Research in Motion (RIM), the maker of BlackBerry smartphones has today announced its third quarter earnings report and posted an income of $2.7 billion which is a 48% decline from last year’s $5.2 billion in the same quarter.
While the revenue is important for sure, the main cause of concern for the Canadian giant is that the company lost 1 million users during the quarter.
This is the first time that RIM has lost subscribers in the history of the company. The company had 80 million users three months back and currently has 79 million users worldwide.
The company shipped 6.9 million handsets and 255,000 PlayBooks in the Q3 which according to the officials were sold at a heavy discount. While RIM lost many users in the US, it did gain many in developing nations like India.
Also, it might have been the case that many new users who actually wish to opt in for Blackberry are delaying their purchase and will go ahead with the BB10 OS on which RIM is betting a lot and will officially launch on January 30th, 2013.