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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