Blackberry Slays iPhone in First Quarter Sales

iPhone not the best selling smart phone after all

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Apparently your iPhone is not the coolest way to take a picture and post it to your Facebook account.

    Apparently iPhone is not as cool as everyone thought it was.

    Research In Motion Ltd. threw Apple a curveball in the smart phone game because thier BlackBerry Curve outsold Apple's iPhone in the first quarter, according to market researchers at The NPD Group.

    For one stretch last year, Apple said it sold more iPhones than RIM, the longtime market leader, sold BlackBerrys.

    But in the first three months of this year, the Curve benefited from its widespread availability, since it is sold by all four major U.S. wireless carriers, while the iPhone is available only through AT&T Inc. A buy-one-get-one-free promotion by Verizon Wireless also helped the Curve, NPD analyst Ross Rubin said.

    Ah that makes sense. They resorted to cheating to slay the giant. That means I can go back to using Notes to write the rest of this story. You will excuse any typos won't you? My iPhone does not have spell check yet.

    The iPhone slipped to No. 2, while RIM's touch-screen BlackBerry Storm — also available through Verizon Wireless — came in third.

    NPD did not release sales numbers along with the rankings, saying those expanded figures are only provided to clients.

    Apple doesn't say how many iPhones it has sold, but the company said it shipped wireless carriers a total of 3.8 million iPhones during its fiscal second quarter, which ended March 28. RIM shipped 7.8 million BlackBerrys during its fiscal fourth quarter, which ended Feb. 28.

    NPD estimated that RIM snagged almost 50 percent of the U.S. smart phone market in the first quarter, up 15 percent from the fourth quarter of 2008. It believes that Apple and Treo maker Palm Inc. both saw their share of the smart phone market drop 10 percent during that time.

    RIM declined to comment. Of course they did. An Apple spokesman did not immediately return a call seeking comment.