BlackBerry (formerly branded as RIM), is a Canadian telecommunication and wireless equipment company best known as the developer of the BlackBerry smartphone and tablet. The company is headquartered in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. It was founded by Mike Lazaridis, who served as its co-CEO along with Jim Balsillie until January 22, 2012. The current CEO is Thorsten Heins.
Before the manufacture of the BlackBerry, the company, known as Research in Motion, worked with RAM Mobile Data and Ericsson to turn the Ericsson-developed Mobitex wireless data network into a two-way paging and wireless e-mail network. Pivotal in this development was the release of the Inter@ctive pager 950, which started shipping in August 1998. About the size of a bar of soap, this device competed against the SkyTel two-way paging network developed by Motorola.