Most Verizon BlackBerry users know that it usually takes Verizon about a year or so to come out with new BlackBerry devices after first appearing on the GSM carriers. I’ll give Verizon just a bit of credit for releasing the BlackBerry 8830 just a few months after it debuted on Cingular, however, Verizon has yet to offer the BlackBerry Pearl which first debuted last year.
Most of Verizon’s BlackBerry users, myself included, are business users and although we get frustrated that Verizon doesn’t come out with new BlackBerrys sooner, we aren’t willing to give up the network therefore we stick with them. The demographic for BlackBerry users, however, is changing. Everyday consumers increasingly are starting to look at smartphones for their personal devices, BlackBerrys included.
My question is can Verizon compete in the consumer BlackBerry market if they are still stuck in “new device a year after everyone else” mode?