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Battered RIM sees uptick in BlackBerry subscribers

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(Read caption) The RIM subscriber count has actually climbed in recent months, RIM says. Here, a pile of BlackBerry phones.

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The past couple of years have not been particularly kind to RIM, the Canada-based maker of the BlackBerry smartphone line. The PlayBook tablet flopped; global sales shrank; workers were laid off; and Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis, formerly the RIM co-CEOs, were pushed out in favor of COO Thorsten Heins. Cue the takeover rumors and the snarky obituaries for a company that once sat at the top of the smartphone game. 

But according to Reuters, those obits may have been a little premature. RIM tells Reuters today that its subscriber base has actually climbed as of late – from 78 million at the beginning of 2012 to 80 million now. Reuters reports that many of the new RIM subscribers are in emerging markets, such as India, "where consumers are much more price conscious and where RIM's much-admired BlackBerry messaging platform gives it a big edge."


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