BlackBerry trade-ins on the rise

Apple's new iPhone 4S may have some owners of RIM's phone ready to jump ship, one company says.

By Kim Peterson Oct 26, 2011 2:53PM
The recent launch of the iPhone 4S appears to have triggered an unusually high number of BlackBerry trade-ins.

Gadget recycling service Gazelle says the number of BlackBerry users looking to ditch their phones has spiked 80% since last week, Cnet reports.

Apple's (AAPL) new phone contributed to the sudden urge to purge. But the recent outage of the BlackBerry email and messaging systems probably didn't help either.

This is "easily the highest volume of BlackBerry trades ever seen, period," an executive at Gazelle told Cnet. He thinks the high volume is entirely due to the new iPhone 4S. Android trade-ins rose 72% in the same period, he added.

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Apple sold at least 4 million iPhone 4S units in the first weekend after it debuted on Oct. 14. That's more than twice what Apple sold in the initial launch period for the iPhone 4. The new phone launched in North America, Australia, Japan and parts of Europe, and Apple is expanding it to 22 more countries later this month.

Meanwhile, the headaches mount for BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (RIMM). The company is facing a proposed class-action lawsuit for the recent outage that spanned several parts of the globe. Additionally, RIM has delayed a software update for its struggling PlayBook tablet computer until February.

Oct 26, 2011 3:53PM
I've liked my Backberry and still do.  It has the best security and best cost efficiency if you go overseas.  I wish RIM would get off their duff and do something to reward their loyal customers with new models that compete with iphone.
Oct 26, 2011 5:58PM
At one time, Blackberrys were ahead of their time.  They were one of the first "smart" phones and they allowed the business professional to take his office on the road.  However, they failed to keep up with the world, and are now paying the price for it.  Yes, the business community still has a soft spot for them, and yes many people still swear by them; but the truth of the matter is, in the consumer world, the world of the everyday people, Blackberry is not nearly as relevant as they should be.  I had a Blackberry pearl a few years back.  When I first got it, I thought it was the greatest thing in the world.  A phone that could kind of sort of surf the net and handle my emails!  I was in heaven.  Then it started crashing every other week.  EVERYONE who's owned a Blackberry is aware of the "battery pull" situation - you know, when the phone freezes and all you can do is pull the battery?  That was annoying.  Then the trackball would collect dust and be unusable until you cleaned it.  And of course, the web browser was limited.  When the iphone came out and started a whole new generation of smartphones, RIM chose to stick their head in the sand and ignore the change.  Some of their newer product is better, but they still lag behind in terms of user friendliness ease of operation.  Numbers don't lie - and what the sales numbers prove is that Blackberrys just aren't important to the average consumer.  There will always be Blackberry loyalists, but then again, there were always people buying Oldsmobiles and VCR's until their dying days also.
Oct 26, 2011 3:30PM
I shall miss my blackberry, but I will learn to live without its always behind the times phone offerings
Oct 26, 2011 3:47PM
If you travel abroad you still have to have BB. Iphone costs a fortune.
Oct 26, 2011 4:50PM
OK, I am a huge BlackBerry fan and have been for years but I cannot totally argue with you iphone lovers.  However, everything related to Apple is so proprietary, they hold you hostage to using itunes for EVERYTHING and I hate that.  They come out with new phones so often and expect you to buy the newest phone just because it adds 1 or 2 small details that Apple "claims" makes the phone better.  All the while they are laughing with their billions of dollars because Apple fans are brainwashed into their system.  I have an ipad2 and I hate it.  I went out and bought a Playbook and for business the Playbook is better hands down.  If you want a toy that constantly has you tethered to another computer so you can get updates, then buy into Apple.  Blackberry (RIM) has some problems sure, but they have made a ton of management changes and are getting things back on track. I would go back to a feature phone before I would buy an iphone.
Oct 26, 2011 3:49PM
Apple is far superior in applications available to the user. Far less superior in clarity. I have been a Blackberry user primarily for business use and now a user of the new Playbook tablet. My wife uses the iPhone 4 and all I have to say is; carry a charger and great insurance with you at all times. I would also suggest handling the phone with extreme care. Battery life on that phone is awful, and the durability isn't worth the price/headache. I could all of my BB's against a wall and it would still function. In fact, I accidentally ran over it with my car in the parking garage after falling out and still functioned. People may use the word dinosaur to describe them, but probably because of its durability :) Good luck Apple users, I'll stay with my dinosaur.
Oct 26, 2011 4:30PM

I have the Blackberry Torch and I hate it.  This is my second Blackberry that I've had in the past 4 years.  My phone constantly freezes which has become a major pain.  I've had to the take the phone back and swap it out a few times.  It still does the same thing.  Want to swap but not sure what I want to go to.

Oct 26, 2011 4:54PM
I am, also on my second Blackberry phone. I love it. There may be apps out there for the Iphone but games aren't what I use a phone for. There are far more productivity tools for the blackberry than the iphone.
I used to have a Blackberry and I thought it was the greatest cell phone/email gadget in the world. I simply couldn't live without it. Then my wife and kids bought me an iPhone 4 and I quickly learned what a dinosaur my old Blackberry really was. I can't even imagine if someone took my iPhone away from me and replaced it with the newest model Blackberry has to offer!
Oct 26, 2011 7:47PM
I have a BB Bold 9900, love this thing to death. When I wanted to upgrade from the 9000 I was thinking about Galaxy SII, I waited over 8 months after my contract was up for the Galaxy SII. Unfortunately my carrier wasn't offering the Galaxy SII. So I waited for the new bold instead. I wasn't even thinking of the iPhone. I hate the fact that you have to use iTunes to do anything. You can argue whatever about the iPhone technology. It's good but Android is as good or better. What's my point? At least I looked outside of RIM, iPhone was out fir ne because you have to use their services to do anything. They might have millions of apps but who can use all of them?
Android phones offer more variety. I love the look of the Razr and Galaxy Nexus.
If iPhone users like the way it operates good for them. They must also like one brand of car, one chain grocery store to buy food, one type of job, one type of clothing. Namely blue jeans and black turtle neck.

The BB Bold 9900 is the best for me. It plays games, music, videos, takes pictures. Has voice activated options. I can use their push email, use a service called BBM and many other stuff. It has a touch screen

Kinda like an iPhone. Apple is about marketing. They can probably market a patch of grass and people will flock to it.

Oct 26, 2011 6:10PM

I have a BB Tour and now after two years I am considering something else.


My BB has now lost its ringer for some reason.


It may be the last straw.


Droid is looking good,or may be one of those kids phones the IP 4s ?


I will take a hard look at my choices this week.

Oct 26, 2011 6:41PM

The iphone is overrated. I did own one  and returned it for my BB Torch. I love the Torch.   The bells and whistles of an iphone are for others, can't say I use them personally, esp the games.   And typing on the touchscreen is a real pain, did not want to go through the learning curve for that when I have the best of both worlds with the Torch, a touchscreen and a physical keyboard!  Apple gets a 10 for marketing, RIM does need to keep up with the world with their phones but their operating system is very good!

Oct 26, 2011 4:55PM
Oh and one more thing to add to my post below.  The new Blackberry 9900 has more tech features than the new iphone 4s.  So while you are calling Blackberry's dinosaurs, they made a huge leap forward with their newest phone.  Apple didn't include these features in their newest phone (and they are supposedly so cutting edge) yet they are using a "smoke and mirrors" approach talking up Siri in place of real hardware upgrades??  Give me a break!!
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