RIM's Torch Not Burning So Bright

By  |  Tuesday, August 17, 2010 at 10:12 am

If RIM was hoping its BlackBerry Torch would give it a much-needed boost in competing with Android and Apple, they better look somewhere else. Analysts are pegging debut weekend sales at around 150,000 — while a substantial number, its far below that of its competitors. Take for example the iPhone 4: it sold 1.7 million devices in it first weekend out.

While the phone is currently only available through AT&T for $199 with a two year contract, Amazon was noted to have taken the unusual step of slashing the price on a new phone to $99. Not a good sign for a device RIM once hailed as “the best BlackBerry ever.”



2 Comments For This Post

  1. Dustin Sherrill Says:

    If other phone makers hope to stand a chance against the iPhone they need to stop giving exclusivity deals to any one carrier. Even worse that they pick AT&T. I might have switched to Torch if they had gone to Sprint but by the time they do they will be already be dated.

  2. Relyt Says:

    It is important to note that Amazon had the torch was always $99 at Amazon; this is nothing new.

    See: http://gizmodo.com/5615263/corrections-amazon-has