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Survey finds 40% of Blackberry owners want to switch to iPhone$file/iphone-blackberry.jpgSillicon Valley-based Crowd Science released results from its survey of 1,140 respondents today revealing some interesting findings.  Almost 40% of Blackberry users surveyed said they would “prefer Apple’s iPhone for their next smartphone purchase,” aka when their contract is up, they are most likely heading to an Apple Store.

The big question left unanswered is: If these Blackberry users want iPhones so bad, why wouldn’t they just jump ship? We’re not pointing any fingers, but…AT&T is the one area which is considered a weakness in the iPhone ecosystem.  Also, for better or worse, some people prefer physical keyboards and may not feel comfortable making the switch to virtual.  And finally, there are still a lot of corporate networks out there that support Blackberry but don’t support iPhone.  This could prevent a Blackberry user from making the switch.

We’ve got some other interesting tidbits from the survey results below:

  • Brand loyalty for Android and iPhone are about the same at around 90%
  • Only 9% of iPhone owners said they’d swap right now for a Nexus One, compared to 32% of RIM owners
  • Following the launch of the Nexus One, 91% of iPhone users were aware of the phone, while 75% of Blackberry users were aware of it
  • 32% of iPhone owners use their phone only for personal use, whereas 28% of Android users, and 16% of Blackberry users do the same
  • Only 1% of iPhone owners use their phone only for business use, whereas 0% of Android users, and 7% of Blackberry users do the same
  • 44% of respondents owned a ‘dumbphone’, 17% owned iPhones, 15% carried Blackberrys, and 3% used Android devices.

You can view the PDF of the survey results here.

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