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BlackBerry Curve is Best Selling Smartphone in Second Quarter? Not Exactly.

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Ok, if you haven’t seen this news story on the internet today then you must be in a coma and I’m sorry. So why waste my time repeating it (Parrot Alert!) because I personally have a different take on it and let’s be honest, you aren’t exactly reading my articles for their literary content or political correctness.

So here goes; Research and consulting firm IDC (www.idc.com) has published their preliminary sales figures for all smartphones for the second quarter of 2009 and the winner is, the BlackBerry Curve. Now before you pick up the phone and call Mom, the fact is that this report does not really reflect the way things are. Don’t get me wrong, I personally relish the idea of grinding some salt into iPhone users wounds, but in this case, it wouldn’t exactly be fair.

Let me explain; The end date of the data being collected was only two weeks after the new iPhone 3GS was released and the BlackBerry Curve has more versions than Bill Clinton has girlfriends.  Not to mention that Research in Motion (RIM) had the forethought to not limit their phones to just one carrier like Apple did with that miserable excuse for a carrier AT&T.

On that note, there is a rumor that Apple is going to release the iPhone on other carriers in the very near future.  Do I think this will greatly impact the sales of BlackBerry, maybe slightly, but in my opinion the iPhone is not ready for prime time business use and that’s where the BlackBerry shines and will continue to do so unless something dramatic happens.

Here is how the actual breakdown looks:

  1. BlackBerry Curve
  2. Apple iPhone 3GS
  3. BlackBerry Pearl
  4. Apple iPhone 3G
  5. BlackBerry Bold
  6. BlackBerry Storm
  7. T-Mobile G1
  8. Palm Pre
  9. HTC Touch Pro
  10. HTC Touch Diamond


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About the Author

Daniel Black is the President and CEO of MobiMadness, Inc. Over the last 4 decades Dan has been an IT Director, Project Manager, Firefighter, EMT, and Army Staff Sergeant (retired).

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  1. blackstrat says:

    I’ve been faithful to Palm until the Pre came out. To be honest, I couldn’t get my fat thumbs to work the keyboard. I was leary about Web OS as well. I opted to jump ship to the Blackberry. I need a good carrier, that works country wide, therefore AT&T wasn’t an option, so the IPhone, isn’t even on my radar…

  2. Daniel Black says:

    I tried the Palm Treo and really liked the fact that it had touch screen and a keyboard. Strange that RIM can’t see the wisdom in that configuration. Of course the Treo 750 is also 50% bigger in depth (thickness) than than a comparable BlackBerry Curve and that’s not so good.

  3. blackstrat says:

    I missed the touchscreen for a bit, still do from time to time. I did like the phone feature on the touchscreen. My son has the Storm and I’m not impressed with the touch screen on that device. The size of the Treo was never a problem for me. Although the constant “reboot” was. I’m slowly but surely getting to where I’m comfortable adding things to the Curve, I’m not nearly where I was with the Treo, but again I’d been with the Treo line for years.