4 out of 10 BlackBerry users plan on switching to iPhone when their contracts expires

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4 out of 10 BlackBerry users plan on switching to iPhone when their contracts expires
While 4 out of 5 dentists recommend chewing Trident, as we've been so informed over the years on television, 4 out of 10 BlackBerry users plan on switching to the iPhone once their contract expires. That is based on a survey done by Crowd Science and posted by ars technica. The market research firm has some other stats that explain this finding. While the 'Berry is known for being tops among the pinstriped set, one in three iPhone users are using the device strictly for personal use versus 16% for 'Berry users. Just 1% are using their iPhone for business use only. That means that 66% are using Apple's touchscreen smartphone for both business and pleasure. Only 7% of BlackBerry owners are using the handset for business reasons only and that leaves a whopping 75% using BlackBerry for personal and business use. With RIM's devices struggling on the multimedia side of the equation right now, you could see why many BlackBerry owners would like the iPhone for personal use. And yes, BlackBerry users will be soon getting a new WebKit based browser, but that is just one piece of the puzzle. Those 40% willing to change phones seem to believe that the Apple handset can handle their business needs while giving them the fun things on the personal side that they cannot get on the BlackBerry device.

The survey also shows that 32% of BlackBerry users would trade in their device for an Android flavored Nexus One at contract expiration. "These results show that the restlessness of BlackBerry users withtheir current brand hasn't just been driven by the allure of iPhone," says Crowd Sciences' CEO John Martin who continues, "Rather,BlackBerry as a brand just isn't garnering the loyalty seen with othermobile operating systems." To put an exclamation point on that quote, 90% of Android and iPhone users said that they would stay with their current OS when it is time for them to upgrade their handset.

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33 Comments

1. bluehorseshoe

Posts: 17; Member since: Jun 08, 2009

For the iPhone? Been there, didn't do that as the end result. As for the N1, absolutely. Corporate America will still run with the Berry for the most part. iPhone fun would reduce productivity and security is another issue. AT&T service is another reason for the lack of conversion as well, mostly on the consumer end. When the N1 does roll out to VZW, I'll be retiring my Storm2.

2. Mateo8326

Posts: 472; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

Wow that crazy oh well if you can't beat em join em, i hate the iphone it nice to look at but overall i love my blackberry bold 9000. Until the xperia x10 comes out with ATT.

3. rathdrum77

Posts: 25; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

Well I just gave up my 11 month old BB Storm for a HTC Eris, sick and tired of paying for almost every app and the ssslllooowww internet.

14. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

i had my storm for 11 months too and got a moto droid in november.

18. DonkeyPunched

Posts: 321; Member since: Jan 10, 2010

I had a blackberry bold and got rid of it for a moto backflip. A great change.

28. jd829

Posts: 155; Member since: Feb 24, 2010

I did the same thing, Bold 9700 for the backflip and I have no regrets. Android is AMAZING!

33. Mateo8326

Posts: 472; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

so yhe backflip is a good phone

4. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

That makes alot of sense because i have the curve 8330 from sprint and i plan to upgrade to the android-powered samsung moment within a month or 2. blackberry screens are 2 small, the blackberry network is inconsistent, and as for call quality, i keep getting dropped calls when i shouldnt be. although theres possibility tht the blackberry slider could go to sprint, i still wouldnt go back to blackberry......it was fun while it lasted lol

8. knuckleballer34

Posts: 119; Member since: Jul 27, 2009

I used the 8330 on Sprint for a few weeks and it was one of the worst phones i've ever had. The call quality was terrible, the reception wasn't particularly strong, and the keypad was too soft. Thankfully, not all Blackberries are like that...but spot on, the 8330 for Sprint was not a winner in my book.

5. jhoots

Posts: 74; Member since: Jan 13, 2010

so far 4 out of 4 people on here disagree! haha I think this is skewed in Iphones favor quite a bit. Its like my statistics teacher said in college, "there are liar, there are F***king liars, and theres statistics!"

10. knuckleballer34

Posts: 119; Member since: Jul 27, 2009

You can prove anything you want to with statistics.

16. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Well the users on this site are known to be pretty anti-iPhone, so I'm not really surprised that 4 out of 4 people wouldn't buy an iPhone. And statistics can prove anything you want (up to a point). So the next time statistics come out in favor of Android or Blackberry, or sprint or Verizon I hope you guys say the same thing....which you probably won't.

17. knuckleballer34

Posts: 119; Member since: Jul 27, 2009

You bring up a good point...there are too many homers on this site for various issues. I have my faults with some of my posts, but I try to call it as I see it. If the article had been reversed to read "40% of iPhone users are leaving to go to Android or Blackberry," I would have my doubts as well.

19. DonkeyPunched

Posts: 321; Member since: Jan 10, 2010

Exactly. I thought phone arena was a place to be informed on phones, but as you scroll down to reviews, all you see is nothin but fanboys fighting that Androids are better than anything. And whenever there is an article about AT&T, there's at least a fanboy with Verizon in their statement. Like knuckle, I try to call it as I see it and stay neutral.

21. mattkl

Posts: 255; Member since: Feb 01, 2010

All phones have there pros and cons, you can't make a device that everyone will love, but I'm with you on the Verizon comment. Once someone posts a negative experience they had the Verizonites jump on them. I personally think all the carriers are fine for me I just care about how much my bill is, ok and the phones. Can't wait for the HD2, don't need it by any means but it's the new shiny toy.

6. johnolesen

Posts: 20; Member since: Oct 17, 2009

90% of all statistics are randomly made up.

7. 3watts

Posts: 56; Member since: Jul 28, 2009

Recent polls confirm that 9 out of 10 iphone users are tools.

12. scottmbolt unregistered

lmao... so true!

15. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

+1 bro.

9. knuckleballer34

Posts: 119; Member since: Jul 27, 2009

The survey doesn't inform you of how many people were polled, so its accuracy is marginal at best. I have a hard time believing that 40% of BB users will be switching to the iPhone upon contract termination; additionally, I would have a hard time believing a claim that 40% of At&t Blackberry users would switch to the iPhone. To take it a step further, I don't think 40% of Blackberry users are strongly and seriously considering switching to any other brand when their contracts are up. While Blackberry as a brand is declining slightly in prestige (thanks to the outdated web browser), this article is little more than another glorified iPhone propaganda message.

23. Osukaru

Posts: 68; Member since: Jul 02, 2008

I think the correct statistic would be 40% of teenagers would change to an iPhone and ditch blackebrry. No business cusotmer which is a large base for BB would change for iPhone.

25. Tagon42

Posts: 9; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

I know a bunch of business people that dropped BB for the Iphone in the last two years. Not to mention the a few ditching to goto Moto Droid and a few that are waiting for the Nexus One to launch it's CDMA version and a 3G version for AT&T. You will of course always have hold outs and BB does email better then anyone right now, but with that gap closing RIM has to do something if they don't want to lose more market share.

26. knuckleballer34

Posts: 119; Member since: Jul 27, 2009

I agree with both of the above comments. I don't see very many teenagers with Blackberries, and IMO, i'd wager that most teenagers would prefer an iPhone if given the choice. On the other hand, I don't see many teenagers with iPhones either...maybe its just around where I live that its like this. Several of my friends and colleagues who are involved in business endeavors have switched from Blackberry to other phones, but the main thing for them I find is the need for a physical keyboard. One pf them has an iPhone and loves it, another has the Droid, and two have the HTC Imagio. Most of my friends and colleagues who are in business have stuck with Blackberry though, but that's not to say there aren't other good business options available. Personally, i'm a Blackberry user, because I need the UMA calling feature with T-Mobile. If not for UMA, i'm sure i'd be pretty satisfied with several other phones as well.

11. cellgeek82

Posts: 518; Member since: Dec 20, 2009

I really can't wait till they finally decide the iPhone is so overrated that these articles stop! iPhone this, iPhone that...it's like the Twilight Zone. There are other phones out there you know.

20. DonkeyPunched

Posts: 321; Member since: Jan 10, 2010

Well, what do you expect? Compare the popularity between the iPhone and an Android phone. More people know what an iPhone is. Most have no clue what an Android OS is. If you're sick of the articles, then go find another site that suits your taste.

13. scottmbolt unregistered

Just another typical i-phonearena.com "news" item.

22. fsjon

Posts: 120; Member since: Sep 03, 2009

Is the picture on for this article even a Blackberry? Looks like an older HTC to me....

24. artz1986

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

This makes me laugh, because I know that those willing to change for the iPhone are caught up in the glits and glam. Really, the only difference between my 9700 and the iPhone is the iPhone has Safari. Once BBerry gets that fresh browser out, I'll be fully satisfied. When it comes to multimedia, what else do you need besides listening to your music and watching videos? As long as I can see a clearly worded list of my music and vids, perfect! Do I really need to be woo'd by flashy transitions? At the end of the day, I'm not gonna be staring at my phone while my music is playing, if anything, I put it on lock and do w/e I'm doing. As for apps, I have Slacker Radio, Pandora, Engadget, Poynt, Viigo for my RSS feeds and podcasts, iheartradio, Google Mobile app, so on and so forth. What else do you need? Oh how the sheeple are so easily swayed..

27. TheMusicRocksMe

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 12, 2010

iPhone only gets its popularity thanks to the app store and trendiness. When the fad dies out the real smartphones will reign once again...

29. jherz6

Posts: 217; Member since: May 23, 2008

For the iphone I highly doubt it. Any highend phone user is going to eventually want to change there handset to try something new. AT&T simply doesnt have the network capabitity to support the iphone properly. WHen Apple finally gets rid of AT&T then youll really see what the iphone can do.

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