BlackBerry parent company Research in Motion sent a happy tweet Thursday announcing that it had added more than a million subscribers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa in less than three weeks. It’s not all good news, however – there had not been a tweet announcing that it lost a million U.S. subscribers in the three-month period ending in May.
RIM reported having 55 million total subscribers at the end of November, after which it stopped routinely reporting that information. Having suffered significant declines in the company’s market share against Apple’s iPhone and smartphones using Google’s Android, RIM’s shares have lost half their value this year.
The Guardian reported Patrick Spence, managing director, EMEA, Research in Motion, welcomed the new customers. “BlackBerry continues to be the number one smartphone brand in a number of our markets, including the Netherlands, South Africa and the U.K. – where we also remain the number one smartphone vendor by total unit sales, and the number one prepay smartphone vendor,” he added.
Spence is expected to gain increased responsibilities in the management reshuffle that RIM has promised its shareholders, according to the Vancouver Sun.
The Guardian post: http://tinyurl.com/4x8uhbb
Vancouver Sun post: http://tinyurl.com/3vmo9qu