Computerworld columnist Craig Mathias expects that eventually there will be some kind of merger of technologies between the iPhone and the Blackberry that will incorporate the iPhone platform and the BlackBerry's push e-mail supported via a Web interface:
Last week's wireless news was dominated by two items, the blowout quarter reported by Research In Motion Ltd., the purveyor of BlackBerry devices and a push-e-mail service, and the long-awaited and superbly hyped arrival of Apple Inc.'s iPhone, which saw a half-million units sold by Sunday night.
Both are success stories, but there's already talk of the iPhone steamrolling the BlackBerry in the not-too-distant future. That's not going to happen. But the BlackBerry, in concept, anyway, will indeed be replaced over time by the operational paradigm embodied in the iPhone.