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BlackBerry handsets are nearly extinct

January 27th, 2014 at 9:42 AM
BlackBerry Market Share Collapse

Want an illustration of what an epic flop BlackBerry 10 has been? Then you need look no further than the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel showing that BlackBerry’s market share has experienced a Hindenburg-style crash over the past year despite the release of its BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 flagship phones.

In the United States, Kantar found that BlackBerry’s market share has fallen from 0.9% to 0.4% over the past year. In the five biggest European markets — the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy and Spain — BlackBerry’s market share fell from 3.7% to 1.5% over the past year.

Even more ominously, BlackBerry’s market share in Lain America’s three biggest markets of Brazil, Argentina and Mexico fell all the way from 10.3% in the fourth quarter of 2012 to just 2.8% in Q4 2013. This is particularly bad news because sales in emerging markets have been one of BlackBerry’s biggest success stories over the past couple of years.

BlackBerry’s tailspin has coincided with the rise of Windows Phone, whose market share has climbed from 2.4% to 4.3% in the U.S., from 5.6% to 10.3% in the big five European markets and from 3% to 5.2% in Australia. The one area where Windows Phone did not show gains in Kantar’s latest report was in Latin America’s three biggest markets, where its share shrunk from 6.8% in Q4 2012 to 4.9% in Q4 2013.

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