BlackBerry headed for China

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Despite early reports, the BlackBerry appears to be doing alright in Asian markets – so much so that RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie is planning to get his devices into China and sees BlackBerry sales doubling in Asia over the next 12 months. So much optimism, it’s inspiring.

“Balsillie said Research In Motion hoped to get approval from the Ministry of Information Industry in the first quarter of 2007 to begin shipping the BlackBerry, which helped popularize wireless e-mail, to the mainland market through the company’s partner, China Mobile.”

And more exciting news from RIM via the mouth of Jim Balsillie regarding their growth in general:

“Currently we have 30 carrier partners we’ve launched in 17 countries. We’d like to add another 15 to 20 carriers in the next year,” Balsillie told Reuters. “We’d like to keep up around 100 percent growth in the area.

“The opportunity is fantastic. It’s the fastest growing region in the world for us.”

Be interesting to see where Jim and the boys head to next, but for now, this is encouraging news. RIM is going strong and showing no signs of slowing – good news for all of us, especially for me and my job.