New developer competition in Hong Kong - Cash and BlackBerry 10 handsets up for grabs

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By James Richardson on 26 Nov 2012 12:35 pm EST
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More good news today from Research in Motion but this time in Hong Kong. Organized by the Hong Kong Association of Interactive Marketing (HKAIM) and sponsored by Research In Motion (RIM), Application Contest for BlackBerry 10 Hong Kong is now open. Developers will have a chance to win cash prizes and receive recognition by renowned industry experts. They will also have the opportunity to gain media exposure for their newly developed BlackBerry 10 applications.

To get started, HKAIM and RIM will jointly host a briefing session on December 5. HKAIM and RIM will share with developers the business opportunities that can be achieved with the BlackBerry 10 platform.  All participants will be given the opportunity to see live hands-on demo of the new and exciting platform.

For registration to the briefing session click here.

Application Contest for BlackBerry 10 Hong Kong Prizes list:

  • Grand Winner: Cash prize of HK$20,000 and One unit BlackBerry® 10 Handset
  • Second Winner: Cash prize of HK$15,000 and One unit BlackBerry® 10 Handset
  • Third Winner: Cash prize of HK$10,000 and One unit BlackBerry® 10 Handset
  • People's Choice: One unit BlackBerry® 10 Handset

For more information about the Application Contest for BlackBerry 10 Hong Kong, please visit:http://www.hkaim.org/BlackBerry10

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New developer competition in Hong Kong - Cash and BlackBerry 10 handsets up for grabs

22 Comments

I was in HK couple weeks back.

NOBODY used a Blackberry unless it was for business.

I even tried looking for accessories for my 9900 and they are scarce.

Everyone there uses a Galaxy S3, Note or iPhone.

Considering the Blackberry market in HK is nearly dead....
... doesn't help when all the carriers charge insanely high monthly plans for Blackberries on top of the cost of entry (handsets are not subsidized) compared to every other smartphone.

$28HKD (<$5USD)/day for unlimited 3G on an Android or iPhone
25cents/min for local calling (average) ... that's less than 3USD cents a minute.

now contrast that with a Blackberry plan:
$238/month for 10MB, $398 for unlimited (5GB) .. that's more than what we pay in US/Canada.

http://www.three.com.hk/website/appmanager/three/home?_nfpb=true&_pageLa...

Not to mention you can randomly grab whatever prepaid SIM you want at a vending machine or 7/11.

If you're a traveller, it MIGHT make sense to get a BB plan but with the seemingly endless supply of free WiFi hotspots, I find it cheaper to roam and connect via WiFi. Almost every business has a hotspot.

+1k

I'm also horrified that BB10 devices apparently require BIS subscription in order to enjoy any Apps at all.

As above poster mentioned, BIS plan is much more expensive than generic internet data plans that Andr*id and iPh*ne users are already enjoying now.

Good luck trying to entice Andr*id and iPh*ne users with a BlackBerry BIS monthly plan which is much more expensive.

BlackBerry would be wiser to at least allow BB10 devices to behave like it is now-- Apps can be installed via general internet data plans, and BIS/BES plans you can enjoy the full BB10 experience (BlackBerry Messenger, BlackBerry Hub, etc.)

Forcing BB10 consumers to *must* use BIS is a mistake; this is a step backwards from what it is now.

I don't think it's a ripoff. Rim isn't going to do-away with BIS. It's a benefit for blackberry features that aren't available on other platforms. BBM with voice and video, data compression and push e-mail. Yeah, it's worth it. Hongkong currency is just what it is.

I have a HK$198 (US$26) / month plan with PCCW which includes normal unlimited 3G/4G data traffic, BIS and BES, 5,000 mins voice, free PCCW-internal SMS, 4,000 nowTV minutes. I had PCCW add to our contract that they won't charge us for traffic that goes beyond their "fair use limit" of 5GB per month. Thus, $198 is really the maximum; unless you're traveling and have roaming charges.

IMHO: Unbeatable price compared to anywhere in the world. So I don't think HK is expensive for BlackBerry users.

BlackBerry Hong Kong office never sold the BlackBerry 9810 (slider, 2nd generation) in Hong Kong.

BlackBerry HK office tried to sell the 9800 through the 3 years it had been launched, at full price, perhaps thinking that BlackBerry fans didn't notice that the 9810 is *not* available in HK.

Even now, on the BlackBerry HK web site, it does not list the 9810, as if this model never existed?

Let's hope they will do a much better job this time around with BB10.

The price of plans is a major issue. For a basic 500MB data plan, for example, you can expect to pay up to twice the price per month, just for the privilege of using a Blackberry! My sister-in-law found a Blackberry on the bus for FREE, but when she found out how much more the plan would cost, she got rid of it in favour of Android.

I just moved to HK from Waterloo and I'm currently using Smartone:
$168 - standard 3G 500MB data plan available to all smartphone users
$68 - additional cost for BIS (which is required for basically all BB data usage)
$20 - additional fee on top of BIS to use BBM

Instead of the $168 that all the rest of the smartphone users are paying, I'm paying $256 per month - more than 40% more! The only reason I'm sticking with BB right now is to support a Canadian company, but there are very few like me around here. RIM in Hong Kong had better get their act together with bundled BIS plans that are comparable in price to regular plans, or BB10 is going to fail just as badly as past models. People in Hong Kong like to get the latest gadgets, which makes it a great market for smartphones, but they sure as hell aren't going to pay double on their monthly plan to get the latest and greatest BB10.

You're forgetting that CARRIERS set the prices. RIM/BLACKBERRY DOESN'T SET THE PRICES FOR MONTHLY PLANS!!!

Why don't people talk to the carriers. IT IS NOT RIM'S FAULT!! Don't blame them for what the carriers are charging.

The carriers set prices based on RIM's prices, because RIM is providing the service and charging the carriers. Hong Kong is very much a free-market economy, so naturally the carriers pass the cost directly onto consumers with a markup ($68 HKD=$8.77 USD)

However, if RIM were to lower the cost it charges for BIS in Hong Kong, or work with carriers to convince them bundle the cost in with other plans, it would make the deal much more attractive to customers. That's the way it's done in Canada in the U.S., why can't it be done here!

Why are people going completely off-topic?
Why all this randomness?

If I was in hongkong and a developer, THIS WOULD ROCk!!!!!

Hong Kong has one of the highest smartphone penetration rates in the world.
Heck, a some of my friends own more than one smartphone at the same time!

But the current smartphone App market in Hong Kong is essentially a two horse race.
In advertisements, companies are proudly advertising that they have support for Andr*id and iPh*ne Apps.
Very very few mention they support BlackBerry.

Which is why BlackBerry BIS pricing is a major issue.
The more BlackBerry users clamoring for App support, the more support for BlackBerry.

But good luck to BlackBerry in (trying) to claw back market share, if BlackBerry BIS plans are 40%+ more expensive for consumers.

I'm aware that mobile carriers set the pricing for BIS plans, but BlackBerry Hong Kong office must manage this if they have a hope in clawing back market share by luring Andr*id and iPh*ne users (and former BlackBerry users) back to the BB10 fold.

Therefore:
1. Enabling BB10 to run Apps with no BIS is a first step.
(no, looks like BB10 forces you to use BIS if you are to install any Apps at all).

2. BIS pricing is a major issue, with 40%+ more expensive plans, very few (if any) Andr*id and iPh*ne users (and former BlackBerry users) back to the BB10 fold.

Postings about BIS pricing structure is very relevant to this article; I hope that BlackBerry HK Office is looking at this posting; it provides valuable and relevant info and hints on how BB10 should go forward in Hong Kong.

Great comment. The reason pricing is relevant to this article is that there is really no point in developing Blackberry apps for the Hong Kong market because there are so few BB users here. Why? Because of pricing, plain and simple.