BlackBerry Curve Outselling iPhone 3G in Q1 2009

CNET is reporting that, according to research published by NPD Group, RIM’s BlackBerry Curve outsold the iPhone 3G in the first quarter of 2009. And while most of you will likely sigh a great sigh of “who cares,” we think it’s interesting to see the leaders and just how close the smartphone race is.

What’s really interesting here is to examine what pushed RIM over the top. According to NPD, it was a “buy one get one free” deal from Verizon.

The ranking is currently as follows. And yes, our friend the T-Mobile G1 (aka Google phone) is in the top five:

  1. RIM BlackBerry Curve (all 83XX models)
  2. Apple iPhone 3G (all models)
  3. RIM BlackBerry Storm
  4. RIM BlackBerry Pearl (all models, except flip)
  5. T-Mobile G1

Of course John Gruber has his own opinion about Apple’s plans for the iPhone. Essentially Gruber believes that Apple will take the same course of action with the iPhone as they took with the iPod line, i.e. multiple models at the high and low end of the spectrum. This may also include expansion of the iPhone to other carriers.

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