1. deevel79's Avatar
    BlackBerry Owners Flock to IPhone 4S in Record Numbers - Forbes

    BlackBerry owners are trading in their devices in record numbers, highlighting RIMís struggles and Appleís expected success with the iPhone 4S.

    Gazelle, an online tech product buyer, said the number of BlackBerry trades is up from its record highs earlier this month, citing an 80 percent increase last week. Android trade-ins, along with old models of the iPhone, also spiked.

    Usersí sudden increased fleeing of BlackBerry phones follows the recent outages of Research in Motionís service. BlackBerry users all over the world were left without Internet and instant messaging capabilities for days as RIM struggled to fix the problem. The outages may have been the final straw for many BlackBerry users contemplating moving on to another smartphone.

    Appleís release of the iPhone 4S in the midst of BlackBerry service outages, poor sales, and RIMís management dissention, may have combined to trigger the increased user trade-ins.

    Gazelle also began running a national television ad campaign shortly before the release of the 4S to alert users of the siteís existence. The Gazelle commercials inform viewers of the companyís buy-back program for old electronics in a fast and efficient way and tell potential traders they ďmay get more than they think.Ē

    But the 4S may not be the only device causing smartphone users to trade-up and buy. New smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S2 and Motorola Droid Bionic may be target landing spots for those trading in old devices, and trade-ins of old handsets will likely continue as top-flight smartphones such as the Motorola Droid Razr and Samsung Galaxy Nexus hit the market next month.

    RIM currently offers no phones that are in nearly as high demand as its competitors. The companyís new BlackBerry 7 devices have performed poorly, which means most customers trading in old devices arenít doing so to pick up the new Torch. RIM is banking on phones running the BBX operating system to save the company, but those arenít coming until next year.

    Customers trading in their iPhones and Android devices are likely ending up with an updated model of those phones, but those sending Gazelle their BlackBerries are more likely to be saying goodbye to the brand for good.

    This post originally appeared at Mobiledia.
    10-27-11 12:00 PM
  2. exelant's Avatar
    So what?
    10-27-11 12:05 PM
  3. shemaree09's Avatar
    Obviously a Blackberry wasn't for them in the first place.

    2 totally different phones, so it doesn't seem like only an outage would cause someone to jump ship so soon unless having a BB wasn't suiting their needs anyway.

    This also doesnt state what model Blackberrys people are sending in. I just heard about that site, and I would probably send one of my old Blackberry's in too ( I still have a Blackberry).
    10-27-11 12:08 PM
  4. NickA's Avatar
    Someone already started a thread about this: Just scroll down the page next time and take a quick look before posting

    10-27-11 12:09 PM