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Operator Billing

December 9th, 2011

Today we would like to talk about that Indosat to Operator billing BlackBerry App World.

Customers will be able to apply their BlackBerry App World purchases directly to their monthly bill from Indosat

Operator billing will allow Indosat’s BlackBerry customers to conveniently and securely purchase apps from BlackBerry App World and charge the purchases directly to their Indosat bill. Customers will also be able to charge in-app purchases to their Indosat bill, which allows for the purchase of digital goods, such as additional content or more levels to a game, to be made without interrupting the application experience.

About Research In Motion
Research In Motion (RIM), a global leader in wireless innovation, revolutionized the mobile industry with the introduction of the BlackBerry® solution in 1999. Today, BlackBerry products and services are used by millions of customers around the world to stay connected to the people and content that matter most throughout their day. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM operates offices in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. RIM is listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market (NASDAQ: RIMM) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RIM). For more information, visit www.rim.com or www.BlackBerry.com

Forward-looking statements in this news release are made pursuant to the "safe harbor" provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and applicable Canadian securities laws. When used herein, words such as "expect", "anticipate", "estimate",  "may",  "will", "should", "intend," "believe", and similar expressions, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on estimates and assumptions made by RIM in light of its experience and its perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors that RIM believes are appropriate in the circumstances. Many factors could cause RIM’s actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements, including those described in the "Risk Factors" section of RIM’s Annual Information Form, which is included in its Annual Report on Form 40-F (copies of which filings may be obtained at www.sedar.com or www.sec.gov). These factors should be considered carefully, and readers should not place undue reliance on RIM’s forward-looking statements. RIM has no intention and undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

The BlackBerry and RIM families of related marks, images and symbols are the exclusive properties and trademarks of Research In Motion Limited.  RIM, Research In Motion and BlackBerry are registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and may be pending or registered in other countries. All other brands, product names,company names, trademarks and service marks are the properties of their respective owners. RIM assumes no obligations or liability and makes no representation, warranty, endorsement or guarantee in relation to any aspect of any third party products or services.

Any comment on this topic would be much appreciated.

RIM Announces The BlackBerry Curve 9380 and Bold 9790!

November 25th, 2011

Research In Motion Expands BlackBerry 7 Portfolio with the New BlackBerry Bold 9790 and BlackBerry Curve 9380 Smartphones

Jakarta, Indonesia and Waterloo, ON – Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced two new smartphones based on the BlackBerry® 7 operating system (OS) – the BlackBerry® Bold™ 9790 and BlackBerry® Curve™ 9380.

Both smartphones offer enhanced communications, multimedia, productivity and social connectivity features together with slim and stylish designs. The BlackBerry Bold 9790 features an iconic design that seamlessly integrates a highly tactile keyboard, optical trackpad and high resolution touch display. The BlackBerry Curve 9380 is the first-ever BlackBerry® Curve™ smartphone with an all-touch display.

“We are very excited to expand the BlackBerry 7 portfolio with the new BlackBerry Bold 9790 and BlackBerry Curve 9380,” said Carlo Chiarello, Senior Vice President, Handheld Product Management at Research In Motion. “BlackBerry smartphones offer a uniquely refined mobile communications experience that people love and we think many customers will be thrilled by the faster performance, beautiful touch displays and sleek designs available with these new BlackBerry 7 based models.”

BlackBerry Bold 9790 Smartphone with Touch Display and Keyboard

Built with premium materials and finishes, the BlackBerry Bold 9790 smartphone combines a highly tactile keyboard with a high-resolution and highly responsive touch display and a precise optical trackpad, all in a narrow design that is easy to carry and very comfortable to hold.  With the BlackBerry 7 OS and a powerful 1GHz processor, the BlackBerry Bold 9790 delivers fast, smooth performance for web browsing, working with documents, and enjoying multimedia. It includes 8GB of onboard memory and an expandable memory card slot that supports up to 32 GB of additional storage.

All-Touch BlackBerry Curve 9380 Smartphone

The finely crafted BlackBerry Curve 9380 is the first all-touch smartphone in the BlackBerry Curve family. It features a highly responsive and brilliant 3.2” high resolution display and comes with preinstalled social networking apps, including BBM™ (BlackBerry® Messenger), Facebook®, Twitter™ and Social Feeds apps, that offer a smoothly integrated mobile experience. It also has a 5MP camera with flash and video recording allowing users to easily capture and share their favorite moments with their family, friends and colleagues.

Powerful BlackBerry 7 OS

The BlackBerry Bold 9790 and BlackBerry Curve 9380 are both powered by the new BlackBerry 7 OS, which delivers a faster and richer user experience with improved browsing, voice-activated searches, and support for Augmented Reality and NFC (Near Field Communications). It also includes the ability to manage personal content separately from corporate content, and comes with a variety of personal and productivity apps out of the box.

BlackBerry 7 also introduces an enhanced browser that provides a significantly faster, more fluid web browsing experience. The browser includes a new JIT (just in time) JavaScript compiler to improve the load time speed of web pages and it offers optimized HTML5 performance for incredible gaming and video experiences. The popular universal search capability has also been enhanced with support for voice-activated search, so users can simply speak to begin searching their device and the web for information.

The BlackBerry Bold 9790 and BlackBerry Curve 9380 smartphones include built-in support for Augmented Reality and NFC, allowing users to connect with the world around them in fresh new ways. With the Wikitude Augmented Reality application, users can find nearby BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) contacts in real-time, read reviews on restaurants close to them, or get the story behind an interesting landmark and points of interest. NFC also enables many new and exciting capabilities, including the ability to make mobile payments, pair accessories or read SmartPoster tags with a simple tap of the smartphone.

BlackBerry 7 includes a number of preinstalled applications and integrated functionality for increasing productivity and easy sharing and collaboration right out of the box. The Premium version of Documents To Go is included free of charge, offering users powerful document editing features as well as a native PDF document viewer. BlackBerry® Protect is pre-loaded*, offering customers the peace of mind that personal data can be backed up and secured in the cloud.  BlackBerry® Balance is integrated in BlackBerry 7, allowing users to enjoy the full BlackBerry smartphone experience for both work and personal purposes without compromising the IT department’s need for advanced security and IT controls. The Social Feeds (2.0) app has been extended to capture updates from media and favorites all in one consolidated view. The Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones (2.0) app introduces features like Facebook chat and BBM integration that makes it easier for users to connect with their Facebook friends in real time.

Availability

The BlackBerry Bold 9790 and BlackBerry Curve 9380 smartphones will begin to be available from various carriers around the world over the coming weeks. Availability dates for specific devices from specific carriers will be announced in conjunction with RIM’s partners.

Additional Information

* BlackBerry Protect will be pre-loaded where available. Check with your local operator for availability.

About Research In Motion

Research In Motion (RIM), a global leader in wireless innovation, revolutionized the mobile industry with the introduction of the BlackBerry® solution in 1999. Today, BlackBerry products and services are used by millions of customers around the world to stay connected to the people and content that matter most throughout their day. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM operates offices in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. RIM is listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market (NASDAQ: RIMM) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RIM). For more information, visit www.rim.com or www.blackberry.com.

Forward-looking statements in this news release are made pursuant to the “safe harbor” provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and applicable Canadian securities laws.  When used herein, words such as “expect”, “anticipate”, “estimate”,  “may”,  “will”, “should”, “intend,” “believe”, and similar expressions, are intended to identify forward-looking statements.  Forward-looking statements are based on estimates and assumptions made by RIM in light of its experience and its perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors that RIM believes are appropriate in the circumstances.  Many factors could cause RIM’s actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements, including those described in the “Risk Factors” section of RIM’s Annual Information Form, which is included in its Annual Report on Form 40-F (copies of which filings may be obtained at www.sedar.com or www.sec.gov).  These factors should be considered carefully, and readers should not place undue reliance on RIM’s forward-looking statements.  RIM has no intention and undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

The BlackBerry and RIM families of related marks, images and symbols are the exclusive properties and trademarks of Research In Motion Limited. RIM, Research In Motion and BlackBerry are registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and may be pending or registered in other countries. All other brands, product names, company names, trademarks and service marks are the properties of their respective owners. RIM assumes no obligations or liability and makes no representation, warranty, endorsement or guarantee in relation to any aspect of any third party products or services.

Inventor of BlackBerry Messenger!

October 21st, 2011

Gary Klassen, Inventor of BlackBerry Messenger

Ever wonder who actually invented BlackBerry Messenger? You’re looking at him above. That’s Gary Klassen, a Software Developer at Research In Motion for over 10 years now, and he is the man who literally wrote the code for version 1.0 of BlackBerry Messenger. Seriously, this guy is a celebrity in my book. Statues should be erected in Gary’s honor.  

We all know BlackBerry Messenger is one of the biggest hooks the BlackBerry platform has. Research In Motion originally made its mark in the world with push email, but in recent years it is BBM that has become the killer feature the company gets the most kudos for. Especially in the consumer space, BlackBerry Messenger is the must-have application that attracts people to buying a BlackBerry Smartphone and keeps them from switching to another platform when it comes time to upgrade. I’m not going to try and calculate where RIM would be today if they did not have BBM – all I know is they would not be in nearly as good a position.

Companies are made of people and all too often it’s the company itself and/or its founders who get to reap the credit for innovations produced. 

The Introduction of BBX

October 19th, 2011

Lazaridis took the stage to kick off DevCon with a keynote that started off talking about the growth of the platform. He talked about the increase in subscriber base, BBM users and the benefits of being a developer for the BlackBerry platform. Some of the numbers include 70 million subscribers, 25 million downloads of BBM apps (foursquare had 200,000 downloads in one day) and something like 80 million BBM users. The biggest announcement so far is the introduction of BBX, the combination of QNX and BlackBerry.

BBX

BBX is the combination of QNX and BlackBerry and Lazaridis says this is a huge transition for the company. “The whole company is aligning behind a single platform and vision” says Mike. The new BBX will take the best of QNX and the best of BlackBerry to create a single OS that can service a wide range of devices and use cases.

The new BBX will allow for a range of managed devices in the cloud. It’s a pretty amazing unified vision. It will include everything from PlayBook, to smartphones, Enterprize and Cloud services, and embedded systems like cars.

HTML 5 is a big part of the platform and is described as “the bridge between BlackBerry 6, BlackBerry 7 and BBX.” The idea is that you can write once and deploy everywhere, on all platforms.

Generally, RIM has made a huge push to give developers zero reason to bring their apps over to the BlackBerry Platform. We’ll have more to show you very shortly.

About Research In Motion

Research In Motion (RIM), a global leader in wireless innovation, revolutionized the mobile industry with the introduction of the BlackBerry solution in 1999. Today, BlackBerry products and services are used by millions of customers around the world to stay connected to the people and content that matter most throughout their day. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM operates offices in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. RIM is listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market (NASDAQ:RIMM) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX:RIM). For more information, visit www.rim.com or www.blackberry.com.

The Story of A BB Community Manager

June 27th, 2011

mitchell-desk

 

If you want to learn what is a Community Manager? I think from the following story, you will be suddenly enlightened.Perhaps there are many people have read the story of this person who named Mitchell S. After reading Mitchell story. I would like to share this story with more people.

Mitchell has a day life of working as one member of Social Media team at Research In Motion® (RIM®). As we all know, the Social Media team at Research In Motion® (RIM®) is always working diligently to provide you people with latest information about new products, upcoming events, and maybe the most important thing: giveaways!

His favorite thing is to see pictures fans submit that they have taken on a BlackBerry device.

Regarding a daily routine, Mitchell S usually starts a day by do a nice amazing tiny at the gym which is located in right across the street from his office building. After that, he often heads to his wonderful cubicle with an assortment of personalized items – one of which is a big tub of protein powder. People will know this possibly has no surprise.

Every the day, at the first hours in the morning, Mitchell S often gives a glance at such interpersonal mass media channels as Facebook,Twitter. Because he wants to find the eyesight from this interpersonal mass media channels and creates possibilities to communicate with BlackBerry Team. You maybe do not believe it that he often makes an effort to preserve a pulse concerning the neighborhood by identifying subjects of interest, ensuring that individuals are getting assisted by their near friends at BlackBerryHelp.

From Mitchell’s story, people will more learn about the BlackBerry Team’s team service. Of course, perhaps there will more people like BB as well as BB Apps.

Press Release: Research In Motion Reports Year-End and Fourth Quarter Results for Fiscal 2011

March 25th, 2011

rim RIM has announced their Year-End and 4th Quarter results for Fiscal 2011. Read the full press release below for more details.

Press Release

Research In Motion Reports Year-End and Fourth Quarter Results for Fiscal 2011

 

WATERLOO, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – March 24, 2011) – Research In Motion Limited (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM), a world leader in the mobile communications market, today reported fourth quarter results for the three months and fiscal year ended February 26, 2011 (all figures in U.S. dollars and U.S. GAAP).

Highlights:

  • Record BlackBerry® smartphone shipments of 52.3 million grew 43% over fiscal 2010
  • Fiscal 2011 revenue grew 33% over fiscal 2010 to $19.9 billion and earnings per share grew 47% over the prior fiscal year to $6.34 per share diluted
  • Ongoing investment in PlayBook and QNX-based platform development in Q1 with PlayBook launch date of April 19th
  • BlackBerry was the number one selling smartphone brand in the United States1, Canada1, Latin America1 and the UK2 for calendar 2010

Q4 and Fiscal 2011 Results: Revenue for the fiscal year ended February 26, 2011 was $19.9 billion, up 33% from $15 billion last year. Revenue for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011 was $5.6 billion, up 1% from $5.5 billion in the previous quarter and up 36% from $4.1 billion in the same quarter of last year. The revenue breakdown for the quarter was approximately 81% for devices, 16% for service, and 3% for software and other revenue. During the quarter, RIM shipped approximately 14.9 million BlackBerry smartphones for a total of 52.3 million smartphones in fiscal 2011.

"We are pleased to report record shipments and financial performance in fiscal 2011," said Jim Balsillie, Co-CEO at Research In Motion. "As we enter fiscal 2012, RIM is in an excellent position to benefit from the continuing convergence of the mobile communications and mobile computing markets. We are laying a strong foundation for RIM’s expanding market opportunity through focused investments and we are extremely excited about our smartphone, tablet and platform roadmaps."

Net income for fiscal 2011 was $3.4 billion, or $6.34 per share diluted, up 47% over fiscal 2010. The Company’s net income for the quarter was $934 million, or $1.78 per share diluted, compared with net income of $911 million, or $1.74 per share diluted, in the prior quarter and net income of $710 million, or $1.27 per share diluted, in the same quarter last year.

The total of cash, cash equivalents, short-term and long-term investments was $2.7 billion as of February 26, 2011, compared to $2.5 billion at the end of the previous quarter, an increase of $227 million from the prior quarter. Cash flow from operations in Q4 was approximately $1.0 billion. Uses of cash included intangible asset additions of approximately $365 million, capital expenditures of approximately $304 million and business acquisitions of approximately $161 million.


FY2012 and Q1 Outlook:
For the full year fiscal 2012, RIM expects earnings per share to be in excess of $7.50 fully diluted. Revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2012 ending May 28, 2011 is expected to be in the range of $5.2-$5.6 billion. Gross margin percentage for the first quarter is expected to be approximately 41.5%. Earnings per share for the first quarter are expected to be in the range of $1.47 -$1.55 per share diluted. This guidance range reflects a mix shift in handset towards lower ASP products in the first quarter and an increased level of investment in Research and Development and Sales and Marketing related to our tablet and platform initiatives. The guidance range is slightly wider than normal to reflect the risk of potential disruption in RIM’s supply chain as a result of the recent earthquake in Japan.

Conference Call and Webcast: A conference call and live webcast will be held beginning at 5 pm ET, March 24, 2011, which can be accessed by dialing 1-800-814-4859 (North America), 416-644-3414 (outside North America). The replay of the company’s Q4 conference call can be accessed after 7 pm ET, March 24, 2011 until midnight ET, April 7, 2011. It can be accessed by dialing 416-640-1917 and entering passcode 4310316#. The conference call will also appear on the RIM website live at 5 pm ET and will be archived at http://www.rim.com/investors/events/index.shtml.

About Research In Motion (RIM)

Research In Motion (RIM), a global leader in wireless innovation, revolutionized the mobile industry with the introduction of the BlackBerry(R) solution in 1999. Today, BlackBerry products and services are used by millions of customers around the world to stay connected to the people and content that matter most throughout their day. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM operates offices in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. RIM is listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market (NASDAQ:RIMM) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX:RIM). For more information, visitwww.rim.com or www.blackberry.com.

BlackBerry Messenger Social Platform Now in Beta!

March 15th, 2011

bbm At BlackBerry DEVCON 2010, Research In Motion (RIM) announced the BlackBerry® Messenger (BBM™) Social Platform. Now, the BlackBerry Messenger Social Platform has officially gone into public beta. With this beta release, Java Developers have the ability to accomplish the following:

  • Access and update fields in the user’s profile such as status, avatar and personal message;
  • Create their own custom areas within the user’s profile for promoting recent application activity or storing trophies and achievements;
  • Initiate and embed chats with friends;
  • Initiate application-to-application background communication through BBM for sending and receiving application instructions, such as moves in a game or any other application state changes;
  • Initiate file transfers;
  • The ability to share applications virally with friends in their contact list.
    To get started with the BBM Social Platform beta and review all the features supported, head over to BlackBerry Developer Zone’s BBM Social Platform page.

Rumor: BlackBerry Messenger Coming to Android and iOS Devices?

March 4th, 2011

BBM BGR just announced an exclusive that RIM is planning to bring its popular BlackBerry Messenger App to Android and iOS devices according to some “trusted sources”. According to BGR, RIM has not finalized the release dates or pricing yet, the company might release the application for free to all users.

Here are some details quoted from BGR:

As far as what Android and iOS users can look forward to, we’ve been told RIM will offer stripped down versions of the BBM experience BlackBerry owners know and love. That way, Android and iOS users can communicate with practically anyone who has a smartphone using BBM, but they might not be able to share photos, location, or videos (when RIM crosses that bridge). Users who want the full BlackBerry Messenger experience will still need a BlackBerry smartphone to get it. At the same time, RIM could own the entire messaging app category on every major smartphone OS platform and could potentially draw new users in because it has given them a taste of what BlackBerry Messenger is all about.

Right now, we have heard that Android is definitely a go. But again, we’re not sure on timing, though our sources are confident that it will launch some time this year. RIM chose Android first because of the fact that it could develop and integrate something like this much easier with an open platform, but the plan is to build and deploy an iOS version at some point as well.

I don’t know if this is a good thing for RIM or not? What do you think if BBM could be used on any other platforms?