Report: BlackBerry Claims Nearly 50 Percent Of U.S. Smartphone Market; Storm 2 On The Way


imageResearch In Motion’s BlackBerry Curve was the most popular smartphone in the U.S. during the first quarter, beating out Apple’s iPhone, according to The NPD Group. Not only did the Curve perform well, but two other BlackBerry products made the top five, granting the company a nearly 50 percent market share in the U.S. The other surprise was the T-Mobile G1, which came in at fifth place. Release.

Apple’s dethroning was somewhat expected. As we pointed out last month, iPhone sales for the past two quarters have not been able to touch the volumes experienced by RIM (NSDQ: RIMM) on a worldwide basis. In Apple’s second quarter, it sold 3.79 million iPhones globally, or less than half of RIM


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If RIM has three of the top five smartphones in the U.S. market for 1Q2009, the implication is that Apple could dominate four of the five if it had other price points like the rumored iPhone-lite and CDMA or dual-mode models. RIM would be left competing with Google Android for fifth place. The proof would be NPD, comScore or Gardner surveying the Q1 Curve buyers why they did not buy an iPhone. The answers will probably be carrier choice and price point with the Curve having no feature for form factor advantages.

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