BlackBerry Maker On a Sales Roll

Consumer demand means RIM ends 2007 on a revenue high
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 21, 2007 12:26 AM CST
BlackBerries have been around for year, but mostly in the corporate world. It's only recently that makers Research In Motion have started making a big push for consumer sales with new models.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Blackberry maker Research in Motion is seeing its sales and profits soar, CNN reports. Third-quarter results show revenue has doubled from a year ago and the Canadian company looks set to end the year on a high. Much of the growth is credited to Blackberry use expanding beyond its corporate base and into the hands of mainstream consumers.

"Consumers want smarter handheld devices," a tech analyst commented, "RIM was smart enough to see this trend early." The quarterly results are ahead of Wall Street expectations and will likely allay fears that RIM would be hit by an economic slowdown and competition from the iPhone. The firm's stock leaped more than 10% following the news.