BlackBerry Torch Sales Fail To Impress

Research in Motion's BlackBerry Torch 9800 has only sold 150,000 units since its launch last week, market analysts have claimed.

Citing analysts at RBC Capital Markets and Stifel Nicolaus, the The Wall Street Journal reported that the sales figures have been disappointing when compared to the 1.7 million iPhone 4 units shifted by Apple in three days.

The news spells more trouble for RIM, which has been struggling to maintain its dominant market share in the US smartphone market from increased competition from Apple and Google's Android-based smartphones.

Experts believe that the newest slide and touch screen smartphone device launched by RIM has failed to perform according to expectations is because it was launched in a single country through a single mobile operator, AT&T.

AT&T currently offers the phone for $199.99 on a two year contract but Amazon has reduced the smartphone's price to $99 in the hopes of boosting its sales.