What’s a BlackBerry user worth?

That implies a net present value of about $40 for each account. This is quite a drop from early 2010 when the value was $866.


  • rwitt

    All I have to say is this is a bizarre way of measuring the value of an account. A company’s market cap is a present day valuation of all of it’s future returns. If you are dividing it’s market cap less it’s book value by the current number of users, you are not accounting for projected changes to the number of users. Therefore it is inaccurate to say each current Blackberry account is worth $40. The reality would be closer to “all current and future Blackberry accounts, discounted to the present day, are worth $40.” But that doesn’t make any sense. So basically, this calculation doesn’t make any sense.

    • Moeskido

      I was under the impression that market cap was simply the current share price × the number of issued shares.

      • rwitt

        It is. But if investors are rational and have good information, then the price per share and thus the market cap should be the same as the NPV of future earnings per share and for the firm respectively, at least as Wall Street sees it at that point in time.

        • Moeskido

          That’s a lot of “ifs.”

  • Tom Winzig

    Since they’re so rare, shouldn’t BlackBerry users be quite valuable?