Tag: Asia

BBM Being Used for Customer Service in the Middle East


It’s pretty widely understood that BBM is being used all over Asia in some pretty interesting ways. The messaging app is still incredibly popular in East Asia as well as South-East Asia. Recently, @shahriyarali tweeted a photo of a customer service BBM pin, and the timing is very interesting. With BBM Channels being released, stories like this are one reason brands and businesses are going to start adopting BBM as a tool for engaging with customers. This could be a sign of things to come.

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Watch Alec Saunders’ Keynote at BlackBerry Jam Asia 2013


I like this guy’s energy. It’s like the passion of Ballmer’s “developers!” speech but more modest and genuine. Alec Saunders took the stage to talk about the progress of BlackBerry 10 and the BlackBerry ecosystem. There’s some really interesting stats in his keynote, including the fact that BlackBerry 10 technically has more apps in its ecosystem compared to other ecosystems at their same point in time. Check out the video and some of the stats.
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Yahoo! Launches App for Emerging Markets



Yahoo! laucnhed an app for consumers in emerging markets where lower-end devices are the point of entry for the Internet. The app lets users in these regions access Yahoo!’s services more easily and gives them access to mail, messenger, Flickr, Fantasy Sports and Finance, with fewer clicks. Features of the Yahoo! app include:

  • Once downloaded, it remains persistent on the device, making the full catalog of Yahoo! services easier to use and discover
  • Reduces need for typing long URL’s into the mobile browser
  • Surfaces Yahoo! services that consumers may not have known about
  • Makes it easier to discover snippets of interesting Yahoo! news, sports and financial information throughout the day by surfacing everything in one place

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Miss DevCon Asia? Check Out the Roundup Videos


DEVCON Asia 2011 – Developer Round Up

DevCon Asia looks like it was a blast. As RIM expands into various regions around the world, getting developers together to get passionate about the platform is really going to help the platform grow in terms of apps, but it will also help grow a lot of localized content that wouldn’t otherwise exist. At DevCon Asia, the main areas of discussion were centered around the PlayBook, BlackBerry OS 6.1 and the BBM platform which has been an incredible hit in Asia Pac as we’ve seen from the videos RIM has made recently.
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The BlackBerry Curve 8900 launches in Hong Kong


Press Release

BlackBerry Curve 8900Hong Kong – Research In Motion today announced that the new BlackBerry Curve 8900 smartphone, the thinnest and lightest full-QWERTY BlackBerry smartphone to date, is available in Hong Kong. Powered by a 512MHz next generation processor, it packs quad-band EDGE support with built-in Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g) and GPS in a refined, streamlined design weighing just 110 grams and measuring only 109mm x 60mm x 13.5mm.

“The new BlackBerry Curve 8900 smartphone packs a wealth of functionality in a compact and refined design that looks and feels great,” said Norm Lo, Vice President, Asia Pacific at Research In Motion. “Its multimedia and messaging features help users stay connected and entertained, allowing them to make the most of their busy lifestyle at work and at play.”

The BlackBerry Curve 8900 will be available from 3 Hong Kong, China Mobile Hong Kong Company Limited (PEOPLES), CSL and SmarTone-Vodafone from mid February. For more information on pricing and detailed service plans, please contact the respective carriers.

BlackBerry Curve 8900 features

Turkcell and RIM launch the BlackBerry Pearl Flip in Turkey


BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220

Press Release

The first BlackBerry smartphone to come in the popular flip form factor

Istanbul, Turkey, and Waterloo, Ontario – Turkcell and Research In Motion today announced the launch of the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 for customers in Turkey. The new BlackBerry Pearl Flip smartphone harnesses the power of the BlackBerry platform and packs a wide range of useful features into a sleek flip design. Its spacious keyboard allows easy typing and dialing and the flip design opens to a large, vibrant internal display, and provides the satisfying finality of ending a call by closing the phone. Customers will also appreciate the smartphone’s external display for previewing calendar reminders, email, text messages and phone calls at a glance.

Please visit www.turkcell.com.tr for other BlackBerry options or call +90 444 0532 for additional information.

BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 features