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Verizon customers choose Android over BlackBerry

Verizon customers choose Android over BlackBerry
Just over a year ago it seemed that the marriage between Verizon and BlackBerry was blooming in full color as BlackBerries accounted for more than 90 per cent of Big Red's smartphone sales. It took a month after the release of the first DROID for that share to plunge to less than 60 per cent and latest data from ITG Investment Research shows that 'Berries have finally fallen pray to Android.

In October, RIM gave up the first place among Verizon smartphones to Motorola and now RIM's smartphones rank second with a dwindling share of 20 per cent. Things are far from rosy for the Canadian manufacturing as Taiwanese HTC is gearing up to replace them from the second place.
BlackBerries lost the battle to Motorola's smartphones in October

BlackBerries lost the battle to Motorola's smartphones in October


HP's Palm made a brief appearance in the Verizon smartphone race, but after the Pre Plus made a debut it seemed to be quickly forgotten and the delay of the Palm Pre 2 resulted in an even lower market share of the brand. And now, unless Jobs and company bring the iPhone 5 to Verizon soon, it looks like the green robot will reign supreme in the carrier's ranking for some time.

source: Free PC Guides via Yahoo! News

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posted on 17 Dec 2010, 10:25 1

1. Gawain (Posts: 371; Member since: 15 Apr 2010)


PhoneArena editors, one editing note: It's not, "...finally fallen pray to..."; it's, "...finally fallen p-r-e-y to..."

Also, you really need to lighten up on the rhetoric. To say things are far from rosy at RIM isn't substantiated. RIM posted big gains in earnings yesterday (Dec 16th). They also out-shipped Apple for the their respective 3rd quarters, setting a new record for themselves (I'd post a link to the WSJ article, but HTML is not allowed). Yes, RIM is losing over all market share, however that is on the scale of sales increasing as the size of their global market increases even faster (bigger pie to eat one might say). The North American market is nearing saturation, RIM has done well to exploit opportunities in Latin America and other emerging markets where they are dominating, Indonesia is a prime example.

Add some context or bigger picture perspective - from questioning the financial stability of major telecoms to iPhone rumors to repetitive gloomy commentary about RIM - you guys need to slow down the news feed or read more.

posted on 17 Dec 2010, 11:46 1

2. nom (unregistered)


Actually, comparing consecutive quarters is not a very good financial indicator. Year-over-year statistics are more reliable. This is so since human behavior demonstrates certain patterns throughout the different times of the year. For example, back to school season in the US falls on Q3 or people do more shopping on Q4. If WSJ uses stats other than YoY, more often than not, there is more to the story than what it wants you to believe.

posted on 17 Dec 2010, 12:59 1

3. Gawain (Posts: 371; Member since: 15 Apr 2010)


Certainly. However, RIM's results over the past year have consecutively been better in every year-over-year. Their unit shipments, exceeding Apple's in volume, in the wake of Job's remarks last month, _are_ and indicator of a healthy company.

posted on 18 Dec 2010, 11:42

4. LionStone (Posts: 461; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)


Maybe PA meant, "...'Berries have finally fallen (and) pray to Android." hehe ;)

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