Finally, Some Well-Deserved Praise for Research In Motion

Fool contributor Tim Beyers has been tough on Research In Motion (NASDAQ: BBRY  ) , and justifiably so. Management gaffes and product miscues have conspired to torpedo this business and its loyal investors over the past year.

But now there are signs of returning innovation. The new BlackBerry Messenger with BBM VoIce allows for free voice calling between two BlackBerry users over a Wi-Fi network.

As you might imagine, this feature is helpful for those who might be calling from or to emerging markets where cellular minutes are expensive. A wonderful add-on -- and potential differentiator --  when you consider that RIM's data network is global.

To be fair, both Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) , with FaceTime, and Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT  ) , with Skype, offer their mobile users similar functionality. The difference is that RIM is concentrating on voice, which isn't as data-intensive. Lower-grade Wi-Fi networks that would have a difficult time handling a video call made across continents might have no trouble handling voice.

In all, Tim sees this as a rare win for Research In Motion. Do you agree? Watch the following video to hear the whole story and then leave a comment in the box below.

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  • Report this Comment On December 18, 2012, at 9:10 PM, ronbeasley wrote:

    Fantastic new o/s with a lot of impressive capabilities, and all this guy gets out of it is free WiFi calling? he may not think its worth buying, but Pem Watsa, one of the best investors of our generation, has accumulated 9.9% of the company and is on its board. I suggest paying attention to him over a Fool blogger. In all fairness, Beyers usually takes a better look at things, this review is very superficial. RIMM is, in my opinion, a great value here.

  • Report this Comment On December 18, 2012, at 9:27 PM, H3D wrote:

    RIP

  • Report this Comment On December 18, 2012, at 9:37 PM, verces wrote:

    As i have mentioned before , RIMM is only one innovation away from reclaiming their past glory and it will happen soon. Lesson learned, APPL & GOOGLE would be just the same if it happens.

  • Report this Comment On December 18, 2012, at 10:30 PM, cholee65 wrote:

    Nice video by a former RIMM bear.You actually talke about assets in the company and I wish you would have noted tangible book value is $18 per share. Overall, your analysis seemed pretty balanced as opposed to some of the other articles written daily to support shorts. Here's a great video of the actual Blackberry 10 someone in Vietnam has gotten their hands on. The phone looks absolutely beautiful.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EDOzj2AyoM

  • Report this Comment On December 19, 2012, at 12:22 AM, FreeRange1 wrote:

    Wow - the paid shills are out in force!

  • Report this Comment On December 19, 2012, at 3:36 AM, vjay1225 wrote:

    Well.. You can do Skype and do voice only, so don't see what the big deal is..

  • Report this Comment On December 19, 2012, at 10:38 AM, TimmyBee123 wrote:

    First of all, the mistakes were all made well before this year. The only thing the current CEO did was realize that it would take a little longer to get the new ecosystem up with sufficient app support to be appealing (after the kicking RIM took with the PlayBook), which is still remarkably fast when you consider how long it took everyone else.

    Secondly, the BB 7 OS is offering this BBM VOIP stuff. The New BB10 will offer text, voice and video conferencing over BBM.

  • Report this Comment On December 19, 2012, at 10:54 AM, gorang wrote:

    So if I understand this right you are so impressed with BBM Voice that u had to make a video to say how impressed you are.

    I guess it is truth how its said that simple minds are amused with simple things.

    What I find amazing is that RIM managed to purchase 10-15 companies and then gets them all on the same page in order to reinvent itself and try to revolutionise the game while at the same time it replaces CEOs and changes half a management team, reduces headcount, increases number of developers by 100s of percent, gives them some of the best development tools and plans to launch new product with the highest number of apps of any new OS, makes best virtual keyboard, fastest and most HTML5 compliant browser in the world and takes communication levels above everything else available. But I guess that's no big deal, right?

  • Report this Comment On December 19, 2012, at 12:29 PM, dexter1225 wrote:

    InfoThatHelp - "Rim market share should drop below zero to around 0.01%."

    .01% is still above zero :P

  • Report this Comment On December 19, 2012, at 2:12 PM, gorang wrote:

    'Rim market share should drop below zero to around 0.01%.'

    Hahhahaha at this point I knew not to bother replying anything smart.

  • Report this Comment On December 19, 2012, at 2:36 PM, PaulDEJ wrote:

    InfoThatSucks - I reserved you a BB10 handset at Verizon because I know you will never admit it here, but actually you are dying to have one. I know you admire RIM for the fact that they are able to bring out a brand spanking new, iOS butt kicking OS with BB10. I know you admire how the company will be turned around and how the stock price has doubled recently. You admire how BB10 will be big in 2013 and the future, while apple's boring stale iphone and 7 year old ios will start to crumble and will be surpassed by BB10, Android, and Windows Phone and the leaderless apple will only be able to respond with the iphone 5s, which has a bigger screen to fit more icons and a bigger home button, because home buttons is still 'the thing'. Enjoy BB10 and drop me a BBM to thank me!

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