Thursday, March 12, 2009

Odd Palm story du semaine

Daring Fireball and Digital Daily point to an odd posting by Palm, rejecting the over-the-top Pre claims of its key investor, Roger McNamee of Elevation Partners. It reminded me of the old Mission Impossible admonishment to Mr. Phelps about disavowing all knowledge of his actions.

The whole filing is worth reading both for its drama and (if nothing else) for the blow-by-blow dissection of the train wreck that was McNamee’s interview last week with Bloomberg. (In an odd coincidence, the interview was written up by Rochelle Garner, my onetime editor when I was a MacWeek columnist).

However, of broader interest to readers of this blog are Palm’s market share estimates for global and US smartphone market share:

One third party industry analyst report indicates that in 2007 and 2008, Blackberry’s share of worldwide mobile phone shipments was 1.1% and 1.9%, respectively, and Apple’s was 0.3% and 1.2%, respectively.

One third party industry analyst report indicates that smart phones made up 11.1% of U.S. mobile phone shipments in 2007 and 19.5% in 2008.

One third party industry analyst report estimates smartphone share of the U.S. mobile phone market will reach 42.0% in 2012.
BTW, Digital Daily also reports that Movistar has a Pre exclusive for Latin America. What DD doesn’t mention is that Movistar is already selling the iPhone 3G there on a non-exclusive basis.
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