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According to a report by FierceWireless based on data gathered by industry analysts IDC, the iPhone 3GS sold strongly in the second quarter of 2009, but not as strongly as the BlackBerry Curve, RIM’s mid-range smartphone offering. According to its analysis, which is based on industry […]

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According to a report by FierceWireless based on data gathered by industry analysts IDC, the iPhone 3GS sold strongly in the second quarter of 2009, but not as strongly as the BlackBerry Curve, RIM’s mid-range smartphone offering. According to its analysis, which is based on industry insider interviews, and information from parts manufacturers and distributors, since no company releases firm sales numbers, BlackBerry beat out Apple during the 3GS launch quarter.

As VentureBeat points out, the numbers don’t necessarily reflect actual consumer purchases (sell-through), only really how many units were bought by telcos and retailers (sell-in), and even then the figures are educated guesses, not solid facts. Still, the ranking does tell a story for Apple: a story of success.

Keen readers will note that the report covers second quarter 2009, during which the iPhone 3GS was only available for 12 days through one major U.S. carrier, while the BlackBerry Curve had been on offer throughout the quarter, from no less than all four of the major U.S. carriers, plus many other smaller providers. Also note that the “Curve” moniker applies to a wide selection of handsets, including the 83XX legacy line that many providers offer deep contract discounts on.

Bottom line? The 3GS is already a huge success, despite its relative youth. The rest of the list includes veterans like the Pearl, Storm, Bold, and Android G1, all of which have been around for a while and are much more competitively priced. The iPhone 3G comes in at number four, a fairly strong showing, especially since that puts Apple in two of the top five positions. Unless RIM has something special up its sleeve, expect to see the 3GS pull far ahead in the third quarter.

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  1. If they were actually on multiple carriers instead of signing dumb ass exclusivity deals they would be outselling RIM.

  2. Oh no!! Steve jobs is gonna cry! Someone get his bottle!!

  3. I think Apple should continue to milk AT&T for everything it’s worth. Those AT&T subsidies are are golden to Apple’s bottom line. I’m not sure how long Apple has the contract remaining with AT&T, but I think they should stay with them until going to 4G, then Apple should let all the networks capable of 4G have the iPhone. I say screw the market share which is highly overrated and just keep loading up on profits. Apple does not need to outsell RIM. Apple only needs to make more profits than RIM, no matter how they do it.

  4. Eileen F. Levy Wednesday, August 5, 2009

    If my carrier, Sprint, was allowed to offer the iPhone, I’d be at the store in 10 minutes for an iPhone upgrade! I love my Blackberry Curve but am craving an iPhone. However, I’m not willing to pay the “termination charges” from my Sprint contract. I wish the cell phone providers would be more responsive to our needs and desires, rather than hold us hostages with their terminal agreements and “locked” devices.

  5. So…. basically, the basis of this article is an incomplete representation of the sales data and the 3GS sales quarter consisted of just a couple days? You might as well just make up your next story out of thin air since it would be equally relevant.

    The iPhone 3G beat rim in the launch quarter, because it was introduced in July and likewise had sales from the entire quarter. The same didn’t apply this time, so you are comparing Apples to Oranges here.

  6. “BlackBerry Curve Outsells iPhone 3GS in Second Quarter”

    Or, if you actually read the article; this headline is complete hit-whoring B.S.

  7. I believe BB also offered yet another buy one get one free promotion during this period. Coupled with the iPhone’s limited 12-day availability, this report is bogus and misleading.

  8. [...] See the example post: BlackBerry Curve Outsells iPhone 3GS in Second Quarter [...]

  9. The question is did RIM make any money. It’s pretty easy to get a free BB these days, especially a Curve.

  10. Michael Murdock Wednesday, August 5, 2009

    CrackBerry has everything to fear. Apple’s going to stomp it’s grapes (or berries) shortly once again. The report is a sham to try and give blackberry some hope that its products don’t suck. Well…having switched from the PEARL which was a piece of garbage to a TMOBILE WING which sucked worse (windows mobile crash city) and then broke when dropped in a safeway store a mere 6 inches from the floor, to an iPhone…never going back to another brand. No need to.

    iPhone 3GS – ROCKS.

    Blackberry = HOOVER VACUUM MODE. (SUCKS)

    Love,

    Mike

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