Much has been said about RIM's "decline" in the mobile industry. For most of us, "market share" is a curse word and comparisons with Palm's downfall just bring on arguments. Amid all this, RIM has continued to work and continued to push forward their existing line up of BlackBerry 7 devices to all part of the world, and apparently it's had some good effects.
During this morning's keynote, Thorsten Heins talked about the existing base of BlackBerry people, and how now we are 80 million strong. We wont know exact details until Thursday's earnings call, but this definitely comes as a surprise to some that firmly believed RIM would be announcing its first decline in user base in two days.
This number shouldn't be measured against other devices or manufacturers as it would clearly pale in comparison, but instead be looked at from the standpoint that if RIM could do this with BlackBerry 7, imagine what they'll be able to do with the mobile powerhouse that is BlackBerry 10.