Analyst: No BlackBerry sales in some outlets for a month

It's known that BlackBerry sales are not what they once were. Research in Motion's smartphone has lost market share to iOS and Android devices and there's evidence that Windows Phone devices could overtake BlackBerry later this fall. Now one analysts claims that their research shows that the situation for BlackBerry sales could be even worse than first thought.

AllThingsD.com reports that, according to Pacific Crest analyst James Faucette on the current state of BlackBerry sales:

In terms of sell-through, we believe that current run rates are roughly one-fifth of those we saw in the United States just eight months ago. Further, we found a meaningful number of carrier retail locations which had not sold a single BlackBerry in over a month.

With RIM delaying the launch of BlackBerry 10 from the fourth quarter of 2012 to the first quarter of 2013, that means RIM will miss out having a new device for the busy holiday shopping season, even as new Apple, Android and Windows Phone products are all launching in the same time period. Even if BlackBerry 10 does launch in the first quarter of 2013, Faucette states, " ... we believe the clear evidence of shelf-space pressure our checks have detected does not bode well for the company in the longer term."

RIM responded to Faucette's statement by saying, "We remain focused on the successful launch of BlackBerry 10, scheduled for the first quarter of calendar 2013, and believe the delivery of high quality, fully-featured BlackBerry 10 smartphones will be an attractive offering to our customers."

Source: AllThingsD.com
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What's a Blackberry? This more of that Apple fruit **** for the iSheep? The extremely creative types that are just snooty to be seen in anywhere but a Starbucks and driving a VW Bug?

Realistically we all know what's going to happen. Most Blackberry users (ignoring enterprise users) are nearly inseparable when it comes to BBM. Sure some have moved on to iPhone's or Android phones, but constantly complain about not having BBM. When the new Blackberries are announced/released, a LOT of the people who left will come running back to it.

Whether I think that's a good thing or not makes no difference. The fact is Blackberry isn't going anywhere, yet. The only way they're going to disappear is if they go bankrupt. Something the BB10 devices are going to remedy.

Can you people stop saying garbage like "blackberry is dead" or similar? It's the same "tech heads" like you that convince people that Windows 8 sucks. I have an iPhone and a BlackBerry, and I can safely say that I would choose to handle my emails on my BlackBerry over my iPhone any day of the week.

They still sell considerably well with under 21's in the UK. BBM still seems to be what they want. Plus it's a budget phone, which is great for that age range.

Windows Phone has already overtaken BlackBerry in most countries, but more significant is that Windows Phone has overtaken iPhone in China, Brazil, and Russia and is closing the gap with iPhone throughout most of Europe. In fact the only place iPhone is still showing strength is the USA.

That's the problem, business was their best customer but how often do businesses upgrade their phones now? I've had my work blackberry for years now, they only replace them when they fail nowadays.

I never under understood the appeal of them when Nokia had been making these types of devices for years before RIM did. Hell people around most of the world were texting while America and Canada were doing this weird thing called paging.

Blackberry is dead. Unless BB10 is the holy grail of smartphone interfaces, there's nothing they can do at this point. Their only momentum is downward.

Blackberry is a thing of the past and it's just a matter of time before they pack up shop and call it quits. Their only shot is/was a buyout or a partnership with Microsoft or Google, but it's doubtful that will ever happen.

BB10 shouldn't have been out Q4 of 2012, it should've been out Q4 of 2011 IMO. Hell, BB10 doesn't even work with their own BB server which they now have to update, probably why they've delayed this as well. But come on, how does something so key to the whole BB ecosystem not get support from the start of development?

Kondrath said,
Our store (AT&T dealer) hasn't ordered a blackberry device since December or earlier.

Most carriers in Canada are handing them out for free to customers who dont have smartphones and want to upgrade mid contract. My friend at Telus said even old ladies know to steer clear of them whenever he mentions them.