Blackberry reaches 5 million subscriber mark

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RIM said it reached the 5 million subscriber mark and hit over US$2 billion in revenue for its fiscal year 2006, which ended in early March. The company shipped a total of 4 million Blackberry handheld devices during its past fiscal year, and 1.1 million in the quarter just ended March 4, it said Thursday.

“We recently passed the $2 billion annual revenue and 5 million subscribers milestones and we have begun the new fiscal year with over 150 carrier partners around the world,” said Jim Balsillie, chairman of RIM, in a statement.

The company said it added 625,000 new subscribers during the quarter, and that numbers bounced back strongly after it settled patent litigation with NTP Inc. in March.