RIM becomes fourth biggest phonemaker in the world

RIM's popular BlackBerry Bold QWERTY candybar

Even though it may feel like Apple is taking the mobile world by storm, the Cupertino-based company doesn’t even crack the top five when it comes to global sales. A Canadian company, however, has cracked the top five, and that’s none other than Research in Motion.

This is huge news for the BlackBerry-maker, because Research in Motion is the only smartphone-focused cell phone company to make it into the top five internationally. The other four companies in the list — Nokia, Samsung, LG, and Sony Ericsson — have more of their handset sales outside of the smartphone realm. They do “feature phones” and “budget phones” for emerging markets, for example.  But when it comes down to rapid deployment, corporate workforce, and security, RIM takes the cake.

According to the IDC, Research in Motion shipped a total of 10.6 million units in the first quarter of this year. That represents a 3.6% international market share and an impressive year-over-year growth of 45.2%. BlackBerry is very much on the rise.

Not surprisingly, Nokia is still tops with nearly 108 million units shipped in Q1 2010. That’s with 15.7% year-over-year growth and a 36.6% market share.

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