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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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Thailand gets Wi-Fi Curve

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TrueMoveJust after Singapore’s BlackBerry 8320 release, RIM issues an announcement of the same device just around the proverbial block. Thai carrier True Move is now packing the Wi-Fi Curve, but no word on price from their online catalogue. It’s safe to assume the device will be making more rounds in the neighbourhood soon.

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BlackBerry 8320 lands in Singapore

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M1Although unheralded by press release nor fanfare, the Wi-Fi Curve has made its way to The East through M1 for around S$450 (or US$312). Still no sign of the 8120 on Singtel, Starhub, or M1 but the 8320 is a decent trade-off, no? Besides, M1 has a pretty decent lineup with the 8310, 8820 and 8707 up there, too. Interestingly, the new Curve doesn’t have the big “BlackBerry from Vodafone” label (reminiscent of VIP’s deal) slapped underneath it. Maybe M1’s managing to handle it themselves…? Thanks Ross!

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RIM encountering resistance in Korea

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South KoreaCanadian govnerment and RIM are trying to work their way into Korea, but it’s turning out to be tricky. South Korea’s hasn’t been too warm to the idea of BlackBerrys, mainly due to the device’s inability to meet software standards for mobile devices, but also because of a lackluster public reception. All internet-capabable phones in South Korea need to include middleware called Wireless Internet Platform for Interoperability (WIPI), but is often overlooked if there’s enough demand for the device. Sadly, BlackBerry hasn’t quite struck that chord with Koreans, and due to some fundamental differences, BlackBerry can’t support WIPI. The Canadian Chamber of Commerce has been throwing their weight around to get the requirement overturned so BlackBerrys can get in.

“I want to ask you how Korean politicians will act if Canada does not allow Samsung or Hyundai to sell their products,” [Terry Tuharsky, the chairman of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Korea] said, adding that “the storm is brewing” in Canada already.

Heh, something tells me Canada will miss Toyotas a bit more than Korea will miss the BlackBerrys they never had in the first place anyway. Still, China’s on board, so the rest of the area might become a little more prone to adoption.

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BlackBerry Curve comes to Guam

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GuamFollowing another recent Pacific release, the tiny U.S. territory of Guam is getting the BlackBerry 8300 from GTA TeleGuam. The Curve joins the Pearl, the 8800 and the 8700 in GTA’s BlackBerry lineup, filling out the selection nicely. Man, that is one tiny island, 209 square miles - I bet the reception great.

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BlackBerry 8830 coming to New Zealand

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KiwiKiwis rejoice, the BlackBerry 8830 is coming your way from Telecom New Zealand. Previously, Vodafone usually brought the BlackBerrys in, who’s currently carrying the Pearl and GPS Curve, but now New Zealanders will be able to enjoy a bit of variety in their BlackBerry options. On top of the device, Telecom will also be offering BES service to any corporate customers looking to get a BlackBerry rollout.

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Australian government worries about BlackBerry use

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AustraliaThe BlackBerry work/life balance debate rages on in Australian Parliament as 40 handhelds due for top executives get stalled due to concerns about squeezing in on staff’s personal time. There’s been an ongoing effort to promote telecommuting by the Australian Telework Advisory Committee, but apparently there’s still some resistance to adopting BlackBerry - and living in a city full of federal employees grumbling about their little digital ball and chains, I can see why.

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Fire at RIM shuts down Philippine BlackBerry service

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BlackBerry users in the Philipines have reported a service outage due to a small fire at RIM. Smart Communications was the affected carrier, so we presume it was a fairly localized incident that won’t be hurting other services any time soon, but it still makes us a bit jumpy to think about what would happen if a more widespread physical danger were to come to RIM’s servers.

Smart said the problem was detected Wednesday morning. The company added that RIM’s technical personnel are currently working to re-route traffic and expects normal services soon. Another advisory said that Smart and RIM are testing a solution to bring the push e-mail service back online.

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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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BlackBerry 8120 hits Singapore

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RIM has announced the Wi-Fi Pearl’s landing in Singapore, with all the usual goodies it comes with, available this December. No word on price or carrier yet, but Singapore’s not a big place, so we’re going to guess Singtel will be carrying it, and if it’s anything like the 8820 release, M1 and Starhub could be on board too.

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