As of January 2013, the RIM brand no longer exists. Research In Motion Ltd. made a decision change name to blackberry — in honor of his legendary brand.
Canadian manufacturer of wireless devices; the creator of smartphones known almost all over the world blackberry, revered by many as the best business solution. In addition to devices, the company provides its customers with software for them and the necessary services.
The company was founded (its name translates as "research in motion") in 1984. It was then that student Mike Lazaridis, a Greek by birth, who emigrated to Canada in 1967, obtained a subsidy from the Canadian government to establish his own company. What he did, dropping out of school and inviting two friends to participate in the case. So, in 1985 there was an officially registered Research In Motion Ltd.
The company initially worked in the field of communications. The software and hardware parts were developed. Moreover, the founders were especially interested in wireless technologies. Initially, I had to work only for other companies, gradually expanding the "circle of acquaintances", which gradually began to include eminent manufacturers. So one of the early orders came from General Motors of Canada Ltd. By the end of the 80s, the company's turnover was already a million dollars. In January 1992 Ericsson introduced its first radio modem, which was developed by order of the company Hewlett Packard - so, the software for it was created R.I.M..
|BlackBerry 5810 (2002)|
A huge role in the development of the company was played by financier Jim Balsillie, who took over as head of the company in 1995. It was under his leadership Research In Motion made a qualitative leap, managed to engage in the production of its own products. The very first device was the Freedom radio modem. In 1997, the company begins to create pagers equipped with large screens and QWERTY keyboards. And in 1999, the first smartphones under the brand appeared. blackberry. The first model capable of making calls was the BlackBerry 5810. True, it did not have a built-in speaker and microphone, and it was required to use a special headset to communicate. But that was only the beginning. Today, in the United States, smartphones blackberry sold in tens of millions of pieces, second only to iPhone. Needless to say, in May 2010 the company entered the top five largest mobile phone manufacturers, displacing the legendary Motorola.
And not just devices. Realizing that users need something more than bare hardware, the company begins to actively develop a variety of services that are so important for business users. Since then, many famous people in the United States have been on the list of users of the company's devices. The company's annual revenues began to run into the billions. In 2008 Research In Motion was named Canada's Best Employer. Since April 2010, the company owns a real-time operating system QNXby buying it from Harman International.
In our country the name R.I.M. still says little to anyone, although many are already familiar with blackberry. It is very likely that this state of affairs will continue for quite a long time.
The company's head office is located in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada). It employs about 12,000 people worldwide.