RIM Spreads BlackBerry Love Globally!

World Wide Launches Of BlackBerry Devices!
By Bla1ze on 21 Jan 2009 09:24 am EST

Plenty of device launches have been been happening globally over the past two weeks, which is always great to see. A quick glance at January 2009 launches so far shows us just how far the CrackBerry addiction does extend.

Most of the recent launches have been for the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 and the BlackBerry Curve 8900, with the lone exception being that the BlackBerry Storm was launched in India by Vodafone. Let's have a quick rundown shall we?

The following is a list of the current device launch press releases from RIM's media release  homepage:

  • Jan 19, 2009 -Turkcell and RIM Launch the new BlackBerry Pearl Flip Smartphone in Turkey
  • Jan 15, 2009 - RIM Introduces the BlackBerry Curve 8900 in India
  • Jan 15, 2009 -RIM Introduces the BlackBerry Curve 8900 and BlackBerry Pearl Flip Smartphones in Singapore
  • Jan 15, 2009 -SingTel and RIM Launch the New BlackBerry Pearl Flip Smartphone in Singapore
  • Jan 14, 2009 -KPN and RIM Launch the Sleek BlackBerry Curve 8900 in The Netherlands
  • Jan 12, 2009 -Vodafone Essar Launches the BlackBerry Storm in India
  • Jan 12, 2009 -Maxis to Launch the BlackBerry Pearl Flip Smartphone in Malaysia
  • Jan 7, 2009  -T-Mobile USA to Offer Customers the Thinnest and Lightest Full-QWERTY BlackBerry Smartphone
  • Jan 6, 2009 -Bharti Airtel and RIM Launch the New BlackBerry Pearl Flip Smartphone in India
  • Jan 6, 2009 -Vodafone Introduces the BlackBerry Pearl Flip Smartphone in India

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RIM Spreads BlackBerry Love Globally!


I find it really strange that seeings how RIM is a Canadian company that we ALWAYS are last 2 get the new fones!!! What tha hell? Wheres the home team love???? Signed: Not so patiently waiting for the new Curve 2 come out on Telus

your logic is fail, the storm was released in full force in the USA almost 2 months before Canada got full quantities...and I will bring up the 8350i from Nextel, nuff said.

"before canada got full quantities"

Which implies that canada had it out first... Okay I'm done on that.

Anyway I can see India getting a lot of stuff and getting it first... India is a HUGE market...

I may be talking out of my rear here but if I'm not mistaken India has more population than US/Can combined.

That on top of the fact that the huge "outsourced" workforce( think of the guys you talk to whenever you call tech support for anything these days or the guys that work in the code sweatshops) there makes pretty good bank by Indian standards and a vast majority love tech gadgets like smart phones... so from a business standpoint it's a no brainer IMO...

I wouldn't be so miffed if ATT would just HINT at the 8900 release date... =(

i work for telus, and we didint have a single one when verizon launched the storm in the US, you fail again...enought said. when telus had a mini-launch, around dec 5 there were only about 1500 units across the country, with bell having around 1000, while verizon had started rolling out full quantities in the states again before christmas, and btw, "before canada got full quantities" does not imply that canada launched the storm first.

so, again, the USA is not last...oh, P.S. vodafone in india just launched the storm some weeks ago, so the USA, still not last.

and the 8900 will be there soon, think back to the bold...agreed, you guys got boned on that one.

Truer words were never uttered...get a storm, the curve 8900 is a great device, but it will be a while till we see it on telus, sorry to disapoint


Bold- Canada First, before US

8900- Canada first, before US

CDMA 8900- Why bother mentioning a device that has NOT seen ANY official launch yet and using that as a clear indication everyone else gets devices before Canada?

India's scoring big time with RIM, they have pretty much every new model of the blackberry's hahaha....pretty cool

We just got the BlackBerry Bold 9000 here in Kuwait, and I've heard the 8900 Curve will be released here in the next month or so.. Both locked to our local provider, Zain.

And I just received my unlocked BlackBerry Curve 8900 =D

BlackBerry service is now available in Lebanon. The latest smartphone, the BlackBerry Storm, costs $1,000 at one popular local mobile phone shop.

The service itself is not unreasonably expensive ($45 per month with 20 MB of uploading and downloading) although it is one of the highest in the region. Most Levant and Gulf country residents where the service is offered pay under $30 a month with 20MB of data transfer or more. Omani citizens, however, shell out nearly $64 per month to stay connected 24/7.

It should be noted, however, that the cost of BlackBerry service is paid in addition to a phone plan, and the cost of mobile phone service in Lebanon, set by the government, is one of the world’s highest.

The real kicker is the cost of the BlackBerry device itself, available at mobile phone stores throughout the country. Class charges $1,000 at its downtown location for the newest touch-screen BlackBerry Storm, and, let’s face it, in Lebanon the newest will likely be in highest demand.

How about Mexico????, we had the Bold before the US Launch.
Any comments from the 'other' NAFTA partner?

Wow!!! I seem 2 have hit a sore spot! Guess I was more referring to the fact that the CMDA versions are always last out here. Rogers GSM fones dont really help me much. Oh and for the record I've spoke 2 several diff Telus reps that have all told me they are expecting the new curve or "Javelin" as they have been referring to it, being released in late Feb or early March. Even if they're off a few months like they usually are I'll still have my new curve by my bday in the spring!

Don't get me wrong but it seems to me that Rogers in Canada gets every kind of blackberry that comes out. Here in the US, its all spread out. I understand the Storm is not out yet for Rogers but they are getting it. As for the US, each carrier has their own exclusive phone which stinks because you end up having to get one full price and unlocked if you want to stay on your same carrier. Like all the new phones out, Verizon = Storm, Bold = at&t, Curve8900 = T-Mobile etc...

Does anyone know if the Curve8900 is coming to at&t in the US? Or am I going to have to get one unlocked?