RIM dethrones Apple as US BlackBerry sales in Q1 soar

By on May 4, 2009 at 4:06 PM.

RIM dethrones Apple as US BlackBerry sales in Q1 soar

While RIM’s next-generation handsets such as the Bold, Storm and Curve 8900 are already flooding the marketplace — and a new wave including the Tour and Curve 8520 are on the horizon — it looks like RIM’s bread and butter is still the trusty old Curve 83xx series. According to recent analysis by The NPD Group, the BlackBerry Curve was America’s best selling smartphone in Q1 of 2009. It steals the title from the iPhone of course, as sales slow from its incredible pace last year. The NPD Group cites aggressive promotions such as Verizon’s popular BOGO offers as the catalyst behind the surge. Here are the top five smartphones in America this past quarter:

  1. RIM BlackBerry Curve (all 83XX models)
  2. Apple iPhone 3G (all models)
  3. RIM BlackBerry Storm
  4. RIM BlackBerry Pearl (all models, except flip)
  5. T-Mobile G1

RIM, holding three of the top five slots, shipped an astounding 7.8 million BlackBerry handsets in its last reported quarter (Dec 08 – Feb 09) so this hardly comes as a surprise. With several new BlackBerry models on the horizon and at least one new iPhone model due out this Summer, things are definitely starting to heat up in the US smartphone space.

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BlackBerry Gemini 8325 live picture

By on March 17, 2009 at 1:53 AM.

BlackBerry Gemini 8325 live picture

Sorry it’s not the greatest picture in the world, but at least we can put a face to the specs and info. We dropped word of the BlackBerry Gemini a while back, and it looks to be cross between an 8300 and an 8900. Ugh, the madness never stops. Then again, did you really expect something different for an “updated BlackBerry Curve?” Here’s the information we published earlier:

  • OS 5.0
  • 320×240 resolution screen
  • QWERTY (really?)
  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE
  • Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n (again, not too sure on the n part)
  • 2.0 megapixel camera

Again, really not too much here, just a pretty face. Yes, it’s pretty. And hey, there’s one thing we know… it’s not Photoshopped. Not laughing? Oh whatever.

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What’s your name?

By on February 10, 2009 at 12:30 AM.

What’s your name?

Okay, we’ve got to have a little chat here about the BlackBerry 9300 which we referred to as the “Gemini.” Indeed there was some confusion on our part (yes, we made a boo-boo and we mistakenly referred to the BlackBerry 9300 as the “Gemini”. It is not the Gemini. The Gemini is apparently the codename for the BlackBerry 8325, a T-Mobile GSM/EDGE device with OS 5.0, a 320×240 display, 2 megapixel camera, and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n (they’re going to put 802.11n on a crap device?). It was slated to come out in September of this year but with 8900 Curve about to hit up T-Mobile we’d think it pretty stupid of RIM to release it, especially since it’s got some less than desirable specs. With all of this said, we can assure you that the device we were talking about is indeed real. Thanks to all of our readers for the support, and for everyone else, back to your regularly scheduled bitchfest…

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