The Fourth > New Column > 'B' is for 'BlackBerry' > Searcher v. 18 no. 10 (December 2010): 50-53.
BlackBerry smartphones are designed and manufactured by Research In Motion (RIM), founded in 1984 and headquarteredin Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. RIM launched the first BlackBerry in 1999; current models include the Bold, Curve, and Storm series, as well as the Torch and Tour.
According to a mid-September 2010 comScore press release,"RIM remained the leading mobile smartphone platform in the U.S. with 39.3 percent share of U.S. smartphone subscribers," despite losing a market share of nearly 2% to smartphones using the Android operating system. Based on its review, comScore estimates that 53.4 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones during the 3 months ending July 2010, an increase of more than 10% from the corresponding April 2010 period.
For the second quarter of 2010, RIM reported that its BlackBerry smartphone shipments grew to 12.1 million units, an increase of 45% over the same quarter in 2009. In addition, its subscriber account base grew to 50 million, an increase of nearly 56% over the 2009 period. As of June 30, 2010, RIM had shipped approximately 115 million units.
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