Market Position of Blackberry 2009
The BlackBerry is a wireless handheld device introduced in 1999 as a two-way pager. In 2002, the more commonly known smartphone, BlackBerry was released, which supports push e-mail, mobile telephone, text messaging, internet faxing, web browsing and other wireless information services. It is an example of a convergent device. Developed by the Canadian company Research In Motion (RIM), it delivers information over the wireless data networks of mobile phone service companies. BlackBerry first made headway in the marketplace by concentrating on e-mail. On 25 Sep 2008, RIM announced the number of BlackBerry subscribers has reached approximately 19 million. The success of the brand was because of one core factor and that is that the company was able to identify a genuine target customer need in the form of requirement for accessing emails while being on the move. Corporate executives generally have to travel a lot and therefore they value highly the idea of remaining “connected’ at all times. Blackberry capitalized on this very need and provided a platform to individuals and corporate to help the executives remain connected. Blackberry’s positioning has always been as an business executive phone. The design of the product, the incorporated feature, marketing communications have also reflected this positioning. This positioning helped the company to carve out a niche for itself and avoid any direct conflict with any other mobile handset player.
The Changed Scenario
Blackberry first with the “Pearl” and now with the “Storm” is attempting a change in positioning and moving more towards the “Lifestyle segment” space. This can prove counterproductive for the company because it directly places it in competition with Nokia , LG, Samsung and Apple I phone. In fact the storm is being actively compared to models like N95, LG Viewty, and Apple iphone. This situation can only work against blackberry and in favour of Apple…. Apple...
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