Knock-offs pose threat to BlackBerrys in China

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.

Comments [2 Responses]

October 18th, 2007 at 2:09 am

I have no idea why they’re even bothering with the 8700 or the bloody 7290.

They should have started straight with the latest curve and pearl models, and perhaps the 88XX series.

Chinese consumers love flashy phones. They don’t want some boring business device. Whenever I take my curve out of my pocket I get stares and compliments. When I had my pearl, I once had a police captain offer to buy it from me.

As for the Redberry? I haven’t seen it and I wouldn’t worry too much about it. I don’t think it’s at the same level as RIM’s service.

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