Blackberry ban could help boost iPhone 4 sales.
The iPhone has been officially available in the UAE for about two years now and although it is popular, it is nowhere near as popular as it in the US. However, that is about to change as the iPhone 4 launches this week (as revealed in our exclusive news last week.)
The reason why I expect the iPhone 4 has got nothing to do with its looks, performance or even pricing. What the iPhone 4 has going for itself is the perfect timing- its launching a couple of weeks before the BlackBerry ban comes into effect on the 11th of October in the UAE. Many BlackBerry users will be jumping ship as their Smartphone becomes a not-so-smart.
Most of the people that I know who own a Blackberry are planning on getting the iPhone. The only other choice real choice they have is an Android handset and your options of a decent device are limited to the Samsung Galaxy S, HTC Desire or Motorola Droid. While they have capable devices, Samsung, HTC and Motorola will need a much stronger marketing push to compete with the likes of the iPhone 4. Sony Ericsson’s Xperia and other android contenders are based on the aging Android 1.6.
Thus, for the Blackberry user who has already outgrown a Nokia, an iPhone is the only way to go. With the launch of iPhone 4 in the next few days, I see it becoming a lot more popular in the UAE than it has been. Let’s hope our local telcos introduce it with reasonable data plan- especially for the traveling BlackBerry users who otherwise would pay an exorbitant fee for data roaming.