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1.6 million BlackBerry subs added in Q3

updated 06:50 pm EST, Thu December 20, 2007

BlackBerry subs surge

Research in Motion reported third quarter results for the three months ended December 1, 2007. Revenue for the third quarter of fiscal 2008 was $1.67 billion, up 22% from $1.37 billion in the previous quarter and up 100% from $835.1 million in the same quarter of last year. Approximately 1.65 million BlackBerry subscriber accounts were added in the quarter and over 3.9 million devices were shipped. The total BlackBerry subscriber account base at the end of the third quarter was approximately 12 million. The company expects to add 1.82 million accounts in the fourth quarter. Meanwhile, the iPhone has managed to outperform long-term competitors in the smartphone market, says a new study in the January 2008 issue of Consumer Reports.

The magazine gives the Apple device an overall score of 64 versus 61 for RIM's BlackBerry Curve, pointing primarily to Apple's longer 8.25 hours of call time in testing versus the Curve's 6.25 hours and its improvements in ease of use and synchronization with computers. The BlackBerry's common advantage of its real-time "push" e-mail is beaten by Apple's inclusion of a stronger e-mail client, the publication claims.

The iPhone shipped 1.119 million units in Apple's fourth quarter, compared with 270,000 in the previous quarter when only two days worth of post-launch sales data were tracked.

by MacNN Staff



  1. nnpptt

    Joined: Dec 1969


    BlackBerry FTW!

    I'm the first to admit that the iPhone is the coolest phone ever released (maybe the Prada). However... I can't really think of a phone better for the working man than the BlackBerry Curve. Not geek-chic... but pretty cool in its day. Plus... it's available on VZW.

    Lots of people agree:

  1. ClevelandAdv

    Joined: Dec 1969


    iPhone Cool

    I have never seen anyone wowed by a blackberry, but aside from that, the iPhone is the coolest device (phone included) I have ever owned

    Having set up Blackberries and iPhones I can also say the iPhone is the simplest device to work with for it's range of featues I have every used, where Blackberries can be confusing and their web interface is buggy.

    Sure, I wish the iPhone has some additional features - but the lauded Push email is not a killer-must-have-or-our-whole-infrastructure-falls-apart feature that RIMM pundits make it out to be.

  1. Constable Odo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Push e-mail is....

    everything. That's what makes a BlackBerry what it is. It's the biggest and strongest one-trick pony that a RIM investor can bet on. Plus the BlackBerry works on every cell network in the world and it's relatively inexpensive. It's an unbeatable combination. That's why Wall Street loves it.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Why exactly was there a need to run from the Blackberry announcement into the CR article recap that was reported a couple of days ago? Isn't the related article link enough?

    As for the blackberry, besides being available on ALL networks, you can get it with various plans (including a data-only plan, if you desire) and, more importantly, can be used with your company's business accounts. No need to have separate bills and separate contracts for each and every phone.

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