BlackBerry has 30% market share in Venezuela, trailing only Android's 39%

BlackBerry has 30% market share in Venezuela, trailing only Android's 39%
With a miniscule market share in most countries, BlackBerry usually doesn't show up on the radar. What you normally see is Android and iOS numbers one and two respectively. But in Venezuela, the top two spots belong to Android (39.2%) and BlackBerry (30.92%). This is possible because in the country, iOS has only 4.1% of the market, and the 'others' category accounts for 19.8%. The latter group consists largely of Firefox OS and Symbian users.

Overall, the country boasts a total of 12.66 million smartphones in use. With our trusty abacus in hand, we can tell you that this works out to 3.91 million BlackBerry handsets currently active in the country. There are 4.96 million Android users and only 519,000 Venezuelans that are sporting an Apple iPhone. With a total population of 28.5 million people, smartphone penetration is a rather low 44%. While the country's economy isn't that rich based on GDP per capita, it is the fifth largest oil exporter in the world which means that some day this country could be unmined gold for manufacturers.

The large oil exporting infrastructure could be responsible for BlackBerry's huge share in the country. They are large corporations that crave secure communications. Whatever the reason for its success in Venezuela, you can be sure that BlackBerry CEO John Chen would love to be able to bottle it for use throughout the rest of the world.

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source: Mobiltelefon.ru (translated)

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1. mistercarter

Posts: 360; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

the reason is they didnt know WhatsApp before and they were all addicted to BBM, i got a lot of friends from Venezuela that's how i know now they dont care about BB as much, because the BB8520 is absolute crap and now you can get an android smartphone for really cheap and are much more capable devices

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 22849; Member since: May 28, 2014

"They don't care about BlackBerry as much"... The market share number totally debunks this statement. If you've ever used a BlackBerry 10 handset, you would know that they are just as capable, if not more so, than any smartphone running a different OS.

15. sgodsell

Posts: 7622; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I don't think mistercarter realizes that current Blackberry's can also run Android applications as well.

7. buccob

Posts: 2981; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I am Venezuelan and I can explain but is complicated, so bare with me... Before the rise of Samsung and the success of Whatsapp, there were little alternatives to "unexpensive" instant messages, and BlackBerry became extremely popular due to its BIS service and its BBM, were you could use it non-stop for a monthly flat price. SMS is very expensive here and it is truly archaic compared to other messanging services. (2008-2010) The boom was so big that its comparable to what Californians, or most americans do for iPhones (long lines outside the stores, thieves only looking for apple devices, etc) the same happened here but with Blackberries. (2010-2011) When Samsung announced the S2, and other manufactures where up-ing their game, such as Motorola with Atrix, LG with Optimus, Sony-Ericsson with their 2011 Xperia line... etc...... Blackberry actually was left behind in technology since they couldn't bring a competitive media device that was touch based and powerful as the others... (2011) That is when I made the switch to Android, and many of my friends, colleagues and family also started to realize this... and if you add up the increasing need of cheap smartphones among the lower class of the population, Android was the best option with low-range devices. (2011-2012) The breaking point was that Whatsapp began to popularize among OSes and the advantage of having BBM was extremely diminished, and was only treasured by Politicians, Entrepreneurs, Business men, etc AND also by criminals since the BIS service is actually very safe and allows them to have secure conversation... After that it was a rolling snowball and Blackberry popularity diminished A LOT but since they already had most of the market, the reduction wasn't as critical as it was on the rest of the world (excluding Africa). In Venezuela exist extreme currency controls, and also importations are a nightmare. We probably have the worst inflation on the world and the Government controls almost every single major industry, including Oil, Power, TV Networks, and so on... and the finantial crisis, along with the social anarchy, and apathy from law enforcers, make most private companies to move out to a more stable place. So for regular people to actually be able to get a smartphone we have to turn to Amazon (US), mercadolibre.com (in Venezuela, similar to ebay), and a few physical stores and the prices are actually through the roof. And iPhone 6 (16GB) cost: 145000 BsF which officially is 12831 US$. But the pricing is complex because we have a black market exchange rate and an about 3 official values depending on the requirements... http://articulo.mercadolibre.com.ve/MLV-432955353-iphone-6-capacidad-16-gb-caja-sellada-oferta-_JM This is also why there is too much piracy here. And people research a lot before buying ANYTHING. For regular americans to get an average App is about $1, but to us that is like getting it for $17 which is CRAZY. I want to move out.

9. buccob

Posts: 2981; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

This is why I spent about 3 month of research before actually getting my Xperia Z3 Compact... I have to be absolutely sure that it has the things that I need and that the failure rate is not as high, etc... even then I was and still am somehow worried about my (1 month old) device since I seriously do not want for it to break, or fail on me because it will be very expensive to repair or replace. People here want to get their money worth, and the iPhones are not it.

13. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Reading your comment makes me feel smarter. Z3 Compact is a wonderful choice.

2. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Live Blackberry!

3. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Long live BlackBerry!

4. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

In venezuela, rich use blackberry, poor use features phone.

10. buccob

Posts: 2981; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

incorrect. Depending on the type of "rich", say corrupt politicians uses BlackBerries, iPhones... regular "rich" people use Android/BB... silverspoon teenagers uses iPhones... middle class uses Android... lower class uses old Blackberries or Feature phones.

12. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Corrupt politicians use bb, sounds like Obama to me

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 22849; Member since: May 28, 2014

There goes the theory that BlackBerry has zero market share everywhere.... Good job, BlackBerry!

11. buccob

Posts: 2981; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Sadly their popularity here in Venezuela is also extremely diminished.... they still have that market share because they already had over 70% a few years ago.. but the future is not so bright for them here. Hopefully they can turn this trend around

17. meanestgenius

Posts: 22849; Member since: May 28, 2014

With BlackBerry 10, they can turn the trend around and maintain market share. It's really that good.

19. Rydsmith unregistered

That's why their market share has continued to decrease in places that do offer BB10?

20. meanestgenius

Posts: 22849; Member since: May 28, 2014

No, that's why your fav OS, iOS, can't make a DENT in enterprise, where BlackBerry has more market share than ANY OTHER OS.

22. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

He is still living in 2011, where the enterprise hasn't overwhelmingly adopted BYOD, a segment that the iPhone dominates.

24. meanestgenius

Posts: 22849; Member since: May 28, 2014

BYOD is RULED by BlackBerry's EMM solution. Corporations can have as many iOS devices they want, they're most are secured by BlackBerry's BES. Nice try, but not nice enough.

23. meanestgenius

Posts: 22849; Member since: May 28, 2014

"iOS grows to 73 enterprise share." You do realize that this is just for DEVICE ACTIVATIONS in Q4, right? BlackBerry's market share in enterprise comes primarily from its software and services, and it's ALL YEAR AROUND, not just one quarter. They are larger than their next 3 competitors combined, and Apple ain't in that 3 at all. Hell, they don't even have ACCESS to BlackBerry's device activations in this article! And it's done and Sponsored by Good Technology, which is a BlackBerry competitor! You think THEY'RE going to report factual information about BlackBerry, even if they had access to it? Not only that, but they have already been caught skewing numbers and spreading misinformation about BlackBerry, by BlackBerry themselves. Next time, try quoting a source that doesn't have a hidden agenda. Nice try, but not nice enough.

26. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

So you took an article sponsored by a BlackBerry competitor as gospel? You must be daft. Good Technologies has been proven to make up utter falsehoods when it comes to BlackBerry time and time again. Next!

8. DanteTheGreat

Posts: 67; Member since: Jul 31, 2014

They used to have massive market share in Nigeria till recently. They lost a lot over the last two years. I myself stopped using one. I thought about getting the classic to replace my iPhone 5s as my secondary phone, but I didn't like the specs at all. I'm not gonna to buy a phone in 2015 with the same chipset my Xperia T had in 2012!!! And it's priced the same as a Z2 and an S5. The OS is smooth, yeah, we get that, but so is iOS, and Apple still uses cutting edge chipsets.

14. Mxyzptlk unregistered

This means little in the bigger picture.

16. buccob

Posts: 2981; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Did you read the article? "With a total population of 28.5 million people, smartphone penetration is a rather low 44%. While the country's economy isn't that rich based on GDP per capita, it is the fifth largest oil exporter in the world which means that some day this country could be unmined gold for manufacturers." OF course this is just a small fraction of the US or China, etc... but having a low smartphone penetration in 2015 means that there is a LOT of potential buyers in the future... the problem is that in the current dictatorship, and with the current economic situation, the change is hard... but if we are somehow able to end this communism (overthrow, but its unlikely) then the economic situation might stabilize and people would get better chances to import and buy things like Smartphones...

33. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Yes I read the article. You make more sense than the resident blackberry spokesman.

39. meanestgenius

Posts: 22849; Member since: May 28, 2014

Anyone makes more sense than the resident Apple spokeswoman, which is you.

41. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Excuse me for being right.

49. meanestgenius

Posts: 22849; Member since: May 28, 2014

Translation: "I know I don't make any sense. But I certainly pretend that I do." There. I fixed your post for you.

40. tenzin

Posts: 111; Member since: Dec 20, 2013

Because new blackberry 10 os much better then famous big trio android wp apple just try it

52. tom.howard1978

Posts: 107; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

Blackberry actually has a market share higher than 2 percent? I cannot believe people still buy this dying platform. They are defintely on the way out for sure. Android is the future of the mobile market. RIP Blackberry

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