Blackberry wins over iPhone in India
MUMBAI: The world's largest technology giant â€?Apple' has lost its smartphone market to Blackberry makers Research in Motion (RIM).
Apple faces problems to sell iPhone with 602 million active subscribers in the Indian market. The company has shipped 62,043 iPhone to India in the quarter ending 30 June, whereas, RIM and Nokia has sold more handsets due to the right product, timing and app, according to research estimated by IDC.
Apple detailed for 2.6 percent of India's smartphone shipments in the quarter end dragging RIM's 15 percent, Samsung Electronics' 21 percent and Nokia's 46 percent.
Toronto Scotia Capital analyst Gus Papageorgiou said, Sales for Apple by market value was blocked as Indian wireless carriers, which started third-generation networks (3G) this year, have yet to offer nationwide services fast enough to take advantage of iPhone features....
RIM's BlackBerry Messenger instant-messaging service is popular because it was one of the first, and it functions well on networks generation behind the speeds offered in the US and Europe,... he stated.
RIM India marketing director Krishnadeep Baruah said, RIM, which entered India in 2004, plans to extend its lead over Apple after expanding distribution to 80 cities from 15 starting last year. We want to ride this wave. This is really the time to expand into the emerging towns and cities....
The smartphone shipments in India are forecasted to grow almost 70 percent a year until 2015, aiding to ease their market- share losses in US and Europe. According to IDC, Apple the world's largest maker of tablet computers also shipped about 21,150 iPads to India in the same period, or 0.2 percent of its global total.