Blackberry sales getting higher

Research In Motion, the company behind the Blackberry, has reported that its second-quarter profits have more than doubled, on the back of a surge in subscriber numbers. There are now more than 10m users round the world. Looks like the old ‘Crackberry’ epidemic is as rife as ever.

Indeed, the company added 1.45m Blackberry subscribers in that period. As a result, the Canadian firm made a net profit of $287.7m for the three months to 1 September, compared with $140.2m for the same period last year. Second-quarter revenues also more than doubled, hitting $1.37bn.

Harmless profits? Perhaps. But there’s always a loser. An American university study last year found Blackberries and similar handheld email devices to be as addictive as drugs, and that weaning unfortunate addicts away from their vice can often require similar treatment. 

But the perils go beyond desperate businessmen ducking into dark alleyways to get their email fix. This summer, officials working in the French president’s and prime minister’s offices were ordered not to use Blackberries, amid fears that they could be susceptible to foreign spying – as the device uses UK- and US-based servers. Sounds a little paranoid perhaps...

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