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RIM Should Be Manufacturing BlackBerrys in Indonesia and Not Malaysia

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It’s no secret that Indonesia is an incredible market for RIM and BlackBerrys. The country has an incredibly talented, young and mobile-based population that has really taken to RIM’s smartphone. Recently, RIM chose Malaysia as the center for its East-Asian BlackBerry manufacturing and while the terms of the deal may have been sweet, RIM might have missed on a huge growth opportunity in Indonesia. More after the jump.
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BlackBerry Curve 3G Announced in Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia

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The BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300 is one of the less impressive BlackBerrys hitting the market but it should nonetheless be a hit. The Curve series has had an incredible sales record across North America due to its low price point and small, consumer friendly shape. The new 3G Curve will potentially be a big seller like the previous models, but offer a few incremental hardware upgrades.

In Australia, the BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300 will be available in Optus and Vodafone stores at the beginning of September and at 3 stores from October. The device will be available from Vodafone free on £25, 24 month price plans, including 500 minutes, unlimited texts, 500MB of data and email. In Indonesia and Malaysia the Curve 3G is expected to be available in September.

Keep on eye on RIM’s press section to see more Curve 3G announcements internationally.

The BlackBerry 8520 launches in more countries

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It seems RIM is positioning the BlackBerry 8520 as the global BlackBerry and are marketing it to countries all around the world. Its low price point makes it an ideal candidate for regions such as Europe, where phones are often free and customers are very sensitive to price.

The device has launched in Venezuela via Movistar, Malaysia, France via Boygues Telecom, Belgium and the Netherlands

Do you want the 8520 in your country? Sound off!

Maxis to Launch the BlackBerry Pearl Flip in Malaysia

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BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220

Press Release

Malaysia’s leading operator also lowers the BlackBerry service package price

Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia’s leading mobile operator, Maxis Communications Berhad, and Research In Motion today announced the launch of the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 smartphone in the country. The BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 is the first BlackBerry smartphone to feature the popular “clamshell” or “flip” design. It builds on the success of the original BlackBerry Pearl series and offers phone enthusiasts a new fun and stylish choice.

Matthew Willsher, Maxis Chief Marketing Officer said, “Today, we are extremely excited to bring our customers the next level of mobile communications with the BlackBerry Pearl Flip, a great-looking phone and so much more. It has a design that people are comfortable with and will enjoy using for voice calls, multimedia applications, text and email messaging and Internet browsing. This innovative phone is the ideal choice for first time BlackBerry smartphone users, and we hope it will encourage our retail customers to enjoy the freedom of accessing their emails, communications and multimedia needs on the go.

The BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 smartphone is available at all 29 Maxis Centres nationwide at RM1,199, if purchased with a Value 150 postpaid plan and a BlackBerry service package that comes with a 24-month contract. Without a contract, it retails at RM1,999. For more information, visit www.maxis.com.my.

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Indonesia, France and Luxembourg all announce the BlackBerry Bold

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Sorry Americans, I know this stuff just makes you rip out even more clumps of hair, but the world must know that Indosat, Celcom, Bouygues, and TELE2TANGO all plan on packing the BlackBerry 9000. It might actually be a bit of a relief, as many won’t have the Bold available until mid- to late- September, which is the rumoured AT&T release date. You won’t be alone guys, just hang in there. Here are the details…

  • Indosat (Indonesia): Looking to be available around late September for Rp 8.888. Also confirms upcoming 16 GB microSDHC memory cards.
  • Celcom (Malaysia): The RM2,499 pricetag might be a hint at what Maxis will be offering the Bold for; due to land the third week of September.
  • Bouygues (France): Due mid-September, 199€ on an enterprise plan, offering a sweet 17€ unlimited everything plan.
  • TELE2TANGO (Luxembourg): Available September 9th., 390€ without subscription and from 109€ with data plan. Looks like their first ‘Berry. Grats!

(via RIM)

BlackBerry Bold launches in Malaysia, still not available in the U.S.

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Maxis BlackBerry Bold Release Promotion

Joining the growing number of countries that will receive the smartphone before RIM’s largest market, Maxis announced the release of the BlackBerry Bold in Malaysia yesterday. It now seems like every country other than the United States has the BlackBerry Bold — maybe they missed some sort of giveaway at the recent Olympic Games in China.

While Maxis doesn’t have firm pricing details on their website, expect it to be upwards of RM2,000 (they are currently offering the BlackBerry 8820 for RM2,500 and the BlackBerry 8310 for RM2,000).

Click here to read the ultimate BlackBerry Bold Review (with full device specs)

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