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Consumer Intelligence Research Partners' recently released mobile phone results point a stark picture for BlackBerry's (NASDAQ: BBRY  ) market share in the U.S. In short, the results point toward zero market share. Of course, BlackBerry sold phones in this quarter, but not enough to register on this particular study.

However, it hasn't been all bad for the former tech darling. BlackBerry shares are up nearly 40% since John Chen took over the helm, mostly on the back of Chen's vision and U.S. Defense Information System's approval to be used by the Department of Defense -- and up nearly 20% year to date. BlackBerry also stated that they are not giving up on the consumer market yet, but is the handset business essentially worthless?

There were winners in this report, however, and Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) appears to be the clear winner. The release of the iPhone 5s and 5c vaulted iOS above Google's Android OS. Apple can't rest on its laurels with Samsung rumored to be working on the next iteration of their wildly successful flagship phone line, the Galaxy S5

In this video, Jamal Carnette talks smartphone market share with Evan Niu, CFA.

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  • Report this Comment On February 03, 2014, at 2:35 PM, cbglobal wrote:

    How can the market share be zero when 98% of the phones used by the US government alone are Blackberries?

    There is a place where market share is really zero. No phone carrier support the iPhone in Russia.

  • Report this Comment On February 03, 2014, at 2:39 PM, TMFJCar wrote:

    Hey cbglobal--

    "Of course, BlackBerry sold phones in this quarter, but not enough to register on this particular study."

    Here's the report:


    Jamal Carnette -- the author

  • Report this Comment On February 03, 2014, at 3:48 PM, cbglobal wrote:

    Right. "Consumer" survey. They do not count phones sold to business and government. Thanks for proving my point.

  • Report this Comment On February 03, 2014, at 5:12 PM, sleepngbear wrote:

    Market share refers to devices sold, not devices being used. Sure there are a lot of BB's in business and government, but even there not many new devices are being sold. For businesses to adopt BB10, they're going to need BES10, which a lot of the bigger ones have been slow to do. Many are still waiting to see how BYOD plays out, and many just want to be sure BBRY will be around for for the long term before upgrading their MDM.

    To the Mr. Carnette, you bring your credibility into question when you cite anything from BGR as the basis for serious analysis, especially when it comes to BBRY. Objectivity is the last thing you'll find there. Then again, MF has clearly demonstrated that they are no fan of the company, either.

  • Report this Comment On February 04, 2014, at 10:35 AM, Gump1968 wrote:

    BBRY is not just about phones anymore....think outside the box.

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After working at The Motley Fool, Jamal Carnette decided to try his hand at writing for a change. You can find him writing about technology, consumer goods, sports, and pontificating on any competitive advantage. His previous jobs include Mortgage Trainer, Financial Advisor, and Stockbroker. Jamal graduated from George Mason University with a bachelors of science in finance and is a CFA Level III candidate. Follow me for tech trends, info on consumer brands, and sports banter.

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