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Monday, November 1, 2010

Will Competition Change the Way People Buy Cell Phones?

Everyone buys cell phones. For a long time, everyone pretty much had the same old clunker, but now there are more options than people know what to do with. As a result, the competition among different companies has become nothing less than fierce.

Unfortunately for Research in Motion (RIM), it looks like Blackberries are lagging in the three-way race between it and iPhones and Androids, at least in the United States. Reports released today put Androids at the top of the market with 44%. Its share in the U.S. smartphone market increased by 11 percentage points while Apple's rose by 1; Research in Motion's dropped by 6%.

It’s been speculated by many that a fair chunk of Blackberry-owners would prefer an iPhone, but aren’t AT&T subscribers and don’t want to switch networks. Rumors have been abound for months that Apple’s exclusive contact with AT&T is up and that Verizon will release its own iPhone within the next year, in which case a good number of Blackberry owners will probably replace their RIMs with iPhones. Androids might take a hit as well, though it’s likely to be a smaller, as AT&T offers its own line of Droids, and there are unlocked cell phones (including iPhones) available.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Blackberry, iPhone or Android Wholesale Cell Phones?

Wireless wholesale cell phones dealers are commonly confronted with this question from their customers: “Is the Blackberry, iPhone or Android better? Which should I get?”

The Blackberry started out as a business device, and continues to be used as one. It offers one of the strongest email platforms, a user friendly QWERTY keyboard, and an excellent security system. The Blackberry is made with some of the toughest hardware around, boasts a long battery life, and allows apps to be run in the background.

The iPhone is a more personal, consumer device which originally offered the advantage of device consolidation: it was a smart phone and an iPod in one. The iPhone’s security system is not as robust as Blackberry’s, and doesn’t allow apps to run in the background. Also, you can’t swap out the battery, and cracked screens are a common problem. But those weaknesses aside, most iPhone users swear by their phones.

The Android is the new kid on the block, and it’s already making waves: sale figures show that the Android has already eclipsed the iPhone this year. The Android’s open platform allows developers to create innovative, powerful and flexible apps to enhance the user experience (70,000 apps to date and counting), and with consumer demand for these wholesale mobile phones continuing to grow, it’s the phone of the moment.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Wholesale Cell Phones: Facts About Blackberry

Ever find yourself talking to a customer who always wants to know MORE about the product they’re buying from you? Here are some facts about the Blackberry, in case your wholesale cell phones customers ask.

The Blackberry was developed by a company called Research in Motion, commonly referred to as RIM, which was founded in 1984 by a 23-year-old named Mike Lazardis, an electrical engineering college dropout. Lazardis’s company initially developed corporate automation technologies, and in the late 1980s and 90s, RIM began to focus on technology which would revolutionize wireless networking and communications.

The first Blackberry — the Inter@ctive Pager, also known as the RIM 900 — hit the market in 1996, and it featured Blackberry’s signature full qwerty keyboard, perfect for thumbing, and a small black-and-white screen. In 1998, the RIM 950 was introduced, cost about one-third of the price of the 900, and could send email and faxes. Since then, Blackberry has continued to release new models with updated features, and Blackberry prices have continued to come down for wholesale mobile phones retailers. Today, BlackBerry commands a 20.8% share of smartphone sales worldwide.

Monday, October 11, 2010

The Benefits of Unlocked Cell Phones

With so many manufacturers offering long-term contracts and locked phones, which can be costly to unlock, more and more cell phone customers who don’t want to be tied to a specific carrier are seeking to buy unlocked cell phones.

Unlocked cell phones give users the flexibility to switch carriers at any time by simply changing theSIM card, so it works well for customers who travel abroad frequently and want to avoid international roaming fees. Unlocked cell phones also allow customers to keep abreast of rapidly changing cell phone fashions, so they can upgrade their phones at any time while still keeping their SIM card information.

With so many benefits of unlocked cell phones, it makes sense for retailers to cater for customers wishing to avoid the long-term commitment associated with locked phones. Wholesalers like TodaysCloseout.com offer a wide range of wholesale deals on the latest brand-name unlocked cell phones, which can be shipped to retail stores fast to satisfy customer demand. Through our safe, simple and convenient, members-only internet community at TodaysCloseout.com, it’s easy for wireless dealers and re-sellers to order the products that customers want, at the lowest prices around.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Blackberry OS6 & the Blackberry 9800, is Blackberry losing it's grip?

One of the perks we get to enjoy at TodaysCloseout is being able to admire, explore and interact with many of the latest wholesale cell phones & smartphones. Blackberry has always been a brand we respected and admired for the rock solid smartphones they create, with excellent quality hardware and reliable software for the business user.

In recent times however, we have noticed how many of the manufacturers including Apple, HTC, Samsung, and LG, have all been making very affordable feature rich touchscreen cell phones, with advanced
user interfaces, great email and social networking capabilities, and qwerty keyboards, not to mention the many Google Android phones being pumped into the market, that are begining to make even the flagship Blackberry devices such as the Bold 9700 look and feel dated.

The blackberry numbers are out, and although Blackberry has seen wholesale growth internationally, the bad news is that it has been losing North American market share to Apple, HTC, and Samsung wholesale unlocked cell phones.

Which brings us to Blackberry OS6, the upcoming edition of the Blackberry operating system, and the Blackberry 9800 device, which will have both a full touchscreen as well as a slide out
qwerty keyboard. We have been informed that the official announcement by Blackberry will
take place on August 3rd at 11am EST.

We know that when Blackberry released the Storm, and Storm 2 touchscreen devices to
compete with the Apple iPhone, they were
simply no competition to the very slick Apple iPhone 3 and iPhone 3GS.

We love Blackberry, and we hope they release a winner this time, but we wonder whether the Blackberry 9800 with OS 6 will be an update that puts blackberry ahead of the game, competing head to head with the iPhone 4 and the many other great devices out there, or is it going to be too little too late?