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The BlackBerry Curve 8900 launches in Hong Kong

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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.

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BlackBerry due in China this quarter

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ChinaWhile there’s still some contention over the iPhone’s status in the land of the rising sun, China Mobile is slated to bust out the BlackBerry 8700 before the end of the quarter. Although it’s a bit tempting to brag about BlackBerry beating the iPhone into the country, but let’s hold off to see if China Mobile actually called off talks, or if they’ve actually started them. There might have been a few delays getting the BlackBerry in before Christmas, but maybe all the waiting has been building up some excitement over there…?

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China Mobile yet to launch BlackBerrys

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ChinaMainland China was supposed to get a bunch of BlackBerry 8700s by the end of December, but it’s still yet to happen. It’s taken long enough for RIM to crack the tough nut of the Chinese market, so what’s a bit longer, eh? While confident that everything is going smoothly now that they’re inside the borders, the ball is still in the carrier’s court to deliver.

“You should ask China Mobile about the timeline,” [Charles] Liu, RIM’s top executive in China, told Reuters. “From my perspective, everything is according to plan.”

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China Mobile set to carry BlackBerry by end of month

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China10,000 BlackBerry 8700s are en route to China, following the October announcement. Alcatel’s involvement has earned it branding status on the BlackBerry, which will be carried exclusively by China Mobile for about RMB 3450. Rumors are floating that competing Gome Mobile might be dealing with Alcatel for some 8700s as well, but officials have denied the possibility so far. Well, a limited release is better than no release, eh?

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Knock-offs pose threat to BlackBerrys in China

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ChinaA recent story went over some of the challenges RIM faces in the Chinese market, primarily China Unicom’s nefarious RedBerry. The article states that SIM cards and data plans are the only things available for BlackBerry, as previously reported. Despite this, we have it on good word that the 8700 and 7290 are, in fact, sold by China Mobile, but how well they’re doing against the significantly cheaper RedBerry remains to be seen.

“Chinese businessmen are not that international yet, so they are not as familiar yet with the Blackberry and prefer local gadgets,” said Rock Yang, principal handsets analyst at Beijing-based BDA. “Price will be the deciding factor in determining how the BlackBerry expands in China,” he added.

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Inner Mongolia doubles GSM capacity in isolated areas

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By efficiently handling call silence, China Mobile has doubled the capacity of their base transceiver stations in Inner Mongolia with a handy little device called the Vmux-400. “So what?” you ask? Well, costs didn’t go up as a result of the upgrade. Doubling your efficiency at no effective cost is no mean feat. On top of providing better service to remote villages, the hardware also acts as a solid stepping-stone to 3G advances down the line.

“The Vmux-400 also provides a valuable head start for mobile operators in their migration to 3G, since optimization enables operators to free up leased lines used for 2G/2.5G traffic and apply them to their 3G networks,” [Thomas Q. Lu, President of RAD China] explains. “In this way, they can avoid the time delay and costs associated with installing additional leased lines,” he adds.

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BlackBerry gets green light for China

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ChinaAfter eight years of paperwork, BlackBerry has finally gotten the go-ahead to launch in China. There’s already 5,000 preorders for the BlackBerry 8700 that’s planned to drop before the end of the month on China Mobile. The price point is an issue for the Chinese, who might be used to paying a hell of a lot less for mobile services than we are. As for language, hopefully RIM will be able build off established support strategies, and not tool around with the issue like they did in Japan.

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Chinese 3G on hold?

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Previous reports of China’s tri-pronged 3G licensing getting through before the 2008 Beijing Olympics may have been a bold-faced lie. Aright, fine, maybe just a little inaccurate. Right now, China’s number one priority is to get its own carrier, China Mobile up and stable with fixed-line service before worrying about CDMA2000 or WCDMA, which won’t start until October. Give the home boys a bit of a head start, you know? It goes without saying that China’s got the biggest wireless market out there, and even if it takes a little longer, it can be the most diverse in being the only country to carry three internationally-recognized wireless standards.

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