SK Telecom bringing BlackBerrys to South Korea


BlackBerry Bold

It’s been awhile since we’ve talked about South Korea on BlackBerry Cool, and for good reason, as RIM had been facing resistance in South Korea due to public perception and issues with software standards. Today we have some great news for our South Korean brethren: SK Telecom and RIM have jointly announced that the BlackBerry Bold 9000 will launch on December 29th for corporate customers (no plans have yet been finalized for consumers).

New members of the BlackBerry Nation can read our exhaustive BlackBerry Bold review below, or find more information on what was preventing BlackBerrys from coming to South Korea after the jump.

The Ultimate BlackBerry Bold Review (with full device Specs)

Use of the Blackberry and other foreign smart phones has been hampered by a South Korean rule that required all mobile devices to carry special software adapted to South Korea’s wireless internet platform. An exception to the rule was made earlier this year, paving the way for the Blackberry’s arrival.

The Korean Communications Commission announced Wednesday that the requirement will be abolished from April 1, which could entice foreign smart phone makers — which have shied away because of the extra cost involved in modifying their phones — to enter South Korea.