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RIM loses BlackBerry subscribers for first time

Friday - 12/21/2012, 7:52am  ET

FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2012 file photo, Thorsten Heins, President and CEO of Research in Motion, gestures while talking about the messenger capabilities of the new BlackBerry 10 at the BlackBerry Jam Americas conference in San Jose, Calif. BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion, which is already struggling with plunging sales, on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 said it lost subscribers for the first time in the latest quarter, as the global number of BlackBerry users dipped to 79 million and the stock plunged in after hours after the company said it will change the way it shares revenue with carriers. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

ROB GILLIES
Associated Press

TORONTO (AP) -- Research In Motion's stock plunged in after-hours trading Thursday after the BlackBerry maker said it plans to change the way it charges fees.

RIM also announced that it lost subscribers for the first time in the latest quarter, as the global number of BlackBerry users dipped to 79 million.

In a rare positive sign, the Canadian company added to its cash position during the quarter as it prepared to launch new smartphones on Jan. 30. The new devices are deemed critical to the company's survival.

RIM's stock initially jumped more than 8 percent in after-hours trading on that news, but then fell $1.48, or 10.4 percent, to $12.65 after RIM said on a conference call that it won't generate as much revenue from telecommunications carriers once it releases the new BlackBerry 10 platform.

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