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Can the BlackBerry 8350i help save Sprint-Nextel?

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One of the surprises of CTIA last week was the stealth announcement of the Sprint-Nextel BlackBerry 8350i for their oft-neglected iDEN network — if I remember correctly, the last iDEN BlackBerry was the 7100i (ugh). One of the major reasons Sprint has been hemorrhaging subscribers recently is a lack of quality devices, and the release of a sleek BlackBerry to satisfy their nearly 10 million iDEN subscribers could help stop the bleeding.

However, analyst Craig Moffett of Sanford C. Bernstein doesn’t share my rosy outlook, mostly because of the current economic and wireless climate: in short, wireless subscriber growth is slowing, which doesn’t bode well for Sprint-Nextel picking up lost ground. Here’s a question: would anyone jump to Nextel because of the BlackBerry 8350i?

(via CN)

RIM takes bigger slice of smartphone pie, raises market share to 17.4%

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BlackBerry PieGreat news for RIM came from technology analyst Gartner today, who are reporting that RIM has raised their smartphone market share to 17.4 percent, roughly double last year’s numbers. In addition, RIM sold 5.6 million smartphones from April to June, far surpasing the 2.5 million sold during this period last year. Where is all this growth coming from? RIM’s newfound consumer demographic.

“RIM continued to execute well at the consumer level, increasing its global market reach,” Gartner analyst Roberta Cozza said in a statement.

(via Reuters)

Click here to see the rest of Gartner’s smartphone report

UMA adoption low

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Sad faceA recent report from Analysys is claiming that European adoption of dual-mode UMA handsets, like the BlackBerry 8820 or the upcoming BlackBerry 8120, is low due to complicated set-up and relative ease of implementing separate land-line and mobile services. UMA handoff, which lets your Wi-Fi pick up voice traffic from your mobile when you’re in range, has been equated to fixed-mobile convergence in general, but this report argues that bundled pricing and shared marketing for mobile and fixed voice services is a more effective way of bringing the two technologies together.

Linux to frag smartphone OS competition for next five years

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Linux A recent ABI Research report is forecasting huge progress for Linux as the OS of choice for smartphones, claiming 31% of smartphones will be running it by 2012 thanks to a compound annual growth rate of 74%. Both Nokia and Palm have been flirting with Linux adoption for awhile. In fact, being more of an open product was one of the key changes Palm needed to embrace, according to a certain open letter. The report just goes to show that doing so early will get them on board with developers. Now, the BlackBerry’s fairly closed in terms of its OS and odds are it’s going to stay that way. How much of a lead could open source adoption give Palm over RIM?

RIM forecasted for $275 target price

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WeathermanThe National Post is reporting that financial analysts are pitching RIM’s stock is set to hit the $275 ballpark in the next six to ten months. Considering it was sitting at around $68.58 one short year ago, that’s quite the forecast. RIM’s been keeping momentum up on the stock market however, with analysts Sera Kim and Adam Low predicting a doubling of BlackBerry users to 23 million by the end of the 2009 fiscal year. There’s plenty of new devices to look forward to, and an ever-growing smartphone market willing to gobble them up. Are there any game-changers on the radar for the next six to ten months that could throw a wrench into these predictions?

Nokia tops smartphone manufacturers, leaves RIM in third

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NokiaABI’s fed the big companies into its newfangled Vendor Matrix, which one imagines as some giant machine that churns and bubbles and whizzes and clunks along until it dings a little bell and spits out a result, and has put Nokia at the top, with Motorola in second and RIM in third. After listening to a friend in the UK gushing about his new Nokia N95 this morning, it’s no surprise that Nokia’s on top. Criteria for ranking is based on performance in innovation and implementation of products.

In terms of implementation, Nokia has captured 56% of the global smartphone market, which is where they’ve really succeeded since RIM, Motorola and Sony Ericsson have all matched Nokia’s innovation score. While these reports need to be taken with a grain of salt, ABI’s standards are fairly comprehensive.
Check the criteria behind the jump.