Byebye BB?

This has been doing the rounds all over the internet since it came out last week, but it needs to be here too, just in case anyone missed it:
Gizmodo’s Ten Reasons Why BlackBerry Is Screwed.

While BB came out as the coolest brand amongst the youth in South Africa in the recent Sunday Times Generation Y survey, it seems that the South African Youth is sadly not really in touch with reality (who’d have believed it?). While BB holds the lion’s share of the smartphone market in SA, it’s all beginning to unravel worldwide.

A lack of new products, a lack of innovation, a particularly pathetic tablet offering, a lack of decent apps and some strong competition from Android and Apple that RIM seem to have no answer to and it really looks like they could be headed the same way as Nokia.
As the article points out, when BB are losing their stronghold on the corporate market, something is obviously going very wrong.

As for the stat that more than 50% of all current BB users want to change to a different smartphone platform on their next upgrade, I can well believe it: exactly 100% of the current BB users in this household would rather be on anything other than her BB.

10 thoughts on “Byebye BB?

  1. Mrs Orange doesn’t mind hers. But then again, she’s not exactly using much more of it than BBM, and at least that has worked so far…

  2. Mrs 6000 > I’d heard so.

    Stan > Nothing is wrong with Nokia, per se, but they are struggling to stay in touch in the smartphone arena.

    Gary > It’s the killer app (/service), as we reported previously.

  3. Emil > That’s because you’re not a youth. If you were a youth, you’d be marvelling at BBM, not trying to deduce which bits of your browsing are “free”.

  4. I have a work BB and am really hoping to get an upgrade soon. Besides the fact that most of the cool stuff is locked (I can’t even forward calls!), there is no camera and the battery only lasts about 2 days after charging, we are having huge problems with our RIM server! Sometimes I get emails 3 days late!

    All new staff members are getting an iPhone 4!

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