RIM adds over 1m EMEA subscribers in three weeks

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More than a million new customers added in the period, just three weeks after the company downgraded Q2 forecasts following disappointing Q1 results

BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (RIM) has added more than one million subscribers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) in less than three weeks.

RIM managing director for EMEA Patrick Spence said: “We’re excited by the continued momentum we’re experiencing across EMEA, and are appreciative of the amazing efforts of our application developer partners, our operator partners, our retail partners, and our distributor partners who have helped us make this happen.

“BlackBerry continues to be the number one smartphone brand in a number of our markets, including the Netherlands, South Africa and the UK – where we also remain the number one smartphone vendor by total unit sales, and the number one prepay smartphone vendor. Our smartphones including the BlackBerry Bold and BlackBerry Curve also top the sales lists in countries like the UAE and Saudi Arabia and we recently announced RIM’s international revenue for the first quarter had grown 67 cent year on year.”

The announcement comes exactly three weeks after RIM announced it was downgrading its Q2 forecasts after profits slid 9.5 per cent year-on-year to $695 million (£430) in the three months to May 28. The company predicted revenues of between $4.2 billion and $4.8 billion for Q2 – well below analyst expectations of around $5.47 billion.

It added there would be a reduction in headcount and a renewed focus on growth opportunities and accelerating new product introductions.

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