BlackBerry

The BlackBerry was a pioneering device in the wireless handheld market, and although it’s often dismissed by tech journalists, it continues to ship more than 10 million units a year (or did as of 2014). Founded in 1984 as Research in Motion (RIM), the company was the first wireless data technology developer. Canadians Mike Lazaridis and Douglas Fregin started RIM while still attending the University of Waterloo and the University of Windsor, respectively. The initial offering from RIM in the handheld market was the Inter@ctive Pager 900, which allowed for two-way paging. The first device wearing the BlackBerry name was BlackBerry 850, which rolled out in 1999, and the latest is the BlackBerry Leap smartphone, released in April of 2015.