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RIM Ranks in 3rd Place in Top Smartphone Vendors in Q4

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The IDC released their latest Mobile Phone Tracker numbers this week and while it looks like RIM is growing their competition is really starting to catch up quick. For the whole of 2010 the IDC still has RIM in 2nd place after Nokia and almost neck in neck with Apple but RIM’s market share shrunk from almost 20% in 2009 to 16.1% in 2010 while Apple went from 14.5 to 15.7%.

IDC Smartphone Tracker

On the other hand when you look at the IDC report for Q4 2010 we have RIM dropping to third place in the top smartphone vendors chart. The chart has RIM with 14.5% market share in Q4 with 14.6 million units sold though they are still seeing consistent growth. IDC claims this is coming from international markets.

Personally I think RIM is seeing the numbers and while they are growing they are falling behind in market share as the smartphone market grows. I think they are hoping that the new line of BlackBerrys coming in 2011 will reverse this trend. I am curious to see how RIM executes on it since 2011 could be either a defining or a declining year for RIM. The PlayBook ramp up to launch has them off to a good start and they really need to get these rumored smartphone updates out SOON!

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  1. Well.. tell me something new..

  2. Its still good to see! We know that they have lost market share in the North American market, but have grown internationally.

  3. Im glad to see that they are still in it. It shows me that even though they are declining fast here in North America, that they are still near the top. Shows how much the dominated.

  4. Its still very impressive

  5. Long live blackberry!!

  6. RIM is definitely falling behind but with the acquisition of QNX and the eventual total overhaul of the smartphone OS, RIM will easily compete with and possibly dominate the market again.

  7. Hmm..Yes they are ranked at 3rd, but look at their Year-over-growth. Second last in both graphs. I think the phones coming out will help, but I’ll be honest, it will take a lot to catch up with Samsung and HTC. They’ve put out some snazzy phones. Come on RIM!

  8. At the end of the day it really comes down to the fact that there are only three major competing operating systems: RIM, android, and iOS. Windows and Palm aren’t even worth the bother. That said, i think RIM should reconsider its strategy because while I am a big fan of blackberry, i still want to have the best product out there without having to feel uneasy when a friend whips out an iPhone or an android device.

  9. Tango, there is no uneasy feeling when you ask them how BBM, Push email and battery are!

  10. Nokia??? rely???

  11. DaSaint, Nokia has been TOP DOG for a long time.

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