Digital China to Distribute BlackBerry Smartphones in China

By Bla1ze on 7 Dec 2009 04:53 pm EST
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Digital China to Distribute BlackBerry Smartphones in China

Research In Motion has put out a press release regarding their new agreement with Digital China that outlines their deal to distribute BlackBerry smartphones in China. While BlackBerry is by no means a new name to the Chinese market, devices were previously only offered by China Mobile in limited availability. This collaboration with Digital China will surely expand upon the offerings. 

"Jim Balsillie, Co-CEO, Research In Motion, said, “We are delighted to reach a distribution agreement with Digital China. Business partnerships are an important aspect of RIM’s strategy and Digital China’s extensive knowledge and market presence will further expand the opportunity for RIM in China.”

Shortly after the announcement, Research In Motion saw a rise in their stocks. Leveraging the BlackBerry brand name in China is a key factor for its success and hopefully Research In Motion will push that to the max as we have seen in Indonesia most recently.

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Digital China to Distribute BlackBerry Smartphones in China

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The citizens of China must be very happy to learn of this news. It's great to read that China is allowing more capitalistic opportunities for private businesses like RIM. This "business partnership" will benefit both RIM and the Chinese people. Great news indeed. Afterall, Apple just recently forged a similar business relationship with China to release the iPhone.

Who said anything about this being a contest for a 9700? Last time I checked this was about RIM extending to China. Please beg for a free device in its proper blog post, okay?

Great news indeed to hear that BIS will possibly be launched soon in China. Previously, only BES was available, and to certain corporations only. Actually, blackberries, like the iPhones, are widely sold in China in electronic malls but most Chinese use them as regular phones. One thing to note is how will RIM/Chinese deal with the restriction of the use of Facebook, etc? I'm guessing Facebook for Blackberry app will not be available to download in China. I think I will stick to my international data roaming plan for now.