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The Blackberry Curve  (Source: Fay Observer)

The Apple iPhone  (Source: Apple)
Move over iPhone, there's a new leader in town

The iPhone is undeniably slick, with powerful hardware, good battery life, a capable music platform, and a thriving applications ecosystem.  But in terms of contract and cost of the phone, it remains pricey.  And its business applications and features still trail those of Research In Motion's Blackberry.

Those factors combined to sink the Apple iPhone to the second spot in smartphone sales after a strong 2008, which saw it take over the top spot.  The iPhone sold so well, that for part of last year, it was America's bestselling phone overall including traditional phones.

Moving into first place was the Blackberry Curve, which covers several Blackberry 83xx models according to Apple Inisider.  Coming in a close third was the Blackberry Storm, and the Blackberry Pearl took fourth (excluding the flip variety).  The fifth spot was occupied by T-Mobile's G1 phone, the first phone to feature Google's Android OS.

The trouncing that RIM laid on Apple and its other competitors grew the company's smart phone market share 15 percent to seize a commanding 50 percent of the market.  Palm, which is awaiting the release of the much-anticipated Pre, and Apple, meanwhile, saw their market shares sink 10 percent.

Market research firm NPD says that Blackberry pricing was made even sweeter by Verizon's aggressive "buy-one-get-one" promotion, which gave RIM the momentum it needed to dominate the sales charts.  Analyst Ross Rubin states, "The more familiar, and less expensive, Curve benefited from these giveaways and was able to leapfrog the iPhone, due to its broader availability on the four major U.S. national carriers."

Globally, smartphones now account for 23 percent of the cell phone market, rising 6 percent on a year to year basis.  Given the troubled financial state of many consumers, Mr. Rubin calls this a very good sign for smart phone makers and evidence that customers are continuing to "(migrate) toward Web-capable handsets and their supporting data plans to access more information and entertainment on the go."

RIM reported previously record sales of 7.8 million Blackberries in the year's first quarter, while Apple posted weaker sales of 3.79 million units. 

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RE: iPoor
By omnicronx on 5/4/2009 2:17:51 PM , Rating: 2
First of all, please know up-front that I am "pro" anti-Apple rhetoric. I hate that company because of their arrogance and their use of vertical monopolies as their preferred business model.
I don't like Apple either, never owned nor will I ever own an Apple product. That being said, I give respect where it is deserved.
That said, I think it's ridiculous to say that iPhone sales aren't down due to the recession. Sales of everything are down due to the recession, and certainly iPhone sales would be higher if we were not in a recession.
Two very different beasts, sure their growth rate is down, but their sales are not. Sales being down means one thing, they are selling less than they were previously, and that is not the case. Year over year is still up, and analysts have yet to predict a decline. Yes Apples sales could have been better had it not been a recession, but the OP makes it out as though the masses are passing on the iPhone and that is just not the case. Palm and Nokia sales are down, and that is where BB gained the bulk of their share, not from Apple, and the article clearly states this.
I also wonder if there is such thing as iPhone saturation. I mean, by know, hasn't everyone who wants one already purchased one? And how often do they need to be replaced?
I too have been wondering about this, and I agree with your statements that they must expand if they want to want to continue expanding their market.

RE: iPoor
By Pirks on 5/4/09, Rating: -1
RE: iPoor
By omnicronx on 5/4/2009 2:49:41 PM , Rating: 3
For what? The Apple Zealots to buy their 3rd phone in 3 years? ;)

RE: iPoor
By Pirks on 5/4/09, Rating: -1
RE: iPoor
By Runiteshark on 5/4/2009 4:38:23 PM , Rating: 3
Your double chin smileys disturb me.

Please exercise them so they can loose some weight, or send that signal to your hand a bit earlier so you can let off the key quicker. I know it'll be hard, but give it a try.

RE: iPoor
By Pirks on 5/4/09, Rating: -1
RE: iPoor
By Runiteshark on 5/5/2009 12:36:41 AM , Rating: 2
To bad my average post rating is double yours. I'd say you're the one doing the littering.

Posting stuff just to get a rise out of people is kinda old, don'tcha think?

RE: iPoor
By Pirks on 5/5/2009 4:52:27 PM , Rating: 3
Too bad your average post rating is determined by idiots like you.

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