Gazelle sees 80 percent increase in BlackBerry trades

There's new evidence that owners of Blackberry phones are abandoning them for new products. News.com reports that Gazelle, which allows people to trade in their smartphones and gadgets for money, has seen a massive 80 percent increase in Blackberry phones being turned in to the service just in the past week.

While the company did indeed see a spike in Blackberry trades earlier in the month after users were unable to use the phone's online features for a few days, it looks like this bigger jump can be attributed to one thing; the launch of Apple's iPhone 4S. Gazelle's Chief Gadget Officer Anthony Scarsella said this activity is, "easily the highest volume of BlackBerry trades ever seen period."

This is not a good situation for Blackberry's owners Research in Motion which is already dealing with huge market share losses in the smartphone market thanks to previous sales of the iPhone and of Android-based devices. That, in combination with low sales of its Playbook tablet, is causing large drops in revenues.

Blackberry recently announced plans to launch a new operating system, BBX, that will be used in new smartphone products later this year. But it may be too little, too late for the company at this point. The rise of Android and the iPhone, along with Blackberry's recent online issues, may make the company the next Palm; a once popular smartphone organization that didn't move quickly enough to deal with changes in the market.

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i will admit ive been seeing a large amount of blackberries up for sale or trade on craigslist. im glad i convinced my wife to dump hers and go android.

I have gone through all the Phone plattforms for work and all I can say is BB is the most reliable with email and phone calls more than any other smart phone. Basically the two things you need for work. I'd rather deal with a BB network outage every 2 years than wait around 15 minutes to get an email (yes they were set to push and update every 1 minute) Yea, you can't play packman or browse the web as well on a BB but is that what you need to do at work all day? Also, BB still has the highest security. To be fair however, there are some people that an iPhone or Android will work for in a buisness environment. These are people that may have a legit reason for an application on this plattform or they are not in a position where email is important.

The main problem with blackberry handsets is that they don't only look a few years out of date, they feel it too. Somebody coming out of a 2 year contract with an original Storm might as well have a Nokia 3210, their handset will feel like a relic from the past compared to the iPhone or any recent Android device.

Also, because there are hardly any decent apps any previous user won't have anything much invested in the platform. It makes sense to switch especially when the new handsets and os look as duff as the old one.

I think the only chance of success they have is to move over to the Android platform: instant app eco system and well known is - just build bbm and the secure push email on too.

If they don't do this I can see blackberry turning into a niche business product only used by those who've invested too much into the BB platform to move to something else. Personally, I think BB are dead, the management are either too stupid or not brave enough to dump their OS for Android.

I said RIM is the next Palm last year when Palm finally died and HP snapped it up for pretty cheap at the time. Give it another year and RIM wil be up for sale as well.

When they can't even hold the corporate market any more, it's a done deal. Back when they were super popular, it was because they brought productivity to everybody in society. Now that many smartphones go leaps and bounds above what Blackberries can do, it's no wonder they're losing ground fast.

BlackBerry is basically dead as it was in the past... centralized servers owned by the phone mfg you are forced to use to browse or get e-mail, slow OS's..... things of the past

well its their fault, as a 9300 curve 3g owner i felt dissapointed that they couldnt release blackberry OS 7 update for older smartphones, those who got 9800 torch must be **** to have a 0 updates. Also it feels so antiquated the way it handle the storage of the apps which its completely retired. Those who are buying new torch, bold and curve will not get BBX or QNX or whatever they want to call it.... Unless they are commited to older and current supported devices with updates.

I dont see how they want to regain market other than keep on expanding to midlow end markets and lower the price to bite into a segment that Iphone, Android and WP7 its not getting in yet

The fact that even NOKIA its doing better updates to symbian with anna and now belle show how they handle the situation with older phones that its currently selling... and in the way to transition to wp7

eilegz said,
well its their fault, as a 9300 curve 3g owner i felt dissapointed that they couldnt release blackberry OS 7 update for older smartphones, those who got 9800 torch must be **** to have a 0 updates. Also it feels so antiquated the way it handle the storage of the apps which its completely retired. Those who are buying new torch, bold and curve will not get BBX or QNX or whatever they want to call it.... Unless they are commited to older and current supported devices with updates.

I dont see how they want to regain market other than keep on expanding to midlow end markets and lower the price to bite into a segment that Iphone, Android and WP7 its not getting in yet

The fact that even NOKIA its doing better updates to symbian with anna and now belle show how they handle the situation with older phones that its currently selling... and in the way to transition to wp7

trust me.. my girlfriend got the OS7 upgrade on her bold 9700 and it runs very slow.. you definately do not want it on the curve cause it would just crawl.. kinda reminds me of first upgrading to vista when my hardware was outdated.. they changed the OS too much too fast imo and left all their hardware in the dust

Thats shocking, I have just got a BlackBerry (second one I have owned, first one the screen broke after 4 months of using the phone), my current blackberry turns it self off, and I have only owned it for about two weeks, already thinking about getting a new phone.

AndyRixon said,
Thats shocking, I have just got a BlackBerry (second one I have owned, first one the screen broke after 4 months of using the phone), my current blackberry turns it self off, and I have only owned it for about two weeks, already thinking about getting a new phone.

then why would you get a second one?