I recently got similar stats from Mxit, and they had "Smartphones (including Blackberry)" as a category - BB are only JUST classified as smartphones these days. I think next year's stats will classify them in the featurephone category.
What's really impressive is how Blackberry's managed to keep the position of the Curve family for so long. BBM and BIS certainly contributes to that. I'm also surprised that the E63 made it into the lineup.
I imagine that Blackberry's current market share is partly due to their success the past couple of years. People hand their phones down, so many phones stay in circulation for longer than two years. Based on the people I know, few who upgrade from a Blackberry upgrade to a new Blackberry. It seems like Samsung, Huawei and Nokia (Lumia) are some of the most popular brands people upgrade to from what I can tell. Then again, the South African average probably differs from this quite a bit.
As someone mentioned, that's from an existing base - they're not selling many more - the vast majority of the BB users are going full touchphone. It's just a slow decline to irrelevancy from here for BB.
I believe the new Passport and Classic devices will help BlackBerry make a comeback ... and if these hit our shores soon enough BlackBerry may have a fighting chance to stay at the top in SA. I loved the BlackBerry keyboards on the Bold series and welcomes this return to what made BlackBerry good.
Somehow the term smartphone doesnt cut it anymore. I would agree that all Blackberry's that can do emails and surf the web can be classified as smartphones. But all phones nowadays are coming out with smartphone features.
One would have to create a new term to distinguish between the top phones and the less talented phones.
What about superphone?