BlackBerry is still the dominant leader in smartphone sales, but there’s evidence that the Palm Pre and the iPhone are taking a bite out of its market share.
In a new report, a Piper Jaffray analyst says RIM, BlackBerry’s parent company, can still claim 20 percent of the world’s smartphone sales. But big telcos like Sprint, AT&T and Verizon have been hard-charging with their promotions of new products like the Palm Pre and the iPhone 3G S. And it’s more than just advertising. The report says BlackBerry sales have slowed as the Pre showed “solid sales” for Sprint and the new iPhone spiked for AT&T.
The analyst goes on to say that interest in the Pre and the iPhone is likely to remain. And with more competition coming this summer – the Google Android-based G2 from T-Mobile –BlackBerry might see its lead erode even more. BlackBerry does have a chance to stay atop the heap, however, when it releases the Tour, which is set to debut later this month.