Popular gadget reseller Gazelle has reported that it has seen a record-number of Blackberry trade-ins since the iPhone 4S launch. As of last week, Gazelle has seen a 80% increase in Blackberry submissions.

RIM’s e-mail and messaging services underwent serious outages recently, which could also be directly affecting the increased number of Blackberry trade-ins. Android trade-ins also jumped 72% during the past month, with the majority of sales reportedly coming from Sprint customers.

CNET reports:

Gazelle’s “Chief Gadget Officer’ Anthony Scarsella told CNET that this is “easily the highest volume of BlackBerry trades ever seen period.” That includes a “spike” following this month’s outage. “In the grand scheme of BlackBerry growth over the past month, it can be pretty much entirely attributed to the launch of the iPhone 4S,” Scarsella said.


  • This has nothing to do with BBM’s failure for a couple days…

    Android trade-ins, however, are significant. I’m not even going to try to single out a phone that caused that, but I think it’s the combined releases of the Nexus, RAZR, and the 4S that’s causing the spike (as well as the Vigor, but I doubt that many people are trading in for that).

  • Daniel

    pssht, all those old blackberries will move to venezuela, since its the only place on earth that still has a blackberry fetish.

    • jeddanel

      and south africa… its pathetic. poverty can really make people so naive to think they have the best smartphone on the market, when actually, its the most outdated!

      • JMarq

        Seriously?!… You actually formulated those words in your head and then saw fit to post them?… Dude WTF?!

      • JJ

        Hear hear! You have no idea what these people go through everyday in ur white suburbanite dream. You live in a bubble not knowing what other countries actually have to go through just to survive while your playing with your new phone in the cool ac of your home while eating a bag of damn Doritos. Get a life you have no idea how easy us Americans have it. No idea at all. People are literally dying to get here. And you take it for granted. Ashame

      • Aljo


        please explain to me why my Blackberry is outdated?
        I live in South Africa, have friends in US, and your are the first arrogant person I have encountered, so I expect your reply to also be something in that line.

        I use a Blackberry, simply because we have the most expensive cellphone networks in the world. It is easy and convenient, and that suites me, so why is a problem for you?

        Would you still be using you Apple when you need to pay roughly R150 ($22) for 500mb of data? And if you are lucky you will have 3G! Or if you had no free wifi areas????

        Rather ask question without assumptions, its ignorant, and I don’t believe that is the American way.

      • David

        You are a tool jeddanel, and you are pathetic.

  • MrBig

    @ aljo I live in Europe and 22 € (not $) for 300 MB (not 500) is standard here… of course we prefer iPhones…

    • Aljo

      Where in Europe MrBig?

      You know in Greece I could understand this 🙂

  • jeddanel

    @aljo, (actually you’re the ignorant fool making the assumptions, because i am a south african and that’s why i know everyone there claims Blackberry is the “best” phone, when in reality the rest of the world have already realized that its an outdated technology. I live in Belgium now and cellphone carriers here are the same, if not more expensive, than MTN, Vodacom, Cell C and Virgin.

    what i meant with the comment was, just because BBM is free, South Africans would argue the Blackberry is the best phone… because of a service it offers, not because of the phones actual accessibility.