Sorry Apple... Nearly 1 of every 2 Smartphones Sold in America is a BlackBerry!

By Kevin Michaluk on 2 Jun 2008 09:51 am EDT
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Smartphone Awards!

The internet is buzzing this morning on word that America's Most Popular Smartphone IS NOT the iPhone. According to research firm IDC, the iPhone took 19.2% of the US market for smartphones in the first quarter of 2008, while good ole Research in Motion cleaned up with a whopping 44.5%!

A while back RIM's coCEO Mike Lazaridis made a comment that if anything the iPhone was going to help BlackBerry sales, since they are doing a good job of making smartphones more cool. It seems Mike is a smart guy, as RIM's share is up from 35.1% from the fourth quarter of last year. For more details, and to see the runners up, you can read the full article here.

It'll be interesting to see how the next 6 months go. Apple will be releasing the 3G iPhone which should boost their numbers, but RIM will also have the BlackBerry Bold hitting the market (and maybe a KickStart and Thunder to boot) and sells via more than one carrier. It'll be a good battle, but hopefully RIM will keep the top podium position for a longgg time to come.

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Sorry Apple... Nearly 1 of every 2 Smartphones Sold in America is a BlackBerry!

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I'm a huge BB fan -- best phone/device I've ever had. But I would hope BB would be beating Apple -- look how long RIM has been in the market. Apple is still very much a newcomer.

I cannot help but notice how the Blackbery Bold looks alot more like the Motorola "Q" rather than the iPhone.

The design on the front, the keypad layout, up to the location of the "send and end" buttons. (I would place a picture, but I don't have one.)

Maybe it is just me.

msblueline

I am a proud owner of a BB. I considered the iPhone but chose the 8100 because I liked the features it offers and I didn't want to switch to AT&T.

Despite being a BB fan, I think this comparison is unfair. Rim sells many models through multiple carriers. I wonder if the gap would be much smaller if comparing sales of the most popular BB only through AT&T. I wouldn't be suprised if the iPhone outsold RIM (or at least came close) with a more fair comparison.

nope - totally wrong. They took it from other and Tag Teamed with the Centro to steal from Apple http://arstechnica.com/journals/apple.ars/2008/06/02/us-smartphone-market-share-down-for-apple-in-2008

Well it was touched on for about 1/2 second...but I think what’s being missed here is the whole thing with Apple having the 5 yr contract with AT&T... AT&T sucks as a carrier so not everyone is going to hurry up and switch to them which means not a whole lot of people are going to buy the iPhone... yeah you can buy the phone and have it unlocked blah blah... but then it doesn’t work right and all that jazz...
So I predict that when this contract is up and apple makes a new version and all the mobile carriers get it, apple might give RIM a run for their money.
I’m not saying I am an apple fan at all bc I love my BB I just think that point got missed here and that is why RIM is so dominate over apple.

...but most of what I end up doing with my iPhone is plugging it back into its charger when the battery dies.

The iPhone is certainly "pretty" IMO, but put it and a BlackBerry side by side on your desk and wait. Within a few minutes the BlackBerry will buzz or ring with new email but the iPhone will just sit there, looking pretty all the while, but otherwise not so very useful.

The two (and the rest of the feature phone -> smart phone market) will keep converging on looks and functionality, but there will always be a place for both as long as they keep innovating.

One thing we've seen recently is that providing consumer choice is a good thing. LG and Samsung have benefited from this, while Motorola has gotten eviscerated by resting on its razr-thin laurels. It's reassuring to see RIM attacking the consumer market with clamshells and possibly touchscreens. It's finally a good time to be a mobile consumer.

To have a fair comparison, they should wait until both BB Bold and iPhone2 release later this year THEN compare the figure again. AFAIK, there are so many people are holding up for iPhone2 and Bold (especially iPhone2) before they make a decision. As someone has mentioned earlier, we should give credit to Apple's iPhone which currently has almost 20% of market share with only one handset compared to RIM which has 3 different lines and handful choice of handset.

Screw 3G! BB vs iPhone EDGE/WIFI goes to BB hands down! iPhone while a nice device is not a business phone and with the microSD media card and a converter, you have a music player in your BB!! Not to mention other features still noit available on an iPhone. I know your going to say youtube, but youtube on a cell phone is f***ing joke! Friend has iPhone and says playing videos from youtube kills battery so fast

How many years have Blackberries been in production compared to the iPhone? Also, the old version doesn't have very good support for enterprise email. 2.0 will change that with ActiveSync. I forsee a lot of users having more options now. The iPhone should shift to at least equivalent to the WinMo platform because of ActiveSync this year. 3G speeds will also improve things a little as well. Apple should really consider selling the iPhone unlocked and direct. Had they done that to begin with, they would have sold a lot more. Not a lot of people want to deal with AT&T just to get the phone. Apple was stupid to limit themselves in this. Sure, they are with the top GSM carrier in the US, but wouldn't it have been better to cover ALL GSM carriers IN THE WORLD? Stupid move Stevo... stupid.

it doesnt matter that AT&T is the only carrier woth the iphone, if the iphone was any good people would switch. i have had about 5 BB devices and wouldnt consider switching for anything!

This really isn't that fair of a comparison because of the reasons already mentioned. Blackberry smartphones - :) - are available in many different models and on many different carriers.

So for the iPhone to have almost half of RIM's total market share based on the consumer side of the market with (1) phone and on (1) carrier, that is pretty scary.

I've been to the Apple Store and played with the iPhone and it's OS is visually attractive with its screen rotating, moving icons, and bright colors; it makes you want it. So I tried a text message with the touch keyboard and played with the web browser and realized it is like the 8' above ground pool. You can have fun for about 30 seconds, but then you realize there isn't anything else it can really do well.

It just shows that most consumers want the "hot" item with its fancy colors and well designed commercials. They don't really compare the available phones and features or what each offers.

Unfortunately, I don't think the Bold has enough neon lights to attract the potential iPhone users.

P.S.-I forgot, what was so revolutionary about the iPhone when it came out other than the touch screen and combining a smart with an iPod?

Yeah but the iPhone is only offered to AT&T customers while RIM is available to most carriers (at least the major ones). It's no surprise RIM ownes most of the market.

Apple's fault for locking in to 1 carrier!! If they were smart they would give to all carriers but as usual, they have to be exclusive and get reality check later!!

Even if Rogers gave the iPhone for free on a contract deal, I still wouldn't want one. I love my mac stuff and love compatibility, but Missing Sync & my Curve is the best experience for me. I'm curious though when the new iphone arrives for the rest of the world if it will kick RIM out of number one spot in the US and everywhere else.

Even if Rogers gave the iPhone for free on a contract deal, I still wouldn't want one. I love my mac stuff and love compatibility, but Missing Sync & my Curve is the best experience for me. I'm curious though when the new iphone arrives for the rest of the world if it will kick RIM out of number one spot in the US and everywhere else.

Iphones like any of Apples products are just for students or people seeking vogue status. Anyone that has goals and objectives i.e. must produce something other than email, text messages or visit My Space needs to use real phones and real computers. I guess if Starbucks was my office Apple would be my choice....
The same comparison could be made about a IBM x300 Thinkpad and an Apple Airbook. I could pay more to get less.
Apple is Metro sexual.... wants to look good, but is empty and shallow.

I had both yet ended up putting my iPhone on the "Blackmarket" for sale. It seemed to me that every time I was stricked from doing somthing on my phone, I was using the iPhone... No MMS, what is that shit. Name one other PDA that was this complex, but no picture messaging. What moron came up with that. BB will always be #1!!!!!!

Like the article states, analysts predict that the the speculation of a new iPhone is to blame for Apple's drop of market share. That is/could be true but to say that the intrduction of the new iPhone will increase Apple's share in the smartphone sector by a significant amount I don't think will happen. The only reason why Apple was able to take the phone market by storm was due to their strong marketing and introducing something "new and revolutionary". With the new iPhone, it's not going to have the same effect. The new iPhone will be basically be the same as the original iPhone but with 3G and a few new features. That to me doesn't warrant a million+ users to go out and get the new iPhone. Also, the introduction of ActiveSync will help a bit but won't do much damage. I keep hearing IT personnel saying that their company will convert to the iPhone because the BlackBerry is difficult to use and lacks this and that. I can't say that some companies aren't going to switch, chances are some will, but that's because their company hasn't invested into RIM's infastructure so it will cost them nothing to change. Another thing I keep hearing is that they will switch because the iPhone will have 3G. That's great but I don't see how that greatly affects a user getting his or her e-mails and RIM already released a 3G BlackBerry so why is it so important now? I know many like the idea of HTML supported e-mail and it would be a nice addition, but I like how I get my e-mails now on my BlackBerry, just a plain template that displays what I need to know (in the message)

Simply put, I think many are mixing up consumer use with company usage. Unless you're company allows their BlackBerry users to use the net freely, I don't see how 3G would matter. All they look for is e-mail and how to connect/communicate with others, everything else doesn't matter as they will most likely be locked down to policies anyway.

So if you think about it, companies are going to switch for the iPhone for an e-mail device with a touchscreen/keyboard; guess the BlackBerry physical QWERTY keyboard just doesn't cut it now huh? Doesn't make sense to me. I don't hate the iPhone, but I think many are looking for the iPhone to dominate with possible addition of business users that I just don't see happening, there are too many things to overcome; the iPhone and iPhone 2.0 to me will be looked as a consumer phone and that's it.

The way that article is worded its like it is somehow amazing and some sort of accomplishment that Blackberry is leading the iPhone in market share. If anything I say the 19% that the iPhone has garnered is a HUGE accomplishment and RIM should be seriously looking over the shoulder at this point.

Apple has ONE device compared to RIM's full portfolio of devices, on ONE carrier compared to being available on nearly every carrier imaginable, RIM has Blackberry's available at nearly every price point as compared to Apple only having them available at a high premium, and RIM/WinMobile had a HUGE advantage considering their strong installed base with users (and IT depts) reluctant to jump ship to new devices.

For Apple to instantly become #2 in the market and garner that much of the pie with those circumstances going against them should have all competitors (and carriers not named ATT) seriously worried, as when Apple starts offering lower end devices to cover other markets and continues to expand the feature set they could easily become the dominant force in the market (if they aren't already.) Everyone else will just be playing catchup.

The way that article is worded its like it is somehow amazing and some sort of accomplishment that Blackberry is leading the iPhone in market share. If anything I say the 19% that the iPhone has garnered is a HUGE accomplishment and RIM should be seriously looking over the shoulder at this point.

Apple has ONE device compared to RIM's full portfolio of devices, on ONE carrier compared to being available on nearly every carrier imaginable, RIM has Blackberry's available at nearly every price point as compared to Apple only having them available at a high premium, and RIM/WinMobile had a HUGE advantage considering their strong installed base with users (and IT depts) reluctant to jump ship to new devices.

For Apple to instantly become #2 in the market and garner that much of the pie with those circumstances going against them should have all competitors (and carriers not named ATT) seriously worried, as when Apple starts offering lower end devices to cover other markets and continues to expand the feature set they could easily become the dominant force in the market (if they aren't already.) Everyone else will just be playing catchup.

The way that article is worded its like it is somehow amazing and some sort of accomplishment that Blackberry is leading the iPhone in market share. If anything I say the 19% that the iPhone has garnered is a HUGE accomplishment and RIM should be seriously looking over the shoulder at this point.

Apple has ONE device compared to RIM's full portfolio of devices, on ONE carrier compared to being available on nearly every carrier imaginable, RIM has Blackberry's available at nearly every price point as compared to Apple only having them available at a high premium, and RIM/WinMobile had a HUGE advantage considering their strong installed base with users (and IT depts) reluctant to jump ship to new devices.

For Apple to instantly become #2 in the market and garner that much of the pie with those circumstances going against them should have all competitors (and carriers not named ATT) seriously worried, as when Apple starts offering lower end devices to cover other markets and continues to expand the feature set they could easily become the dominant force in the market (if they aren't already.) Everyone else will just be playing catchup.