Troubled times at RIM towers? It would seem so, although the Canadian mobile giant it still surprisingly upbeat despite revealing that the company is to slash 11 per cent of its workforce, some 2,000 employees, in a move "which is focused on eliminating redundancies and reallocating resources to focus on areas that offer the highest growth opportunities and alignment with RIM’s strategic objectives".

As part of the cost optimisation program the 2,000 jobs are to be cut across the global employee roster with workers to be notified this week as to whether they're going to get the boot.

The company has been quick to point out though that rumours of its demise may have been greatly exaggerated though.

An email statement sent to Pocket-lint states that the recent ComScore figures for its UK smartphone user base was "inaccurate by a wide margin".

ComScore had 3.591 million BlackBerry subscribers listed for the UK at the end of May 2011. RIM says it's more like just under 7 million subscribers - a number that would still see it leading the way from Apple.

With a re-shuffle at director level also announced though, coupled with the job cuts, there's more than a whisper of indication that all is not good within camp BlackBerry.