Forbes.com reported yesterday that, despite high hopes from RIM, sales of their BlackBerry 8700 have been disappointing and in the wake of strong competition in the smartphone market. Forbes.com stated that of all RIM’s service provider channels, BlackBerry sales appeared to only have improved at T-Mobile in April after the launch of the BlackBerry 8700.
However, these strong sales of the 8700 at T-Mobile were offset by strong sales of Taiwan-based High Tech Computer’s 8125 pocket computer.
The popularity of HTC’s 8125 has cut into sales of the BlackBerry 8700 at Cingular stores. Financial analysts from Piper Jaffray are reporting that several Cingular store managers claim that the HTC 8125 was sold out due to strong demand, while some stores said the device would sell out within a day or two of receiving shipments.
At Verizon, RIM is in tough against Palm’s Treo 700w, which outsold the BlackBerry 8700 in April. This is most likely due to the fact that Verizon has exclusive rights on the Treo 700w and were pushing it a lot more than the Blackberry 8700. Regardless, we’re sure RIM isn’t too happy about it.