Blackberry-600-275x171According to Reuters, former RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie wanted to allow wireless carriers in North America to use RIM’s proprietary network to provide data service to non-BlackBerry phones. The idea was for carriers to leverage the rel atively inexpensive BlackBerry data plans — which would only allow basic social networking and instant messaging — to entice users to upgrade from low-end “feature” phones to smartphones.