Americans losing addiction to "CrackBerrys"SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - To understand what ails BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd in the U.S. market, just ask eBay Inc Chief Executive John Donahoe.
The world's biggest online auction site had about a hundred engineers developing new iterations of eBay's shopping app for Apple Inc's iPhone a few months ago, and another hundred engineers working on Google Inc's Android mobile platform.
EBay even had 50 people developing apps for Microsoft's Windows phones, but the e-commerce giant only had "one or two" working on RIM's BlackBerry, according to Donahoe.
Full article here: Americans losing addiction to "CrackBerrys"
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- 12-17-11, 01:24 AM #2
RIM needs a fast solution and waiting a full year for a phone with an unsupported and app lacking OS like QNX is not it. There best solution is to build a solid device with up to date features with an amazing touchscreen and run Android or even Windows. This will put RIM in direct competition with Samsung and the like and most importantly make Blackberry a household name once again. I am not at all excited about QNX phones because as much as we deny it the market want apps and Blackberry can not deliver.
- CrackBerry Abuser
12-17-11, 01:29 AM #3
- 495 Posts
Yea, we didn't know that. If it wasn't for crackberry specifically, I would be willing to bet they would easily lose a good 15% of their base. We just sit here and accept subpar products and stay faithful to a company that does not care about us.
- 12-17-11, 01:59 AM #4
Can't believe BlackBerry's US market is, about 10% now? RIM really, really underestimated the power of an App and using the phone for more than a communication device. And too bad they didn't realized this until 2011.
The only way I could see RIM regaining some if its customers back or gaining new ones if WP7 doesn't really take off and user fatigue from iOS and Android making BlackBerry 10 a nice "breath of fresh air" alternative to the big guys (Google and Apple).
Here's to a better year, 2012!
- CrackBerry User
12-17-11, 06:41 AM #5
- 27 Posts
Even I'm weaning off my Crackberry addiction. I'll still keep my BB to use with my PB, but when my upgrade period rolls around I'll more than likely be looking at iPhone or Android, for the apps more than anything else.
RIM has some serious catching up to do if it wants to stay in the game.
- 12-17-11, 07:00 AM #6
it hurts to see commercials on TV talking about an app and you see on the bottom of the screen 'available for iPhone and Android' ... no mention of BBs apps anywhere...they need a marketing team on this ASAP!
- 12-17-11, 07:08 AM #7
Best section of article:
To be sure, BlackBerry still has its defenders. Robert Laikin, CEO of cellphone distributor Brightpoint, said that RIM represents between 5 percent to 10 percent of the 110 million phones his company handles globally every year.
"I still have a BlackBerry. When I talk to my friends who are business professionals, most of them still have a BlackBerry. Some of them have bought an additional device too," he told Reuters.
"All manufacturers I've worked with in the last 25 years have product delays. What RIM is going through isn't different," he said. "I believe RIM will survive because their product is very sticky."
- CrackBerry Newbie
12-17-11, 09:41 AM #9
- 1 Posts
The problem with Blackberry's in the U.S. is their subsidized price. I see a lot of people with the Torch, my guess because AT&T had them for $49 with a two-contract. When you look at Verizon, their Bold 9930 is $199 (I've seen it higher). Sorry, but anyone at RIM who thinks this is a good idea is flat out wrong. Putting these phones into the sub $50 range is the only way to really pick up new customers.
- 12-17-11, 10:08 AM #11
- 12-17-11, 12:50 PM #14
I think it comes down to getting your money's worth. Most people pay $80+ for the privilege of using a smartphone. For that kind of money you had better get more than push email and bbm. I think if blackberry could offer a plan similar to metro pcs... Unlimited everything for $50.. And drop the price on the new phones with outdated technology.. They could dominate the market.
- 12-17-11, 12:55 PM #16
in Canada you can get a Pay As you Go voice plan with an unlimited messaging on a BlackBerry for $35/month, not offered for any other smartphone due to data requirements.
the Carriers could push the low cost smartphone bundle to the feature phone users, but haven't yet, the race to lower cost plans wont happen until the upper limit plans start getting limits like other countries have.
- 12-17-11, 08:42 PM #18
- 12-18-11, 09:13 AM #23