Didn't RIM already say Blackberry 10 for phones would be coming late 2012?
"Though BlackBerry 7.1 certainly isn't BlackBerry 10, RIM's upcoming OS that's built on a new and completely different software foundation, it's definitely worth the update, and it ought to help tide over anxious CrackBerry users until BlackBerry 10 becomes available in late 2012 or early 2013."
Which to me means probably late Q1 2013. I recall last year many people were commenting how the new mobile OS would be out in Q1 2012.
Sad to see RIM crash and burn so much, their current decline combined with a disruptive upgrade I think will only cause further erosion in their market share in the next few years. Really doesn't seem that long ago that RIM's stock was a market darling reaching to new heights every few days/week.
"Halliburton Co. became the latest major enterprise customer to abandon RIM on Tuesday in favour of Apple’s iPhone, the Canadian company’s largest rival. The Houston, Texas-based firm — among the largest energy services providers in the world – plans to replace about 4,500 company-issued BlackBerrys with iPhones within two years."
not that I am a fan of apple, quite the opposite in fact. My smart phone platform of choice is WebOS so I know how RIM feels.