Nielsenwire’s U.S. smartphone recent purchase and overall marketshare data provides a couple of clear messages.
– RIM and its BlackBerry phones are in big trouble. Recent acquistion share is down from 35% in June 2010 to 19.2% in November 2010. Overall marketshare is down from 33.9% to 26.1% in the same time frame. Statistical margin of error or not, BlackBerry phone sales look destined to drop enough to be the clear #3 in the U.S. very soon.
Apple’s flat iPhone trend in both overall marketshare and new acquisitions is most likely due to the iPhone being tied to AT&T’s network while Android (with its clear growth trends) is one all four of the big four U.S. mobile carriers. Once again, the message looks clear for Apple: Get the iPhone available from more carriers or become a minor smartphone platform player in the long run.