BlackBerry CEO Says U.S. Government Should Force Apple to Expand iMessage to Other Platforms

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    BlackBerry CEO John Chen yesterday published a blog post adaptation of a letter in which he presses U.S. government officials to support not only net neutrality but also "application/content neutrality". In Chen's view, all apps and content should be available on all platforms, and he points specifically to Apple's iMessage and Netflix's streaming services as examples of discrimination against BlackBerry.

    Chen believes BlackBerry is a leader for content and application neutrality and pushes U.S. government officials to require these same neutral practices from the Canadian company's competitors. "Neutrality must be mandated at the application and content layer if we truly want a free, open and non-discriminatory internet," writes Chen.

    Chen's comments have unsurprisingly been met with ridicule by developers who don't wish to be forced to create apps for platforms where they do not expect worthwhile returns, and many observers have suggested BlackBerry should focus its efforts on creating a compelling ecosystem that would attract users and apps organically.

    Apple has historically been quiet on broader issues of net neutrality. The Cupertino company was noticeably absent from a list of more than 100 technology companies which signed a letter protesting a proposed change in FCC rules that would allow for Internet fast lanes for certain types of content. Speculation has suggested Apple's absence may be related to its interest in securing priority access with Internet providers for media content delivered by the company.

    Article Link: BlackBerry CEO Says U.S. Government Should Force Apple to Expand iMessage to Other Platforms
  2. flash84x macrumors regular

    Aug 5, 2011
    Because that's what they did with BBM during their haydays....
  3. mrtune macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2007
    When blackberry was king of the hill back in the day. BBM was nowhere to be found on other platforms. They only changed there minds when they were at the bottom of the totem pole.
  4. taptic macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2012
    Because the government forcing things makes everyone happy!
  5. Essex711 macrumors member


    Sep 20, 2012
    I believe that it is what is called competition :eek:
  6. Zxxv macrumors 68040

    Nov 13, 2011
    Obviously never heard of the business term USP...

    Unique Selling Point
  7. FonzMX macrumors newbie

    Feb 14, 2014
    The article was amusing.

    It is amazing how things look different from top and then from bottom.
  8. GalileoSeven macrumors regular

    Jan 3, 2015
    Typical from a bottom of the barrel company trying to stay relevant........
  9. mdelvecchio macrumors 68040


    Sep 3, 2010
    if gov't were to mandate apps across all platforms then devs would have to build apps for every new gadget platform that comes along, regardless if that added value to to the company and its customers.

    how absurd. you cant force value proposition.
  10. joshuaclinton macrumors member

    Mar 28, 2014
    Hey Chen, why don't you follow Elon Musk and release all of your patents in the sake of net neutrality... hello..?
  11. AcesHigh87 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 11, 2009
    New Brunswick, Canada
    BBM did not exist on other platforms when people actually used it, why should apple have to conform their system just because BB has gone downhill and wants to get some kind of edge?

    As for other content, such as Netflix, I don't see why developers and companies should be forced into changing. They obviously want more customers so there must be a specific reasons for not having the app. They shouldn't have to ignore this reason because Blackberry is whining.

    All this sounds like to me is BB trying to use legislation in order to get what it wants since, as a company, it's drowning and can't save itself.
  12. Grimace macrumors 68040


    Feb 17, 2003
    with Hamburglar.
  13. thekeyring macrumors 68040

    Jan 5, 2012
    I once bought a BlackBerry because of BBM. Had this rule been in force then, there's a good chance I would have bought something else.

    Why don't people like competition. What's next? All software must be open source? So the innovator's code can be copied line for line and they go out of business?

    Maybe people would develop for BlackBerry (and Windows Phone) if they actually sold decent phones. Or a lot of phones. Or phones to customers who were willing to spend money on apps.

    Edit: I cannot believe how ridiculous this idea is. If I build an OS from the ground up to see if I could, with a total of 3 users, would Microsoft, Apple, Google, Netflix, etc HAVE to develop ALL their apps for it?
  14. Paddle1 macrumors 68040

    May 1, 2013
    What is so special about iMessage that you want it that much Blackberry, wouldn't you want users to use BBM?
  15. 2457282 Suspended

    Dec 6, 2012
    Is it April already? Is this an April Fools Joke?

    Ford should make parts that work with GM cars. Toyota should make parts for BMW. Let's make cars neutral too.

    LOL. Nice way to start the day -- with a good laugh
  16. MrXiro macrumors 68040


    Nov 2, 2007
    Los Angeles
    While I don't agree that iMessage should be available to "EVERYONE" I would like if I could access it on my stupid work Windows PC much like Google Hangouts lets me text and message people. Would certainly make life easier when the wife is texting me since I somehow always manage to miss the texts on my phone.
  17. OldSchoolMacGuy Suspended


    Jul 10, 2008
    Says the company that refused to do the same until they lost the majority of their business and did so only with the small hope it would make people on their current platform stick around because they could now talk with friends. :rolleyes:
  18. businezguy macrumors 6502

    Jun 23, 2003
    The CEO is simply pandering to shareholders and the board of directors. He doesn't have any other viable moves, so he's just appearing to provide a viable argument in favor of his company that would, in theory, allow his company to see more smart phones.

    Obviously, the argument is not valid, and I doubt it will get taken seriously by anybody powerful in Washington. Fact is, this would force companies to develop software for platforms that aren't viable which would be a waste of resources.
  19. ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
    Why is a Canadian company lobbying the US Government?

    Shouldn't they lobby their own government first, it's not like the US Government is unique in not forcing this.
  20. OldSchoolMacGuy Suspended


    Jul 10, 2008
    People are leaving Blackberry and getting iPhones because it means they can use iMessage with all of their friends. Blackberry made BBM for iOS and Android with the hopes that if they made it so their current customers friends could use BBM, their current customers wouldn't leave for Android or iOS. It didn't work and people still left because it's not 2004 anymore.
  21. DanGoh macrumors 6502


    Apr 6, 2014
    Well that's one of dumbest things I've ever heard. Looks like he's getting desperate.
  22. ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
    With this logic, all applications should be forced to be ported over to TempleOS, which I'm pretty sure only has a single user (the guy who made it).

    I can't wait until fart apps rain down on the BlackBerry app store because they're all forced over from the iOS app store.
  23. CBJammin103 macrumors regular


    Jun 6, 2007
    Louisiana, United States
    I've never understood this sort of argument... the cost of expanding iMessage to multiple platforms would be in the millions. It's not like Apple would simply flip a switch somewhere. How could the government possibly compel a company to create a new service or product out of thin air?

    If I opened a donut shop, can the government require that I also sell hot dogs? John Chen's argument is preposterous from the get-go and he knows it. I'm not sure what he's getting at here.
  24. bawbac macrumors 65816


    Mar 2, 2012
    Seattle, WA
    -Apple in the 90's
  25. milo macrumors 604

    Sep 23, 2003
    For simple things like messaging protocols, I can at least see the argument for that. Personally I don't use iMessage since it isn't universally available.

    But apps? They want laws mandating support on every device regardless of market share? Where would you draw the line with that, would people insist that all apps be available on pc, mac, and linux?

    It costs Netflix money to support each new platform. I'm sure they would be happy to create a Blackberry version if they sent Netflix a big, fat check.

    Or they could, you know, just somehow get Blackberry more popular again.

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