For the first time, struggling BlackBerry maker Research in Motion saw a decline in its subscriber base, reporting that the number of customers declined to 79 million in its fiscal third quarter.
Three months ago, the Canadian company had 80 million subscribers.
Revenue for the third quarter was $2.7 billion, down 47% from $5.2 billion in the same quarter a year earlier. The company posted a loss of $9 million, or 2 cents a share, compared with a profit of $265 million, or 51 cents a share, a year earlier.
Excluding one-time items, the company reported a loss of $114 million, or 22 cents a share. That was better than the 35-cent-a-share loss that analysts polled by Thomson Reuters had predicted.
During the quarter, the company shipped about 6.9 million BlackBerry smartphones and about 255,000 PlayBook tablets.
The company reported earnings after the markets closed. Shares rose 6.7% to $15.07 in after-hours trading after rising 49 cents, or 3.6%, to $14.12 during the day.