BlackBerry Sales Rise Anybody who pays attention to the BlackBerry World would know that the BlackBerry brand is rocking right now and that sales are on fire... but for those of you who want more than fanboy rhetoric just take a look at the most recent findings by the NDP Group.

While US consumer mobile phone sales have declined by 22% in the first quarter of 2008, RIM's BlackBerry sales have maintained steady growth and have propelled RIM past Sanyo into the position of 5th largest handheld manufacturer, capturing 5% of consumer mobile sales. It seems that while overall mobile phone sales have declined in comparison to the same time last year, smartphone sales have actually increased by 10% up to 17% of total devices sold. The top 5 ring in with Motorola at 27%, Samsung at 18%, LG at 17%, Nokia at 8% and RIM in 5th at 5%. And with RIM really beginning to focus on the consumer market (think KickStart) I wouldn't be surprised if we soon see them make the leap up to to #4. For more details, click here.