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India: Where BlackBerry Rules Over iPhone

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    NEW YORK - AUGUST 03: The new Blackberry Torch 9800 smartphone is seen after being unveiled at a news conference August 3, 2010 in New York City. The new device by Blackberry maker Research in Motion features a touch-screen and slide-out keyboard along with new 6.0 software in the company's ongoing battle with Apple's iphone and other mobile devices. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

    India is not impressed with Apple's iPhone. Perhaps it's that most of the nation is dealing with a 2G network, and a 3G network that lags behind those in North America and Europe, and that means the iPhone just takes a lot of time to load.

    Basically, the iPhone is a big paperweight, which is why it only accounts for 2.6 percent of the smartphones sold in the country, with 15 percent from Research in Motion, 21 percent for Samsung and 46 percent from Nokia, Bloomberg reported.

    The numbers shouldn't be that surprising. In most of the developing world, smartphones aren't that popular mainly because of the lack of 3G infrastructure and price. Feature phones are much more popular (and make up 79 percent of the mobile phone market) and brand names like Nokia and BlackBerry dominate the landscape.

    Our first-world vision is sometimes clouded by what we see in SOMA and we may forget that in sub-Saharan Africa and India, other factors dominate the kind of  phones people use.