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BlackBerry Outage Gets Taiwanese Animation Treatment

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The Taiwanese animation studio NMA does a good job of making outrageously-exaggerated videos of relatively minor incidents in Western media and the recent BlackBerry outage is no exception. At one point, the video suggests that Google might have had something to do with the outage, just in case you had any doubt these videos were nothing but jokes. Video after the break.
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App Stores Face Challenges in Taiwan with Consumer Protection Laws

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Taiwan’s consumer protection laws stipulate that all consumers are entitled to a seven-day trial period after purchasing any products via Internet. This law apparently extends to apps as well, and the Taiwanese government has already fined Google Tw$1,000,000 ($34,600) for refusing to grant customers their trial period. Apple has already changed its Terms of Service in order to be compliant with local law and Google has given consumers 15 minutes to decide whether they want a refund after buying an app. BlackBerry apps are also being sold in Taiwan but there hasn’t been any word on whether RIM has been forced to change its Terms of Service to be compliant as well.

Rumor: RIM to Ship One Million PlayBooks in Q1 2011

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Quanta Computer, the Taiwanese notebook manufacturer, is said to have begun volume production of the PlayBook with shipments in the first quarter of 2011 expected to top one million units. While this is still rumor, and Quanta has yet to comment, a million tablets is a very significant start to RIM’s first foray into the tablet industry. We can’t wait for this product to ship.

BlackBerry Storm launches in Taiwan via Taiwan Mobile

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Taiwan Mobile and RIM have announced that the highly anticipated BlackBerry Storm – the first touch-screen BlackBerry smartphone – is now available in Taiwan. The BlackBerry Storm features the world’s first “clickable” touch-screen and delivers the renowned usability and performance of the BlackBerry solution with powerful communications and multimedia features.

Taiwan Mobile also announced new monthly plans for BlackBerry Internet Service at NT$390, NT$690 and NT$990, providing customers with flexible and economical choices for service. The BlackBerry Storm is available at only NT$8,990 for customers who sign up with a plan at NT$990 for 24 months and Taiwan Mobile’s Myzone voice service plan at NT$968 for 12 months.

Hopefully the device will ship with all the updates from the last Verizon OS upgrade.

Taiwan Mobile giving away free BlackBerrys to enterprise

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In order to rope in a few corporate contracts, Taiwan Mobile now has a promotion to give away the BlackBerry 8120, BlackBerry 8300, BlackBerry 8707 and BlackBerry 8700 to enterprise customers who are willing to sign up for a monthly NT$1,499 ($US 47.70) plan. Taiwan Mobile is aiming to crank up their enterprise activations tenfold before the end of the year, which, while ambitious, could very well happen with a promo this enticing. Australia’s having a similar promotion with the BlackBerry Bold, which will likely see a lot of success. If you’re in an enterprise in the neighbourhood, you can contact Taiwan Mobile here to get started.

(via DigiTimes)

Taiwan trials SIM-based NFC

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NFC Gemalto and Far EasTone Telecommunications are tag-teaming a new initiative to bring SIM card-based near-field communication services to Taiwan, starting with a trial phase and eventually leading to a full roll-out in ’08. NFC allows for contactless transactions, so you just wave your phone in front of a sensor, which debits your account and sets you up with whatever service you were looking for. Here’s an example.

Taiwan’s hypermarket chain, Far Eastern Geant for instance, will hang posters embedded with NFC tags at their stores. Shoppers walk by, wave their NFC mobile across the poster and walk away with a coupon downloaded to the SIM for use at the checkout or for later purchases. Moreover, subscribers can view and interact with services provisioned using the mobile’s own web browser.

Embedding this function in SIM cards allows users to swap devices without any disruption in service, and lets mobile operators introduce new services through it, such as topping up your minutes at a terminal. NFC is becoming a growing market, and getting the technology inside a SIM card could significantly increase adoption.