Unfortunately there's basically no buyout value to the international business (Nokia is even stronger for that, although they lack a good keyboard); Android (and to some extent Windows Phone and iPhone) will eventually win there.
The Enterprise market, particularly the BES and management side, had value to buyout, even just as a best-in-class MDM solution to manage Android, iPhone, etc., but they waited too long to open up their management, and from what I've seen, Airwatch, Zenprise, Good, etc. are all better choices for crossplatform MDM.
"Developed countries" and "Developing countries" seem better terms to describe the infrastructural distinctions.
It's probably more pejorative than "third world", but "rich" and "poor" are probably clearer descriptions for a discussion of cellphone usage patterns than most of these euphemisms. That'd upset people even more, of course :)
That's not to say that all countries with low growth have mature economies of course, just that "developed" countries are at the economic forefront, and that "developing" countries need to make an effort to catch up or be forever "developing".
In terms that most people could understand "rich" and "poor" may be more accurate, but in terms of cell phone usage there are quite a few African countries that have widespread mobile phone networks, but few wired telephones.
You could perhaps come to think that the above sort of labels are very generic, but I do think that for a start that talk of a third world/first world split is not useful when the second world - communist russia and its ilk - doesn't exist anymore.
I smiled when I read the following in joeyh's usesthis:
"If it doesn't have a keyboard, I feel that my thoughts are being forced out through a straw."
We don't buy high end featurephones in the first world in 2012 -- we have carrier subsidies on smartphones (with or without keyboard, but generally web browsing > texting, so I think for the kid/teen market in the US, keyboard phones aren't as popular as in Asia).
I think the US market is basically rich people or carrier subsidies on smartphones, or cheap phones (i.e. not featurephones, or maybe the very lowest tier with a camera but nothing else). Or of course people who have an old phone (probably an S60 featurephone) who just never upgrade, but they're irrelevant from a sales perspective, and will probably get pushed to a low-end Android phone on contract renewal, breakage, loss, etc.
I don't understand if there is a valuable reason for that or if it's just change for the sake of change. My 3 years old Blackberry fulfills all my needs. And it was made in Canada, not in a Foxconn-like plant.
> And it was made in Canada, not in a Foxconn-like plant.
They're not made in Canada anymore.