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Old 11-29-2005, 09:33 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Could you help me speculate why sales for BB applications are going down for the last few months?
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I would think it's because of all the competition now, people have a choice.
Like the Audiovox & HP iPAQ running Windows.

But the BB 8700r will blow them away I'm sure!
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So you are saying that the device sales are going down hill as well?
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So you are saying that the device sales are going down hill as well?
Oh you meant all handheld device sales are going down? I didn't know that. I thought you just meant BB's.

And I don't think BB sales are going down, but if they are I'm assuming it's becuase of the competition, not the BB's themself.
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I was originally asking regarding to software/applications that can be bought for the bb.
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Old 11-29-2005, 01:25 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I'm trying to figure out how someone would know whether sales for applications specific to the blackberry are going down? Daph, not to discredit you or anything, but is there somewhere that says that BB app sales are dropping?

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Could you help me speculate why sales for BB applications are going down for the last few months?
That's news to me. While true for specific applications, overall sales of BlackBerry applications appear to be going up on a quarter-to-quarter basis.

Example. Company X sales are down 50% because competitor Company Y is selling 400% more applications. It all averages out to a net gain. Things like this are happening everywhere in the industry.

Where did you come to the conclusion that overall BlackBerry software sales are going down, other than a normal week-by-week fluctuation?
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Could you help me speculate why sales for BB applications are going down for the last few months?
I find this difficult to believe given the increases in the number of devices being sold.

If it is happening, I suspect that its because the increased functionality of the devices is eliminating the need for certain types of aftermarket applications -- e.g., better browsing capability means fewer people are going to buy a browser app; the ability to maintain BES and BIS accounts on the same device means fewer people are going to buy an Internet email app. Maybe that's what happened to Reqwireless -- the devices' capabilities overtook their market niches?
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Maybe that's what happened to Reqwireless -- the devices' capabilities overtook their market niches?
Bingo. Nail on the head. Reqwireless definitely lost out. They got Microsofted out of the market.

But this deficiency is more than made up for other applications. Look at all the BlackBerryForums software sponsors this site has now -- and many of them have announced amazing sales growth.

Also, BlackBerry is becoming somewhat more mainstream than it used to be. Historically, BlackBerry software prices have been extremely high. Prices have been falling with many vendors. It is possible that less people willing to pay high prices for expensive software that's increasingly being competed by lower priced alternatives, thus one company XYZ Inc. falls and another company ABC Inc. goes way up. Companies must be smart to adapt to the changing BlackBerry market.
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