In 1993, RIM introduced the RIMGate, the first general purpose Mobitex X.25 gateway.

As of December 1, 2012, the company had 79 million Black Berry users globally Even as the company continued to grow worldwide, investors and media became increasingly alarmed about the company's ability to compete with devices from rival mobile operating systems i OS and Android.

Analysts were also worried about the strategic direction of the co-CEOs' management structure.

In March 2011, Research In Motion Ltd.’s then-co-CEO Jim Balsillie suggested during a conference call that the "launch of some powerful new Black Berrys" (eventually released as Black Berry 10) would be in early 2012.

However analysts were "worried that promoting the mysterious, supposedly game-changing devices too early might hurt sales of existing Black Berrys" (similar to the Osborne effect).

In 1991, RIM introduced the first Mobitex protocol converter.

In 1992, RIM introduced the first Mobitex point-of-sale solution, a protocol converter box that interfaced with existing point-of-sale terminal equipment to enable wireless communication.The Black Berry Play Book was officially released to U. Following the shipments of 900,000 tablets during its first three quarters on market, slow sales and inventory pileups prompted the company to reduce prices and to write down the inventory value by 5 million.The primary competitors of the Black Berry are smartphones running Android and the Apple i Phone, with Microsoft's Windows Phone platform emerging as a more recent competitor.As the i Phone and Google Android accelerated growth in the United States, the Black Berry began to turn to other smartphone platforms.Nonetheless, the Black Berry line as a whole continued to enjoy success, spurred on by strong international growth.The Black Berry OS platform and BES continued to increase in functionality—while the incorporation of encryption and S/MIME support helped Black Berry devices gain increased usage by governments and businesses.