BlackBerry store in Boston closes, more U.S. outlets might follow suit
Believe it or not, RIM is still doing well in some parts of the world. That explains why the company wants to expand its market presence by opening retail stores in places like India, Dubai, and other markets across Asia. In the U.S. however, things aren't looking all that great. After the rumors about 3000 RIM employees that are about to be let go, we are now led to believe that a number of BlackBerry stores across the country will be closing doors.
In fact, RIM has already confirmed that the BlackBerry branded Wireless Giant store in Boston has been closed down. Whether any of the remaining outlets will follow is still a mystery, although that isn't out of the question given the company's dwindling U.S. market share. Rumor has it that BlackBerry stores located in 9 U.S. airports will be closed too, which isn't too surprising since the company's new CEO, Thorsten Heins, has mentioned that opening them might have been a bit of a bad idea.
We can safely assume that by shutting down some of its U.S. BlackBerry branded outlets, RIM is aiming to trim down its expenses. Even one of the company's jets might be sold in effort to cut costs by as much as $1 billion annually. What RIM is currently heavily focused on is delivering its next-gen smartphones based on the BlackBerry 10 OS platform. That, however, is expected to happen no earlier than 2013. Hopefully, all the restructuring and shifting of resources would help bring RIM back on its feet, or at least survive until next year.