The company blames the current poor economic conditions along with the delayed product launches for both the BlackBerry Bold and the long-awaited touch screen Storm – even though they claim to have “experienced particularly strong momentum in recent weeks” following the launch of the latter. Though they arguably still enjoy a comfortable lead over Apple in the business world with its traditional BlackBerry lineup, their Storm device is going to conspicuous lengths to try and appeal to the same crowd the iPhone does. This is an especially important concern to RIM, seeing as Apple has reached nearly 17% of the smartphone market.
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