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Blackberry. Who is getting ripped off?

by Kiddpeat / January 25, 2006 9:59 AM PST

I don't have an oar in the water on this one. However, I'm curious about who is getting ripped off.

The prospect of a wide-scale shutdown of the BlackBerry mobile e-mail service is closer to becoming reality, as the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned down a request to review a major patent infringement ruling against BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion.

The court rejected a petition by Research In Motion to review a federal appeals court ruling that could lead to a shutdown of most U.S. BlackBerry sales and service.


Is it another successful company being ripped off by thieves hiding in the weeds, or is it a big company ripping off the small fry? I suspect it's the former, and I kind of wish they'ld just shut down. That would convert the greed to despair.

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If I was a blackberry owner
by grimgraphix / January 25, 2006 12:16 PM PST

which I am not, BUT if I was, and the service was shut off because of the dispute between the 2 companies... Could I sue both companies for interruption of service?

From my understanding the plaintiff (NTP) has a legal right to compensation for the use of technology they supposedly, partially, developed. The stumbling block is they refused the settlement Blackberry offered. If NTP forces a shutdown can NTP be sued for the cost of equipment purchased from Blackberry (RIM) and compensation for loss of any contractual services remaining? Or will everyone owning a Blackberry be SOL?

I know it's a stretch but Reagan fired the flight controllers and Bloomburg was getting a million a day from the transit workers in NYC. Could Blackberry be considered a public utility like water or phone?

grim

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I heard about a guy who opened up
by drpruner / January 26, 2006 12:01 AM PST

the box for his new Blackberry and found a can of worms instead. Happy

My former company had the full service package from Blackberry, and I loved it. Hope it works out for the users.

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Who's not getting shut down (if this happens)
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 25, 2006 12:19 PM PST

Washington D.C. (US GOV) is unlikely to lose service. As well as emergency workers.

Bob

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Hmmmmm. Maybe NTP is figuring the government will pay
by Kiddpeat / January 25, 2006 12:32 PM PST

through the nose no matter what happens.

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