The reputed addiction to the BlackBerry -- aka the CrackBerry -- has become an easy habit to kick, apparently. Now it's iPhone users who might require a 12-step program if they want to put their mobile-device habit behind them.
Among iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry owners, the CrackBerry crowd is most likely to move to a different mobile platform when the time comes for a new smartphone, according to research released by Nielsen Wire. That may be disheartening news for RIM, which is expected to unveil its much-anticipated BlackBerry Torch 9800 today running the long-overdue BlackBerry OS 6.
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Among 1,067 surveyed BlackBerry users, only 42 percent said they wanted to stick with the RIM platform. The majority want to go elsewhere: 29 percent have their eye on the iPhone, and 21 percent are drawn to the Android.
By comparison, it's clear that iPhone users are iPhone addicts: 89 percent of the 867 surveyed iPhone users said they planned to replace their current iPhone with another one when it's time to get a new smartphone. Of iPhone users, just 6 percent said they'd adopt an Android next, and a measly 2 percent want to sample the BlackBerry.
Finally, 71 percent of the 225 Android users said they'd remain loyal to the Google OS when it came time to get a new smartphone, while 21 percent said they planned to switch to Team iPhone. Just 3 percent had an eye on the BlackBerry.