RIM gets small chance of success

A prominent tech analyst is giving Research In Motion’s new operating system a small but improved chance of success in the competitive smartphone market when it launches in early 2013.

A prominent tech analyst is giving Research In Motion’s new operating system a small but improved chance of success in the competitive smartphone market when it launches in early 2013. Analyst Peter Misek of New York-based Jeffries & Company said Tuesday that he’s still giving the BlackBerry 10 operating system only a 20 per cent to 30 per cent probability of success. But that’s an improvement on his previous assessment of 10 per cent to 20 per cent chance of success — a change in opinion that he attributed to surprisingly strong support among some wireless carriers.

“Preliminary results from our quarterly handset survey indicate developed market carriers have a much more positive view of BB10 than we expected,” Misek said in a research note.

“With greater carrier shelf space and marketing support, we now believe BB10 has a 20 per cent to 30 per cent probability of success,” he said.