In a news article spawned here: http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-10232698-94.html many agencies are following up with news stories that the Blackberry Curve has taken over as the top selling phone during the 1st quarter of 2009. What does this mean? Should I sell my APPLE STOCK? Should I go and pick up that Windows Mobile Device and place my 7 iPods, 2 iPhones, Apple TV and my Apple computers on CRAIGSLIST?
It means nothing. Blackberry has had a huge campaign where it is Buy One - Get One Free. My brother took advantage of this offer and bought himself and his wife a blackberry curve - what is it they do for a living, you might inquire? Auto-Mechanic and Nurse, respectively. WTF? That is a lot of fire-power for my sibling and a good chunk of change per month. But that is what the Cell Phone Industry is doing - marketing towards John Q. Public and their spouse.
Not only did Blackberry (R.I.M. based) off a viral sell on their devices, but their devices can be found on all the major carriers networks - AT&T, Verizon, Spring, T-Mobile! How many networks have the Apple iPhone - ONE! AT&T is the sole provider of the Apple iPhone.
So - let's put this into perspective - Apple, limited to 1 phone offer (no, buy one, get one free), is limited to one provider and has been kicking R.I.M.'s ass until the 1st quarter of 2009. Not really a great comparison of Apples to Apples (major pun intended).
I have tried all major carriers devices and keep navigating back towards the iPhone - simply the best phone on the market right now. With iPhone OS 3.0 due in another 2 months... it will surely top the charts with all those 'extra' features that really should have been included in OS 1.0.
Keep it going, Apple.