bypass the patent dispute by deploying a workaround but Gartner said this path could be “highly problematic”.

According to Gartner, enterprises should “not sign any agreements that could involve them in the RIM/NTP dispute” and “demand that RIM discloses its workaround plans”.,39024643,39154879,00.htm

Posted on 12/07