Subscribers Double In Less Than Ten Months
Waterloo, ON â€“ Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced that its award-winning BlackBerryÂ® wireless platform has passed another major industry milestone by exceeding two million active wireless subscribers. BlackBerry continues to lead the industry and becomes the first integrated wireless data platform to reach the two millionth subscriber mark. This rapid growth illustrates the widening popularity of BlackBerry and the increasing market potential for converged devices and wireless data connectivity.
“This is a significant milestone, especially when you consider it took five years to establish the market and attract the first million BlackBerry users and less than ten months to double that number,” said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at Research In Motion. “Together with our partners around the world, we continue to build upon this momentum and expand the market opportunity for BlackBerry.”
Today’s news follows a busy ten-month period whereby RIM and its partners executed well and continued to pave the way for future growth. Several new and innovative BlackBerry devices were launched. Services were broadened and enhanced. RIM and its carrier partners expanded into many new countries and channels. RIM expanded its BlackBerry licensing programs with many of the world’s leading device manufacturers. BlackBerry Enterprise Serverâ„¢ v4.0 and support for Novell Groupwise were readied. A new BlackBerry handheld for WLAN networks was previewed. RIM introduced new tools for developers and BlackBerry ISV Alliance partners continued to build upon the BlackBerry platform.
“It’s an exciting and energizing period,” added Lazaridis. “We’re not only seeing wireless email services reach wider geographies and audiences in terms of business, government and individual buyers, but we’re also seeing a broader range of wireless data applications. Companies are realizing the ROI and strategic benefits of mobilizing enterprise applications such as CRM and we’re seeing other more specialized applications grow in areas such as real estate, health care, legal, government and financial services.”
BlackBerry has steadily maintained its leading position since it was originally introduced in 1999. For corporate customers, BlackBerry Enterprise Server software tightly integrates with MicrosoftÂ® Exchange or IBM LotusÂ® Dominoâ„¢ (Novell GroupWise support is expected later this year) and works with existing enterprise systems to enable secure, push-based, wireless access to email and other corporate data. For individuals and smaller businesses, BlackBerry Internet Serviceâ„¢ allows users to access up to ten corporate and/or personal email accounts (including Microsoft Exchange, IBM Lotus Domino and many popular ISP email accounts) from a single device.