Friday, March 23, 2012

Apple's iPhone takes top spot from RIM in Canada

It could be a warning sign that the Waterloo-based company has more to worry about besides the lack of new handsets. Based on data from IDC and Bloomberg, Apple has sold 2.85 million iPhones in Canada while RIM has only shipped 2.08 million units of its smartphones last year.

RIM's BlackBerry handsets are no longer Canada's number one smartphones, and its fall from the throne to Apple seems could be a reflection of its current troubles.

Should RIM be worried? According to a New York Times article, new RIM CEO Thorsten Heins stated in an interview in January that "in the rest of the world, BlackBerry is growing very fast".

He may be right. RIM's strategy seems to be shifting toward Asia. Last year, the company chose Indonesia for the global launch of its new BlackBerry smartphones as well as to open an official retail store.

With the BlackBerry PlayBook being not the major success that the company was hoping it would be, RIM will likely be pinning its hopes on its upcoming BB 10 OS devices. However, the company's delay in introducing new hardware--it asked its shareholders for their "patience and confidence"-- seems to paint a bleak overall picture.

Via New York Times

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Source From CNET

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