iPhone gets dethroned by Research In Motion's BlackBerry

After being ranked #1 phone in the third quarter in U.S for 2008, the iPhone has finally fallen to Research In Motion's BlackBerry Curve 83xx.

Based on the U.S. consumer sales of smartphone handsets in NPD's smartphone market update, the first quarter of 2009 was taken by Research In Motion's BlackBerry Curve 83xx. Not only did BlackBerry take the number one spot, but it also secured the third and fourth spot in the top 5 with its handsets.

The ranking of the top five phones in the U.S. went as follows:

  1. RIM BlackBerry Curve (all 83XX models)
  2. Apple iPhone 3G (all models)
  3. RIM BlackBerry Storm
  4. RIM BlackBerry Pearl (all models, except flip)
  5. T-Mobile G1

Some reasons behind the fallen iPhone sales could be behind the recent rumors of Apple's new up and coming third iPhone into the market, something many consumers may be patiently waiting for this summer.


This trend is not just good news for Research In Motion, but for wireless carriers as smartphone sales now account for 23% of all sales in the U.S., up from 17% in the first quarter of 2008.

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Like both phones to be totally honest. But would like to see the iPhone on another network (WITHOUT hacks) then AT%T. Till then I'm happy with my G1

I've used both curve/iphone/bold/storm

and i've decided to use the bold I know the new curve is more or less the bold so i consider the two in the same category. the bold just sits better why because it has a keyboard. I didnt like the no buttons of the storm and i dont like the no buttons of the iphone.

Although the iphone has way more apps that are free and useful the blackberry is catching up especially with the release of App World. Plus what really kills apple is blackberry messenger and it is the sole reason i will not switch to the iphone. to me an iphone seems more like a toy whereas a blackberry is meant for work.

The iPhone has had its run in success, now its time for the others or else its just boring. The 3rd gen does seem to have surprises for us too.

I personally find this surprising! With all the hoopla about the Apple iPhone, one would think that its #1. Why would the RIM Blackberry Curve surpass it? I have a Curve and I think its ok but I would rather prefer an iPhone.

Frazell Thomas said,
WinMo not on that list at all? I see so many people with the Touch Pro or Touch Diamond varients here in Philly.

I would ask the same question. Blackberry has certainly taken the market by storm

Um, they've actually NEVER been on top. It's a great phone, but Apple shot themselves market share-wise when they went with one vendor...

I have to agree that a lot of people not purchasing the iPhone right now because they are waiting until ~July so they can get the newest version. Why buy one now when a newer model is supposed to be released in approx 2 months.

On the ATT that is what is recommened whenever someone asks to buy one or wait. Eveyone is being advised to hold off for the time being.

and while you're waiting 5 minutes for your windows mobile phone to load a menu screen or open an e-mail i'll be getting on with my life

andrewbares said,
While you iPhoner's are pressing your iFart button, I'll be busy doing some actual work on my Windows Mobile phone.

And while you're busy trying to browse the web with Pocket IE, I'll be happily SSHing into my Ubuntu server on my iPhone.
You know, doing some of that "real work" you keep talking about.

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Honestly, my only complaints with the iPhone are no keyboard, and AT&T. I can't do touchscreen only phones, my fingers are too big. If they'd make an iPhone slider with a regular keyboard, I'd be interested, well, that is if it were on a carrier besides AT&T.

cyberdrone2000 said,
And while you're busy trying to browse the web with Pocket IE, I'll be happily SSHing into my Ubuntu server on my iPhone.
You know, doing some of that "real work" you keep talking about.

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Good luck trying to get work done while your phone locks up and reboots on you.

Unstable piece of crap.

Yes, I have an iPhone 3G.

waruikoohii said,

Good luck trying to get work done while your phone locks up and reboots on you.

Unstable piece of crap.

Yes, I have an iPhone 3G.

Mhmm... I managed to get my friend's iPhone to lock up twice within 10 minutes. While playing with the bubblewrap application. Maybe I was just expecting too much from it...?

Or maybe it can't handle my bubblewrap skills. :P

Eww! Windows Mobile? I used a friend's Touch Diamond and it was simply horrible compared to my iPhone 3G! Heck, with that lone exception, I don't see any Windows Mobile devices out there. It's all Blackberries and iPhones, plus some flip phones for those who don't need smartphones.

And BTW, the iPhone has individual Office editing programs as well! It's just that the full-fledged suites are only starting to come out, with QuickOffice released recently and Documents to Go not far behind.

cyberdrone2000 said,
And while you're busy trying to browse the web with Pocket IE, I'll be happily SSHing into my Ubuntu server on my iPhone.
You know, doing some of that "real work" you keep talking about.

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There are more browsers than just Pocket IE, Microsoft Deepfish, Opera Mobile both Java and Windows Mobile App, there are many SSH programs for Windows Mobile as well and WM is more business orientated than the pretty happy shiney iPhone.

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andrewbares said,
While you iPhoner's are pressing your iFart button, I'll be busy doing some actual work on my Windows Mobile phone.

I started on the PalmPilot, the origional. Then had several other Palms after that. Then I went to WinMo and never was able to replace a few apps that I loved on the PalmOS. But over the years I got over it and moved on. I was very stuber like many WinMo users. I hate, hate ATT and Apple with a pasion. But after several people that work at my company got iPhones and I configured them to connect to our Exchange server I was rather impressed. My biggest hangups where the keyboard, ATT and Apple. I was amazed that the email app worked with Exchange ActiceSync much better then any other phone we have used on our server. That includes Blackberrys on our BBE server. I spent a bunch of time with the keyboard and believe it or not I after about 10mins I was reasonably fast on it and was able to scratch the keyboard off my list of complaints. Well a month ago I made the switch to the iPhone and I am very happy with it. I have never had the phone lock up. Sure some third party crap will crash but not lock up the whole phone. I am even running OS3 beta 4 and haven't had any stability problems with the built in apps. I also get "Real work" done on it using a VNC client and a RDP client. I have also used many 3rd party web browsers on WinMo and none compare to the iPhone's browser. I wish it had flash but at least in OS3 beta they have added support for inline YouTube videos.

Anyways, you guys need to stop being so closed minded and give the iPhone a shot. It isn't that bad. And the keyboard is fine too. I must admit that I don't have big fat fingers though. I can type just as fast on the iPhone as I could on any of my WinMo keyboards. My wife also picked up an iPhone and she is having problems due to having long nails.

Oh, one other "real work" applications that I had with WinMo that I didn't have at first on the iPhone was tethering. With OS3 beta I can now tether via BT or USB and I am getting 1.5Mbit out of it. Although I haven't gone on a road trip yet. I suspect the network will have lots of holes compared to Sprint which I had before.

BTW, What is iFart.

Well if the iPhone were available on all four major US carriers instead of just AT&T (or just Rogers in Canada), I'm sure the iPhone would have fared considerably better! But still, can't go wrong with Canadian ingenuity at the top! :)

And @ Nightwind Hawk, are you kidding me? I know at least five people who use a Storm!

And yet, the iPhone loses to JUST the Curve series. If you add the #1, #3, and #4 RIM products, the Apple brand is selling a distant second to the RIM line...

Apple makes two models of phone, how many different models does RIM make again? While we are at it, how many models does HTC make (note that NONE of HTC's phones are even on this list other than the G1)?

But it's Apple! If they aren't #1 they're nothing. Sales is one thing, but customer satisfaction is another. More people like their iPhones then any other phone. So hah!

Btw, don't even consider the fact that the iPhone is available on 1 provider in America.

roadwarrior said,
Apple makes two models of phone, how many different models does RIM make again? While we are at it, how many models does HTC make (note that NONE of HTC's phones are even on this list other than the G1)?


yet they are counting just one bb model while counting the two iphone models

roadwarrior said,
Apple makes two models of phone, how many different models does RIM make again? While we are at it, how many models does HTC make (note that NONE of HTC's phones are even on this list other than the G1)?

It should allow Apple to better focus their marketing on that single product. If anything fewer handsets prevents you covering sales over a larger lineup.

If it was a chart for highest selling brand then sure...but on a handset by handset basis having fewer products doesnt work against a company.

edit: as for them counting two iPhone phones...the phones the same besides memory capacity anyway so I wouldn't call it two different products for the sake of this round up.

Xero said,
More people like their iPhones then any other phone.

Do you have any hard data of this assertion or are you just pulling this out of your arse? 8)

And BTW, most Scientologists like what they've been brainwashed into believing too. It doesn't mean I want to join the cult. 8P

Ivand said,
yet they are counting just one bb model while counting the two iphone models

No they aren't. Read the list again. They are counting ALL of the 83xx Blackberry Curve models against the two models of the iPhone (which only vary by the size of the built-in memory).