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RIM ships 6.7m BlackBerries despite economy

updated 04:40 pm EST, Thu December 18, 2008

RIM Q3 2008 Results

Research in Motion tonight reported surprise news of a positive fall quarter. The company says it generated a record $2.8 billion in revenue over the period between September and November, representing a significant 7.9 percent boost over the summer and a significant 66.3 percent spike over the same period a year earlier. BlackBerry sales made the launch one of the company's "best ever" starts to the holidays and saw 6.7 million units shipped due largely to multiple important phone introductions, including the Bold, Curve 8900, Pearl Flip, and Storm.

The Canadian firm's chief weakness was its previously predicted low subscriber additions, which saw just 2.6 million new push e-mail users added over the three-month span. Such an increase was enough to grow RIM's active user base by 14 percent versus the summer but fell below expectations that hovered closer to 2.8 million.

Such numbers potentially reverse the competitive position of RIM with its close North American opponent Apple, whose iPhone 3G overtook BlackBerry volumes with about 6.9 million shipped during its launch quarter. Analysts have warned that Apple's performance may fall below expectations during the same period as the economy drives customers away from devices perceived to be expensive.

By Electronista Staff


  1. jhawk95

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    Cooking the Books!

    Sounds really suspicious these numbers do. I wonder how real these are and how much they are exaggerating?

    I do not know ANYONE who has purchased one of these phones, yet I have at least six friends who have purchased their iPhone in the past three months.

    Are corporations really buying this many phones in these tough financial times when they are laying off workers? One would think you recycle the phones you get back from laid off workers to others in your company rather then buying new BlackBerry phones in the short-term.

  1. Durandalus

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    Make that 3,45m

    bc half of them are being returned ;-)


  1. luckyday

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    Joined: Apr 2008


    Your friends, eh?

    Yes. RIM is probably cooking the books. Analysts would never be able to figure that out. You're obviously a finance major.

    I think the real indicator of smartphone sales is how many of your friends own each phone.

    Do you think you could maybe tell us your demographic? I think that information is important if you want to use your friends as indicative of mobile phone sales.

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