Bad news, people. Fido and Rogers are not happy campers at the moment and have there are reports that they have decided to take it out on future product offerings. Lately both companies have been struggling with internal leaks and the higher-ups are understandably paranoid. On Friday, Fido posted a memo for all employees which repudiated what was said in BGR Land about Fido aiming to launch BlackBerry products and services this month:
An internet mobile magazine is speculating that Fido is about to launch RIM BlackBerry products. Please take note that the New Fido has a great phone line up, however BlackBerry is not part of the line up at this time. We do not speculate on future products or services.
The memo is pretty strange considering that the official policy of both Rogers and Fido is not to address rumors. Accordingly, you can imagine our surprise when reports started coming in that a day after the memo supporting initial release info was circulated, Fido was informed that its hopes of launching anything BlackBerry were dead in the water – maybe. The quote above is pretty open-ended, stating “BlackBerry is not part of the line up at this time,” as opposed to, “the speculation is false.” It’s a strange twist of events considering that this happened so close to the launch time frame, but then again Rogers does have a long history of doing some pretty sketchy things (remember the saga of the E71?).
While we’re on the subject of Rogers and BlackBerry, there is one good thing to report. The powers that be apparently also killed all plans for a pink BlackBerry Bold. Perhaps that means they read our comments section too…