Wealthiest smartphone owners use a BlackBerry

New survey reveals that the moneyed classes favour 'Berries over all others

BlackBerry may be going through a difficult patch right now, but a new survey by Prosper Mobile Insights has revealed that while RIM loses ground to Apple and Android, the richest smartphone users are hanging on to their BlackBerries

The survey covered some 25,000 US respondents who were asked to give their annual household income and mobile handset of choice. In the top bracket in the survey - households that bring in $150,000 per year and upwards - BlackBerry pipped Apple and Google to the post, with 11.3% of respondents both pulling in the requisite cash and touting BlackBerry smartphones. Apple's iPhone came in second with 10.9% and Android brought up the rear with 7.2%.

BlackBerry's lead also extends to those bringing home between $100,000 and $149,999, hoovering up 21.2% to Apple's 19.1% and Android's 15.8%. It's only when we reach the middle bracket that Apple jumps into the lead, providing iPhones to 19.6% of respondents earning between $75,000 and $99,999.

Android, meanwhile, has the low-income markets sewn up, which with its swarms of super-cheap low-end handsets from multiple manufacturers doesn't come as any surprise. However, with the stable of high-end Android handests like the Samsung Galaxy S2 and the HTC Sensation XE now offering proper competition for Apple's next iPhone (which we're hearing may not be the revolutionary iPhone 5 Godphone we've all been hoping for), it's next year's stats that are going to tell the interesting story. In the meantime, if you're one of the lucky few rocking a blinged-out BlackBerry in the cabin of your private jet, let us know in the comments below.

Source: NBC