RIM encountering resistance in Korea

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.

5 Responses to “RIM encountering resistance in Korea”

  1. 1 Andrae Griffith

    Not sure how Toyota factors into this equation… Seeing as they are from Japan… just saying…

  2. 2 Chen

    Yeah, I’m sure Canada will miss those JAPANESE made Toyotas???


  3. 3 David

    Oh man, I hope Korea changes this. I have been dying for Blackberry in Korea. The Samsung Blackjack sux a$$.

  4. 4 blee

    I love my bb.. but maybe RIM should start catching up to “modern” wireless standards.. I mean I know WIPI is something different, but give us some 3G!

  5. 5 bron

    hehe thats so so funny! toyota isnt even from korea^^ but you have some kind of point there… how would koreans feel if there were unreasonable limitations placed on their exort products? im a foreigner living in korea and id love to be able to use a blackberry freely but theres all kinds of annoying hiccups!

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