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RIM #4 On IDC Q1 Mobile Phone Tracker Report

WES just ended with some great news for RIM, IDC just released their Q1 report listing RIM/BlackBerry on #4 for the first time. Why is this important you may wonder, the IDC report covers the entire mobile phone market, not just the smartphone market.

You can read the full report at this LINK

The devices that were the most popular for Q1 include the 85XX and the 9700.

Some other highlights for RIM include:

• RIM announced BlackBerry Mobile Voice System 5 with voice over Wi-Fi calling

• RIM provided an update on BlackBerry App World, explaining that over 20 million customers have already downloaded BlackBerry App World and nearly 1 million apps are being downloaded per day on average
• Over 50,000 copies of BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express have been downloaded since its launch in March

• BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) is growing strong with a 500% increase in usage last year and over 20 million users currently

• Millward Brown published its annual brand study on Wednesday and BlackBerry was listed as the 14th most valuable brand in the world (and the 6th most valuable tech brand)

• According to a recent GSM Exchange report (regarding mobile handset sales during the first half of April), the BlackBerry Bold 9700 was the #1 selling mobile handset in Europe and BlackBerry Curve 8520 was #2. According to the report, the #3 – #8 ranked phones were Nokia 5800, LG KP500, Samsung GT-S5230, Nokia 5230, Apple iPhone 3G 16GB and Nokia 6700 Classic respectively

• Over 90 million BlackBerry smartphones sold
• 10.5 million BlackBerry smartphones sold in the last quarter alone
• 11.2 – 11.8 million BlackBerry smartphones expected in the current quarter
• Approx. 550 carriers and distribution partners in 170+ countries
• Over 250,000 registered app developers
• Over 250,000 BlackBerry Enterprise Servers
• Over 14,000 RIM employees focused on BlackBerry
• BlackBerry is #1 smartphone in USA
• BlackBerry is #2 smartphone worldwide

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