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BlackBerry widens lead on iPhone in business

updated 04:00 pm EDT, Wed June 4, 2008

Biz Phone Study May 2008

Regardless of Apple's plans to add business features to the iPhone, Research in Motion is and will continue to extend its lead in business phones, according to a new ChangeWave study. An examination of more than 2,000 corporate IT spenders has about 76 percent of all businesses opting for BlackBerries in May, up three percent from the last time the study took place in February; Palm was second place at 17 percent with other competitors filing in the remaining seven percent.

The situation changes with anticipated summer purchases but still extends the BlackBerry's lead. Demand for Canadian smartphones has jumped five percent to 82 percent; the iPhone is continuing to build momentum and is a planned purchase for the businesses of as many as 13 percent of respondents, up two percent from a study three months earlier. Palm is continuing to languish in the high-end space and remains flat in demand at just 8 percent of the group.

All three companies are readying major smartphone updates in the summer, with Apple launching a 3G-capable iPhone as well as Microsoft Exchange support to all models, RIM launching its announced BlackBerry Bold, and Palm planning at least the Treo 800w for Sprint and Verizon in the US.



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  1. gudin

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    hmmm

    wouldn't you think it has something to do with the fact the iPhone 2.0 with all of it's enterprise/business capabilities isn't out yet? Nah. That COULDN'T be it.

  1. dliup

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    Retarded

    Retarded researchers who have no clue on iPhone availability. Note that even if you want to buy iPhones, it's impossible to buy them in the month of May of 2008 due to lack of inventory.

  1. broohaha22

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    not retarded

    No need to get all snippy (and defensive)! They're merely stating the results of their study with little interpretation on the motives of the buyers.

    Btw, it was very possible to buy my wife an iPhone for her birthday back in May. Particularly at AT&T retail locations (and a call to two Apple stores in the Chicago area also confirmed availability). Granted, this was not a not business purchase, but still they were not so scarce as to make them "impossible" to find.

  1. dliup

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    lack of inventory

    Lack of inventory has been a documented problem for most Apple Stores for months, happening even before the story was published:
    http://xicons.macnn.com/articles/08/03/25/new.york.lacks.iphones/

    AT&T stores change their policy frequently and required credit check the last time I tried to buy. Thus I don't check their stock.

  1. bp2k7

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    makes sense

    Many of us like to have a physical keyboard, which no matter how much I like the iPhone, will prevent me from getting one for the workplace. You'd be surprised how much of our nation is controlled by people typing on their BlackBerries while walking through the halls of Congress.

  1. luckyday

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    Captain retards

    You guys have to got to be kidding about this inventory shortage. You sound like a bunch of idiots. You don't think if a company wanted an iphone for their employees they would hold of? Reegardless, the fact that the apple doesnt have inventory is a pretty big reason for a lack of business contracts in the first place. What kind of company doesn't have product? Thats really reliable. Perfect for businesses.

    "Uh oh! We hired a new employee today but we can't get you a phone! There aren't any." Ya, that sounds pretty good.

    Jokers. Iphone is not a business phone. Get over it.

  1. lurkerdude

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    hmm

    The iPhone is a year old. How do you extend a lead over something that had a 0% share a year ago?

    I'm sure taking samples at quarterly intervals is useful for a real race, but I question how useful it can be when you're talking about a product that only recently came into existence.

    Anyway, putting the iPhone the "business phone" category is a real stretch.

  1. Guest

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    Funny Stuff!

    The iPhone was introduced as a "personal" phone... I don't think Apple had any real aspirations about competing with Blackberry, the public just started using it.... Now with the new functions coming in 2.0 maybe Apple will start trying to compete with BB... But it is funny that BB is claiming victory over a 1st gen. "personal" smart phone!!! Their 1st gen. phone probably didn't sell even close to Apples numbers...

  1. luckyday

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    Can you read?

    Please show me where in the article it says Blackberry is claiming victory?

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