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:
- BlackBerry Curve
- Apple iPhone 3GS
- BlackBerry Pearl
- Apple iPhone 3G
- BlackBerry Bold
- BlackBerry Storm
- T-Mobile G1
- Palm Pre
- HTC Touch Pro
- HTC Touch Diamond