by Al Sacco

BlackBerry by the Numbers: BlackBerry Stats from DevCon 2010

Sep 27, 2010
MobileSmall and Medium Business

RIM made some high-profile announcements on Monday at DevCon, but it also talked up a set of interesting BlackBerry stats.

Research In Motion (RIM) made a handful of application-developer-related announcements at its third annual BlackBerry Developer Conference (DevCon) in San Francisco, including the unveiling of the brand new BlackBerry “PlayBook” tablet computer and the introduction of new app development and monetization utilities. But the BlackBerry-maker also announced some fairly impressive statistics on BlackBerry use.

Tyler Lessard, RIM VP of Developer Relations, on Stage at DevCon 2010
Tyler Lessard, RIM VP of Developer Relations, on Stage at DevCon 2010

I won’t waste too much space pontificating on the numbers, some of which have been published before, since I think they mostly speak for themselves. But for a company that seems to be increasingly on the receiving end of media- and analyst-lashings, RIM’s BlackBerry numbers sure do look good on paper.

BlackBerry by the Numbers

  • 50 million BlackBerry subscribers worldwide

  • 150 million BlackBerry smartphones sold to date

  • 12.1 million BlackBerry smartphones sold in the second quarter of 2010

  • BlackBerry is the #1 smartphone in both North and Central America, based on subscribers

  • Registered BlackBerry application developers total more than 300,000

  • Current BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) installations total more than 250,000

  • More than 25 million active BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) users

  • RIM is currently adding about 1.5 million new BBM users each month, or roughly 2000 BBM users each hour

  • About 35 million people use BlackBerry App World, RIM’s mobile software store, every day

  • BlackBerry App World now sees an average of 1.5 million application-downloads a day

  • More than 75 percent of all BlackBerr App World apps are downloaded to smartphones running RIM’s BlackBerry 5.0 or BlackBerry 6 operating systems


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