Mongolia is only about 3 million and Ulaanbaatar is around 1 million, so isn’t going to have a big impact on RIM’s sales, but nonetheless RIM and Alcatel-Lucent have launched the BlackBerry solution in Mongolia. The Bold 9000, Curve 8320 and BlackBerry 8700 are all launching in Mongolia, as well as BES and BIS. We’re not sure on price, but it’s going to be a small subset of the population buying BlackBerry. With China being Mongolia’s biggest trading partner, and BlackBerry set to launch in China, this could be of big help to businessmen in the region.
Ha Noi, Viet Nam, Paris, France and Waterloo, Ontario – Viettel, a leading mobile operator in Vietnam, Alcatel-Lucent and Research In Motion today announced the launch of the BlackBerry wireless solution in Vietnam. Using BlackBerry smartphones, Viettel customers will be able to wirelessly send and receive emails, make phone calls, browse the Internet, send text messages and access corporate and lifestyle applications when on the move.
At launch, Viettel will offer its customers the BlackBerry Pearl 8100 and the BlackBerry 8700 and the BlackBerry Curve 8320 smartphones as well as BlackBerry Enterprise Server for corporate customers and BlackBerry Internet Service for smaller businesses and individual users.
The BlackBerry Curve 8350i has been launched for less than a week, but already those eager beavers over at OtterBox (boy, did I mix that metaphor) already have a Defender Series case available for it. In addition, OtterBox has introduced a new streamlined case for an old classic – the BlackBerry 8700. Why?
“The lifecycle of the BlackBerry 8700 Series smartphone has been long-lived and it remains an essential tool for a variety of industries so we’ve gone back to the drawing board to offer something new,” said Curt Richardson, CEO of OtterBox. “Those in military, construction and other fast-paced work environments need protection without bulk and the OtterBox Defender Series offers the best of both worlds.”
While BlackBerry Cool is always focused on the cutting edge of BlackBerry news, I do notice many 8700′s still in use during my daily excursions around Ottawa. Although you could probably shoot an 8700 through a brick wall without damaging it, I’m sure there are those that need that extra bit of protection. To learn more about your OtterBox of choice, click the link below!
Viettel will be bringing the BlackBerry 8700, BlackBerry 8800, BlackBerry 8100 and BlackBerry 8320 to Vietnam this October. The 4,000 devices on the way will be the first shipment Vietnam sees, and Veittel is lined up to be the sole distributer in the long run. We actually get quite a few Vietnamese readers on BBCool, so it’s good news for them. Mobifone is in a close race with Viettel for cellular subscribers, but an exclusive BlackBerry deal could be the tiebreaker that puts Viettel in the lead.
Announced back in back in May, Du’s BlackBerry service has finally gone live after government approval and is now available in the United Arab Emirates. There’s quite the BlackBerry lineup for Du, including the BlackBerry 8100 for AED 1,799.00, the BlackBerry 8300 for AED 1,880.00, the BlackBerry 8700 for AED 1,350.00 and the BlackBerry 8800 for AED 2,199.00. It’s a solid start for an inaugural launch and shows that Du is clearly throwing their chips in with RIM in order to take on the current leading carrier, Etisalat. It’ll be tough going, but we certainly know what it’s like in Canada to not have much in the way of competition.
Not one to be taken out back just yet, the BlackBerry 8700 can now get in on all of the OS 4.5 fun that the Curve, Pearl and 8800 have recently received. The guts didn’t change too much from the BlackBerry 8700 to the BlackBerry 8100, so you’ll likely see them both supported until they’re kicked to the curb. Do you guys think the 8700 will make the OS 4.6 cut? 4.7? You can grab the latest handheld software for the BlackBerry 8700 from Orange Romania here. They’ve also got the software for a bunch of other devices if you haven’t upgraded yet.