There was a time that nearly all business people used a BlackBerry as their handset of choice, but now there is much more choice with various other platforms. Business users are now turning to the likes of iOS and ditching the BlackBerry platform.
A couple of surveys were taken before the iPhone 4S was released, and the recent problems when the BlackBerry service was down for a few days. The studies show that a growing amount of business users plan to leave BlackBerry for iOS or Android. PC Mag is reporting that over thirty percent of Blackberry users are going to switch to a different platform in the next year.
These were users in large enterprises with more than 10,000 employees according to the study by Enterprise Management Associates. It was found that only sixteen percent of BlackBerry users were happy with their service compared to forty four percent of iPhone users.
Steve Brasen of EMA said the results of the study showed a bigger loss of market share by BlackBerry than expected. Considering this was before the recent outage of the BlackBerry service even more users may now be thinking of switching.
Another report by Good Technology found that between June and September over seventy percent of smartphone and tablet activations were for iOS devices. Android smartphone activations gained a small percentage according to the study.
Among the tablet market the two versions of the iPad accounted for more than 96% of activations. RIM this week announced its new operating system, which it hopes will help improve its recent fortunes. If you are a BlackBerry user are you thinking of switching?