BlackBerry is a line of wireless mobile device that was introduced in 1999 as a two-way pager. In 2002, the more commonly known smartphone BlackBerry was released, which supports push e-mail, mobile telephone, text messaging, internet faxing, web browsing and other wireless information services. It is an example of a convergent device.
Developed by the Canadian company Research In Motion (RIM), it delivers information over the wireless data networks of mobile phone service companies. BlackBerry first made headway in the marketplace by concentrating on e-mail. RIM currently offers BlackBerry e-mail service to non-BlackBerry devices, such as the Palm Treo, through the BlackBerry Connect software.
The original BlackBerry device had a monochrome display, but all current models have color displays, and are market leaders in innovation, specifically surrounding multi-tasking operating systems and integration with backend messaging and collaboration and customised application systems.