by Al Sacco

BlackBerry by the Numbers: Stats from BlackBerry World 2011

May 06, 20112 mins
Enterprise Applications

RIM shared a number of noteworthy new statistics on subscribers, applications, developers and more at BlackBerry World 2011.

Research In Motion (RIM) made a variety of announcements at its first annual BlackBerry World conference in Orlando this week, including the introduction of the new BlackBerry Bold 9900 smartphone, Facebook and video-chat apps for the PlayBook tablet, a new partnership between RIM and Microsoft, and an upcoming product that will let IT administrators manage Apple iOS and Google Android handhelds and tablets via BlackBerry infrastructure.

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In addition to the news announcements, the company also released a number of significant new numbers and statistics on RIM and BlackBerry, including subscriber levels, carrier partners, developers and much more.

Anyone who reads the modern tech press knows that much doom and gloom has surrounded RIM in recent days. But the company still looks impressive on paper; many of these numbers speak for themselves.

Check out the list below for RIM’s most recently released BlackBerry stats.

  • More than 150 million BlackBerry smartphones sold to date
  • 14.9 million BlackBerry smartphones sold in the last quarter
  • More than 595 BlackBerry carrier and distribution partners in over 175 countries
  • More than 250,000 BlackBerry Enterprise Servers (BES) deployed
  • 370,000 registered BlackBerry software developers
  • More than 17,500 RIM employees “currently focused on making BlackBerry and PlayBook better than ever,” according to RIM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis
  • More than 1.5 million BlackBerry App World downloads each day
  • Roughly 33.4 million active Facebook for BlackBerry users
  • Approximately 7.2 million active Twitter for BlackBerry users
  • 43 million active BlackBerry Messenger users
  • RIM has seen 110 percent growth in active BlackBerry Messenger users over past 12 months

Also, check out some similar stats from RIM’s third annual BlackBerry Developer Conference, held last September in San Francisco.


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