Tuesday, May 17, 2005

BlackBerry Maker RIM Aims for China Launch

From Cnet news: BlackBerry maker aims for China launch

"Research In Motion is aiming to launch commercial service in China by year's end amid a rapid expansion in Asia, the company's co-CEO said Tuesday.
The maker of the BlackBerry wireless e-mail devices said last October that it had signed a memorandum of understanding with China Mobile to offer its service in China, the world's biggest cellular market with nearly 350 million subscribers.

"I think the table stakes are now where they need to be" in China, co-CEO Jim Balsillie said in a phone interview from Beijing, where he was attending an industry event.
"You should keep your eye closely on what's going to happen with tests... this summer and later this year--aggressive launches."

He declined to say if RIM had signed a definitive agreement with China Mobile, the world's largest mobile carrier by subscribers, since October when the memorandum of understanding was announced."

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