The company leader also downplayed the importance of touchscreen-only phones. While it’s important to give customers what they want, touch-only phones (like the iPhone) aren’t as popular anymore, Lazaridis argued. He claimed that most of the people who bought touchscreen-only phones in the past two years were going back to phones with hardware QWERTY keyboards, […]
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I Want Some of What Blackberry’s CEO Is Smoking

The company leader also downplayed the importance of touchscreen-only phones. While it’s important to give customers what they want, touch-only phones (like the iPhone) aren’t as popular anymore, Lazaridis argued. He claimed that most of the people who bought touchscreen-only phones in the past two years were going back to phones with hardware QWERTY keyboards, whether touch-enabled or otherwise. It’s those keyboards that made RIM "famous," he said.

That’s a statement attributed to RIM’s Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis in a recent report at Electonista.

I’d say whatever he’s got in his pipe is good stuff.  Every recent report I can recall seeing on smartphone market share shows only two platforms gaining – iPhone and Android.  Blackberry also generally appears as a tiny, insignificant blip in any charts showing mobile browser usage, and mobile apps share.  Nowhere even remotely close to the iPhone platform. 

What his statement most reminds me of is the classic bit of come-back-to-haunt-you trash talk offered up by one of Palm’s lead investors last year:

You know the beautiful thing: June 29, 2009, is the two- year anniversary of the first shipment of the iPhone, ‘ McNamee told Bloomberg today. ‘Not one of those people will still be using an iPhone a month later. ‘

I think Lazaridis’ words may prove just about as accurate as McNamee’s, which really isn’t a good neighborhood to be in. 🙂

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