Former RIM CEO wanted to move away from BlackBerry device reliance

Former RIM CEO wanted to move away from BlackBerry device reliance

The former Research In Motion (RIM) co-chief executive Jim Basillie was looking to make a radical shift away from smartphones, towards data management, according to Reuters.

He hoped that wireless firms in North America and Europe would provide services for non-BlackBerry devices routed through RIM's proprietary network.

Mr Basillie's plan would have allowed carriers to use the RIM network to offer cheap data plans.

The failure of the plan leaves RIM's focus squarely on creating a new generation of BlackBerry smartphones, which it promises will wow users, particularly those in the business sector.

RIM recently announced it is planning to go back to its traditional customers, creating safe and secure devices that provided peace of mind for corporate users.

The Canadian firm took a major step towards establishing a secure network last year with the introduction of its Mobile Fusion software.

It gives corporate and government customers the option of linking iPhones and Android devices to their existing BlackBerry management systems.