BlackBerry's death spiral is, in a twisted sort of way, a wonder to behold.
Less than four years ago, BlackBerry — at the time Research In Motion — held a commanding share of the smartphone market in the United States. A few years before, Steve Jobs unveiled the first iPhone, a device that was at the time criticized for its lack of a keyboard and its high price.
Fast-forward just a few short years and BlackBerry's share price — along with its market share in the United States, once considered a stronghold — have completely cratered. And now, the company has said it is open to exploring "strategic alternatives," which is business code for saying it is for sale.