Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Remember the BlackBerry?


Believe it or not cellphones still exist that don't run on the Android or Apple OS. BlackBerrys used to be very popular a few years ago back when the iPhone didn't exist. However, now Android and iPhone now almost entirely own the cellphone market. What does this really mean? Well this shows that in a very short number of years two brands have been able to emerge and put a duopoly on the market. This means that most people are no longer giving their money to the BlackBerry, Nokia, Windows, and Palm brands. With a duopoly on the market, it is only a matter of time before the opposing companies either merge with Apple and the Android producers or go out of business. I don't think this would effect us too much since these opposing companies sell so little merchandise in comparison. Some might say that with only a few companies in the market, after removing at least a half a dozen non Apple/Android companies, we might start to see a sharp rise in prices. This would be accredited to the small amount of competition, but I'm not so sure I agree with that. I don't agree with it because Apple and Android are big rivals and would do anything to get the other out of the market. This means that the prices would stay roughly the same since they are competing against each other mainly anyway. This would end up being good for us the consumers because we will still be able to afford our fancy new tech in our still recovering economy.

6 comments:

Alison said...

I have a Blackberry and I really like it, but the lack of apps is incredibly frustrating. The rare good ones are never free, either. I like a lot of things about my phone but I really want an iPhone now, especially since so many people have and love them. I think that's the mindset of a lot of smartphone consumers.

Smith said...

Could you foresee the government regulating these two companies? What could you see happening if one of the big companies does go under?

Ethan said...

To Alison: I have an iPhone and I can say for sure that it is easy to see how Apple has become so popular with its many apps. Of course Apple gets a commission from any sales on their marketplace which means they make an incredible amount of money solely from this section of their sales. I also see how Android has moved into second place in number of apps quickly because non Apple smart phones have become popular quick. In my opinion either the iPhone or a smartphone running off of the Android OS would be a good upgrade from an outdated Blackberry.

Ethan said...

To Smith: I don't think that they government would put regulations on these companies if they were both still alive. I expect Blackberry and Palm will eventually merge with Android or Apple which would narrow the market even further, but more than likely still wouldn't cause the government to instill regulations. However, if one of these major companies were to go under, which i find doubtful, then the government would be forced to put regulations on the remaining company otherwise it would become a monopoly and the prices for cell phones would become astronomical.

Teal C. said...

I completely agree with this blog. When I used to own a blackberry I was extremely jealous and frustrated of the lack of apps and abilities my phone was not capable of. The Android and Apple phones have everything one could possibly need on a small device. I believe that eventually over time Blackberry and all the other phone companies will become outdated and decide to terminate because of the immense competition. The demand for iPhones and android phones are increasing every day, making the demand for BlackBerrys and palm devices decrease. The companies who do not sell iPhone or Android phones should decrease their prices because the demand is so low. Maybe people would buy more if the price was lowered. If iPhones raised their prices they could be making more profit and it would get rid of excess demand. I don’t believe the prices will extreme tremendously because it is still in competition with the android phones. The devices have to remain affordable for the majority of the public, even though the demand is so high. If the prices raised extremely nobody would purchase the iPhones.

jay paul said...

Nice post with awesome points! Can’t wait for the next one.

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