Gartner: Blackberry Top Selling PDA

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Research In Motion Ltd. secured top spot in the global market for small, handheld computers last year, despite the lingering threat that its BlackBerry service could be shut down in the United States over a patent dispute. RIM held 21.4 per cent of the market for personal digital assistants in 2005 as its sales soared 47 per cent from a year earlier, according to a report from Gartner Inc.

RIM’s growth outpaced the overall market, which expanded by 19 per cent, the research firm said.

“RIM does not appear to be losing much momentum despite its legal problems and the threat of an injunction,” said Todd Kort, an analyst at Gartner.

Global sales of PDAs hit a record 14.9 million last year, with RIM racking up sales of 3.2 million. “Generally, BlackBerry users are staying put because of the high cost of switching, lack of suitable alternative devices, and the low probability of BlackBerry service being shut down,” Mr. Kort said. RIM (TSX) rose 46 cents to $79.45. AFP