RIM has reportedly delayed the launch of the new 8900 3G handset, code-named Meteor, because of the ongoing rumours of the imminent launch of the iPhone 3G. RIM, apparently, doesn't want its thunder stolen by the new Apple handset.
According to the Fortune website, RIM blame a technical glitch for the delay but observers think otherwise. Analysts believe, however, that the delay will harm future 8900 sales.
On a related note, the lack of an iPhone-like touchscreen has disappointed many Blackberry fans but its exclusion has been rigorously defended by RIM. Talking to the New York Times, Mike Lazaridis, RIM's co-chief executive, referring to the iPhone, declared that, "I couldn't type on it and I still can't type on it and a lot of my friends can't type on it. It's hard to type on a piece of glass."
An interesting comment, especially as the touch-screen configured Blackberry 9000 is rumoured to be due for release at the end of 2008.
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