RIM Ready to Rock China?

By James Falconer on 16 Jan 2008 12:46 am EST

RIM Ready to Rock the Chinese Market? The writing is on the wall, and many believe it is only a matter of time before BlackBerry hits the Chinese market. Reutuers is reporting some new and exciting information on the topic.

TCL Corp began sending its partner China Mobile BlackBery devices in the fourth quarter of 2007... And now, chinese newspapers are reporting that the devices could go on sale as early as this month!

The last we had heard, the ball was in China Mobile's court. The devices had been delivered and China Mobile simply needed to 'flip the switch' to start the sales flowing. China Mobile must simply be waiting for the right opportunity and time to go ahead and launch. Stiff competition is expected from low-cost rivals (including a popular local service dubbed the 'Red Berry' Ha!).

I don't need to tell you what a huge breakthrough this would be for RIM.

Should be interesting to see what happens here over the next few weeks and months. 

China has been a tough nut to 'Crack' - Berry. Ok, that was bad.

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Reader comments

RIM Ready to Rock China?


Can you imagine, one quarter of the worlds population, lusting after the hottest thing in communications and they will be buying made in Canada.

If the traditional model holds to form, the first devices will be in the hands of the government, financial institutions and the upper echelons of business.

Better make that a few containers of Blackberrys, this week.

Now that's amazing for RIM and I feel this year RIM already is starting off this year with enormous steps to expansion. Concurrently there should be some business development in Japan, or so I would hope so.

Great for business in Canada

But this will for sure suck up the supply. Higher prices for domestic berry buyers?