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RIM shifts 7.8 mil. BlackBerrys in second quarter

Canadian vendor Research In Motion (RIM), said Thursday that it shipped around 7.8 million devices during the three months ended May 30, 2009. In that same period the vendor also added 3.8 million new BlackBerry subscribers.

Net income for the quarter hit $643m, up from $482.5m in the same period last year. Revenue topped $3.42bn, up 53 per cent from $2.24bn in the same quarter of last year.

The revenue breakdown for the quarter was approximately 81 per cent for devices, 13 per cent for service, two per cent for software and four per cent for other revenue.

At the end of the quarter, the total number of BlackBerry subscribers worldwide was approximately 28.5 million.

“We are starting fiscal 2010 with strong financial performance and impressive market share gains, including a 55 per cent share of the US smartphone market according to IDC’s latest estimate,” said Jim Balsillie, co-CEO at RIM.

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