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iPhone Outsells BlackBerry in RIM's Home Country

By - Source: Bloomberg | B 31 comments

BlackBerry takes a hit on its home turf.

Research In Motion hasn't had an easy time as of late. The company is struggling to keep up with competitors in both the tablet and smartphone space. Now it seems the company has been dealt another blow: the iPhone has, for the first time, outsold the BlackBerry in RIM's native Canada.

Bloomberg and IDC report that the Ontario-based company shipped 2.08 million handsets in Canada last year. This is compared to Apple's 2.85 million iPhones. The year previously, the BlackBerry pipped Apple to the number one spot by half a million units. Go back even further, to 2008, and the BlackBerry was outselling the iPhone by nearly five to one in Canada.

Discounting how popular the BlackBerry brand is among Canadians, it's impressive that Apple has managed to knock the smartphone maker off the top spot with essentially just one phone. While RIM's portfolio includes several different models of BlackBerry, Apple has just one phone. RIM is currently preparing for BlackBerry World, which is set to take place from May 1 to May 3.

According to Bloomberg, RIM's Canadian sales fell 23 percent in the third fiscal quarter from a year earlier, while sales in the U.S. nosedived by 45 percent.

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    AznCracker , March 24, 2012 1:36 PM
    Who uses blackberry's anymore?
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    xjoedisorderx , March 24, 2012 1:44 PM
    75+ million people?
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    motheninja , March 24, 2012 2:27 PM
    Apple has more models than 1! The 3Gs, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S. You can still find the 3G in some locations!
  • 8 Hide
    ALANMAN , March 24, 2012 2:35 PM
    Why is this news?
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    N.Broekhuijsen , March 24, 2012 2:42 PM
    I'm so surprised.... /sarcasm.
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    ap3x , March 24, 2012 2:49 PM
    motheninjaApple has more models than 1! The 3Gs, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S. You can still find the 3G in some locations!

    You could argue that one either way. All the iPhones are 3.5 inch touch screen smart phones with the same OS across the board with App Support. RIM has different form factors and different OS types depending on the form factor and not all of them support Apps. Only few have a full touchscreen.

    I really wish RIM would get their act together and deliver something really compelling though. I went from the iPhone 3 to a BB Storm because I wanted the extension feature only they had. Missed allot of the other features that I had on my iPhone and with the addition of facetime on the iPhone 4 I ended up going back.
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    ap3x , March 24, 2012 2:54 PM

    That is one sweet phone. Hope the BB10 OS is as slick as this phone is. This could shake things up a bit.
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    captaincharisma , March 24, 2012 3:01 PM
    this makes me sad to be a canadian right now
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    _TuxUser_ , March 24, 2012 3:09 PM
    Then RIM has joined Nokia, who has the same issue since Mr Elop wrote his "Burning platform" and it seems he did use petrol to try to extinguish the fire with and now no one wants to sell Nokia Lumia cellphones in Finland.

    The only selling Nokia cellphone is the N9 (for each sold Lumia there is 3 sold N9), but that is what you would expect, as it's not running WP7.
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    the real mr b , March 24, 2012 5:23 PM
    RIM has increased their customer base by 35% last year. They made 20 billions last year and have basically no debts. BlackBerry 10 coming this year, GET READY FOR A BOUNCE BACK.

    PlayBook is like the best tablet to get right now with the lowered price(value / $) and it gained decent marketshare. A new playbook is in production.

    Let the Apple fanboys die in debts because they have to borrow every 6 months to buy the new iDevice.
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    soldier37 , March 24, 2012 5:50 PM
    xjoedisorderx75+ million people?

    ...75 million+ idiots. Get with the times its 2012 there are better phones out now...
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    Anonymous , March 24, 2012 6:33 PM
    i agree blackberry need to step up... their latest phone suck, one has 720p video but no auto focus, the other one have auto focus but vga video, also both has sucky battery (2 charge a day)

    but i still use blackberry mainly bcos i need bbm & email for work, and its more cheaper than iphone (iphone 4s is about 900$us here, and my salary is only 200$/month) :D 
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    Microgoliath , March 24, 2012 6:36 PM
    BB is huge atm in south africa, pretty much everyone has one and all advertising is targeted for BB users.
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    wardoc22 , March 24, 2012 6:39 PM

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    obsama1 , March 24, 2012 7:26 PM
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    alexdh01 , March 24, 2012 9:39 PM
    I've noticed a lot of my buddies getting iphones lately. So I guess it makes sense. I love my BB Bold. I type too many emails, I can't stand typing on the iPhone. I love my ipod touch though...too much fun jailbreaking and tweaking that.

    Not enough RAM on my blackberry. Locks up every once in a while. Then it needs to be restarted... with the worst boot time ever!
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    tacoslave , March 24, 2012 11:54 PM
    ap3xWhoa, [...] -stunning/That is one sweet phone. Hope the BB10 OS is as slick as this phone is. This could shake things up a bit.

    If the blackberry blade comes out exactly like that then thats going to be my next phone, my dell venue pro seems to be the perfect combo of touchscreen and physical keyboard.
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    jimoreon , March 25, 2012 9:04 AM
    we can say that iPhone outsells BlackBerry, but this not the end for RIM, as you keep innovative for the next following years, you still got your loyal customers :) 
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    MrSmitty81 , March 25, 2012 9:39 AM
    Business users still will go with the blackberry. Its whole platform is designed for business users where as IPhones are designed for personal use.
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    sync_nine , March 25, 2012 2:50 PM
    Now this blackberry looks awesome (although i'm a WP7 owner)
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