RIM ducks key analyst meeting -

Financial analysts were left scratching their noggins after the troubled mobile phone company RIM delayed a key meeting with them.

Research In Motion normally has an annual presentation to financial analysts, during the BlackBerry World conference in May when RIM managers wow them with glove puppets and powerpoint presentations.

However, the outfit has asked the analysts to postpone the meeting until it has something nice to tell them. We guess this will be a long time in the future.

RIM spokesperson Tenille Kennedy told Reuters that BlackBerry World should be more focused on customers, developers and partners. What they will be talking about at Blackberry World is anyone's guess as RIM does not have much to say to these guys either.

It will talk to those who provide RIM with much needed cash after the BlackBerry 10 is launched. But a date and location for the meeting have not yet been decided - but then, neither has a proper launch date for the Blackberry 10.

At the end of last year the company said it would delay the launch until late this year so it can make use of more powerful and energy-efficient chipsets expected to arrive in mid-2012. We reported how RIM is giving out "prototypes" of the Blackberry 10 to developers in the hope they might write a few applications for it. But they have made it clear that the prototypes are nothing like the real thing.