Originally Posted by Dueces
I see Verizon Blackberry Storm commercials all the time and Sprint Blackberry commercials every once in a blue moon.
On the flip side 90% of iphone commercials I see are by Apple and not by ATT.
This is one thing that Apple required with their exclusivity that Verizon wasn't going to go for. Most, if not all, cellphones are marketed by the carrier in the US, but Apple wanted to control this themselves. I think even the in-store marketing is supplied by Apple.
Yes the iphone is in ONE carrier in the US, but the iphone is sold in 3x as many markets as all Blackberries combined, don't take that fact lightly because it is a scorcher.
Is it really 3x as many markets? Do you refer to a market as a country? Would also say that the iPhone has 3x as many potential customers when you add up every account on every carrier that each company sells their devices? I don't think that would be true. How about when we adjust for price variances since RiM sells plenty of <$100 Blackberries.
Saying a market is a country is disingenuous to prove that the iPhone should have 3x as many sales. For instance the Cameroon market consists of 4.5M cell phone users according to the CIA World Fact Book. When you consider how many are on their Orang e network and how many are potential smartphone users the number drops significantly. Then you have populace countries like India where both the BB and iPhone are sold but the BB is sold for all carriers while the iPhone only for Vodaphone. All these factors make a difference in potential sales. This doesn't nullify RIM achievement but it should put it into some perspective.
The Storm-flop? I think you better check the stats, the Storm did VERY well for Verizon.
What are the stats? Last I saw they had a quick upswell, as one would expect, with a 50% return rate within the first month. Of course, that was with the initial firmware, how have things changes since the updates. It can be hard to change a bad first impression and until they get rid of their touchscreen type I don't think that will change regardless of how good the firmware is.