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Reports shows BlackBerry market share almost zero in major global markets

According to reports from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech that were recently released, BlackBerry market share has taken a huge turn for the worst in recent months. Following the strategic sale and potential buyout, BlackBerry has been turning heads, and now, many are seeing that it is for all the wrong reasons. Shortly following the firing of CEO Thorsten Heins and an executive upheaval, Kantar released a report showing that in major markets across the world, BlackBerry has an almost non-existent market share. 

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Enterprise and Government Customers Can Save Money on BlackBerry 7 Smartphones with New “Trade-Up and Recycle Program”

Waterloo, ON – A new program from Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) can save enterprise and government customers on the costs of upgrading to BlackBerry® 7 smartphones while also helping with the responsible recycling of old devices. RIM announced today that it is working with e-Cycle LLC to offer a new trade-up and recycle program to customers in the United States.  Under the program, enterprise and government customers can get a rebate of up to $100 per device purchased when they trade in an older BlackBerry smartphone for the purchase of a new BlackBerry 7 smartphone*. “RIM is pleased to work with e-Cycle to help customers upgrade their older BlackBerry smartphones to the latest BlackBerry 7 models, while also helping to facilitate responsible recycling,” said Richard Piasentin, Managing Director for the U.S. at RIM. 

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RIM Announces Winners of the BlackBerry EMEA Innovation Awards 2011

Alicante, Spain – Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced the winners of the BlackBerry® EMEA Innovation Awards 2011. Now in their fourth year, the awards are the highlight of the annual BlackBerry® EMEA Alliance Summit, recognising and rewarding organisations from within the  BlackBerry® Alliance Programme in Europe, the Middle East and Africa that have delivered compelling, value-added applications and services to customers using the BlackBerry® platform. Each of the seven category winners has demonstrated excellence by creating innovative applications that provide tangible benefits to public or private sector organisations, SMEs or consumers. This year sees the introduction of a new category specifically to recognise solutions for the BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet. Winners were selected by an independent panel of eleven judges comprising of industry experts, journalists and customers. For the first time this year, a People’s Choice award features amongst the categories. Voted for by fans and followers via the BlackBerry Facebook and Twitter channels across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, the People’s Choice award recognises the most popular free app available on BlackBerry® App World™. CATEGORY WINNERS:

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RIM Offers Free Premium Apps to Customers following Service Interruptions

[blackbirdpie url=”http://twitter.com/#!/BlackBerry/status/125855684049899520″] Waterloo, ON – Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) announced today that a selection of premium apps worth a total value of more than US $100 will be offered free of charge to subscribers as an expression of appreciation for their patience during the recent service disruptions. The apps will be made available to customers over the coming weeks on BlackBerry® App World™ and will continue to be available until December 31, 2011.* “Our global network supports the communications needs of more than 70 million customers,” said RIM Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis. “We truly appreciate and value our relationship with our customers.  We’ve worked hard to earn their trust over the past 12 years, and we’re committed to providing the high standard of reliability they expect, today and in the future.” The complete selection of premium apps will become available to download at BlackBerry App World over a period of four weeks beginning Wednesday, October 19th.  The selections over this period will include the following (with more to come):

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RIM to Host BlackBerry DevCon Americas 2011

Waterloo, ON – Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) will host BlackBerry® DevCon Americas (www.blackberrydevcon.com/americas) from October 18 to 20, 2011 in San Francisco, California. New and existing BlackBerry® application developers will get an opportunity to interact and learn from RIM and community experts about the latest development technologies for the BlackBerry® platform.   BlackBerry DevCon Americas provides an excellent opportunity for mobile developers to interact with BlackBerry platform experts and gain insight into trends in mobile development, the future of the BlackBerry platform and helpful tips for building with BlackBerry tools. Attendees will discover the opportunity that exists on the BlackBerry platform and learn about the potential to build differentiated apps that appeal to a growing audience of BlackBerry smartphone and tablet users.   Sessions BlackBerry DevCon Americas will feature over 100 sessions and offer attendees a variety of industry and BlackBerry platform related content. Birds of a Feather sessions, the Ask the Experts area and collaborative roundtables will offer attendees the chance to connect with BlackBerry platform experts one-on-one.   Attendees will also be able to take advantage of the interactive instructor-led sessions that are designed to help them get hands-on experience with the latest technology including: WebKit and BlackBerry® HTML5 WebWorks™ Platform Development for both smartphones and tablet; Java® Development for BlackBerry® 7 OS; BlackBerry® PlayBook™ Tablet OS Development – Native SDK, Adobe® AIR®, Adobe® Flash® and BlackBerry tools for Android; BlackBerry Platform Services; BBM™ Social Platform and more.   View the Session Catalog at www.blackberrydevcon.com/americas/session-catalog:

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T-Mobile unveils new global design retail stores

Mobile Viewing T-Mobile is excited to unveil a new global design concept for nearly 400 retail stores across the US. The refreshed design offers customers an improved shopping experience as they visit stores for T-Mobile’s exceptional – and affordable – products and services, all running on America’s Largest 4G Network(tm). Featuring private customer service desks, large-screen digital displays and a new, improved merchandise layout, customers will now enjoy an easier, more convenient shopping experience. Read the full Press Release below:

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BlackBerry Partners Fund announces the winners of the Most Innovative BlackBerry WebWorks app for the BlackBerry Platform

The BlackBerry Partners Fund has announced the winners of the Most Innovative BlackBerry® WebWorks™ app for the BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet and BlackBerry® smartphone competition. Developers were required to submit an application for the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet and the same (or companion) application for the BlackBerry smartphone, designed for BlackBerry® 6 or higher. The winning entries selected by region are:

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RIM launches the BlackBerry Torch 9860 in Qatar, Bahrain & the Kingdom of Saudia Arabia

Doha, Qatar – Research In Motion (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced the launch of the new BlackBerry® Torch™ 9860 smartphone, which features the new BlackBerry® 7 operating system and a stylish new all-touch handset design. With a spectacular 3.7” display, the largest ever on a BlackBerry® smartphone, the new all-touch BlackBerry Torch 9860 smartphone is optimized for displaying web pages, photos and videos, as well as delivering powerful gaming experiences. It also delivers the highly refined, real-time communications and collaboration experience loved by millions of BlackBerry smartphone users around the world. Riyadh, KSA – Research In Motion (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced the launch of the new BlackBerry® Torch™ 9860 smartphone, which features the new BlackBerry® 7 operating system and a stylish new all-touch handset design. With a spectacular 3.7” display, the largest ever on a BlackBerry® smartphone, the new all-touch BlackBerry Torch 9860 smartphone is optimized for displaying web pages, photos and videos, as well as delivering powerful gaming experiences. It also delivers the highly refined, real-time communications and collaboration experience loved by millions of BlackBerry smartphone users around the world. 

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BlackBerry’s issued to 850 South West Trains guards in drive to improve passenger communication

According to reports, South West Trains announced plans to provide BlackBerry devices to more than 850 of its front line customer service staff in efforts to improve real-time communication with passengers. BlackBerry devices will be issued to all South West Trains guards, as well as a number of frontline staff, including station managers and many platform staff.  Guard on every train service will have access to better information  Follows feedback from passengers about the need for improved information  Part of package of customer information improvements

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RIM to Announce Second Quarter Fiscal 2012 Results on September 15, 2011

Press Release: Waterloo, ON – Research In Motion Limited (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) will be reporting results for the second quarter of fiscal 2012 on September 15, 2011 after the close of the market.  A conference call and live webcast will be held beginning at 5 pm ET. The call can be accessed by dialing 1-877-974-0445 or through your personal computer or BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet at www.rim.com/investors/events/index.shtml. A replay of the conference call will also be available at approximately 7 pm by dialing (+1)416-640-1917 and entering passcode 4466490#. A replay of the webcast will be available on your personal computer or BlackBerry PlayBook tablet by clicking the link above. This replay will be available until midnight ET September 29, 2011. About Research In Motion

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BlackBerry Smart Card Reader Achieves Advanced Security Certification for U.S. Federal Government

Waterloo, ON – Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) announced today that the BlackBerry Smart Card Reader™ has achieved FIPS 140-2 certification level 3 – the highest certification achieved by any wireless smart card reader on the market. Smart cards support security programs like the U.S. Department of Defense’s Common Access Card (CAC) program and the Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12) which calls for a mandatory, government-wide standard for secure and reliable forms of identification issued by the federal government to its employees and to the employees of federal contractors. FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standard) certifications are assigned by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce. “Our customers value the robust security provided with BlackBerry products and services and smart card readers are particularly important within the government sector,” said Scott Totzke, Senior Vice President, BlackBerry Security at Research In Motion. “This advanced certification of the BlackBerry Smart Card Reader for the U.S. Federal Government demonstrates our ongoing commitment to meet and exceed the expectations of our government customers.”

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Press Release: Research In Motion Announces Retirement of Don Morrison

Waterloo, ON – Research In Motion Limited (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) (RIM) announced today that Don Morrison, currently on temporary medical leave, is planning to retire from his position as Chief Operating Officer, BlackBerry following more than ten years of service with RIM. “We thank Don for his outstanding service to RIM. We understand and respect his decision to retire after successfully dealing with a serious medical challenge and we wish him a quick recovery,” stated Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis, Co-CEOs at RIM.  “Don’s presence at RIM will be missed, but our senior management and sales teams had already stepped up to manage Don’s responsibilities since the commencement of his medical leave and we’re confident in the ability of those teams to continue Don’s tradition of success going forward.”

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Spotify Invite Giveaway!

The Swedish-based music streaming company that has taken over all over Europe has finally landed in America. Its decision to launch in America had taken forever due to long lasting negotiations. Getting an invitation means you don’t have to pay a single cent if you don’t want, and you’ll get six months of unlimited music streaming. After discussing its amazing pros with Kris, we decided to why not reward our readers with an invite, so they themselves can experience the magic.

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