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CSL launches the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 in Hong Kong

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BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220

I have a friend or two living in Hong Kong, and when I ask them about the local smartphone culture (yes, I bother them with such things), they always tell me that Hong Kongers just loves themselves some flip phones. It makes sense, then, that CSL and RIM have teamed up to launch the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 in Hong Kong today.

“CSL has long been a carrier partner of RIM, bringing various BlackBerry smartphones to Hong Kong,” said Mr. Aenil Premji, Chief Marketing Officer of CSL. “With the launch of the BlackBerry Pearl Flip smartphone, we are happy to continue to work with RIM to bring more choice of BlackBerry models to customers.”

The BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 is now available at 1O1O centres and one2free shops for $3688 straight up. Those looking for more information can head to 1010′s website or the BlackBerry Pearl Flip page below.

1010′s BlackBerry Pearl Flip page
http://www.blackberrypearlflip.com.hk

Viettel, Alcatel-Lucent and RIM Announce the Launch of the BlackBerry Solution in Vietnam

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Ha Noi, Viet Nam, Paris, France and Waterloo, Ontario - Viettel, a leading mobile operator in Vietnam, Alcatel-Lucent and Research In Motion today announced the launch of the BlackBerry wireless solution in Vietnam. Using BlackBerry smartphones, Viettel customers will be able to wirelessly send and receive emails, make phone calls, browse the Internet, send text messages and access corporate and lifestyle applications when on the move.

At launch, Viettel will offer its customers the BlackBerry Pearl 8100 and the BlackBerry 8700 and the BlackBerry Curve 8320 smartphones as well as BlackBerry Enterprise Server for corporate customers and BlackBerry Internet Service for smaller businesses and individual users.

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BlackBerry Bold launches in Thailand via True Move

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BlackBerry Bold

The BlackBerry Bold continues its slow march towards launch domination across the world today, as True Move today jointly announced with RIM the launch of the BlackBerry Bold in Thailand.

“The BlackBerry Bold will enable our customers to stay efficiently connected with their professional and personal lives,” said Mr. Supoj Mahapan Group General Manager, International Services Business . “We are very excited to be building on our strong relationship with RIM to introduce the best-in-class BlackBerry Bold smartphone in Thailand.”

Priced at 28,900 Baht (cheaper than AIS’ BlackBerry Bold pricing), the BlackBerry Bold is now available at True Move stores across Thailand. You can read our exhaustive BlackBerry Bold review below, or learn more from True Move directly.

The Ultimate BlackBerry Bold Review (with full device specs)
http://www.truecorp.co.th/

BlackBerry Bold launches in Thailand

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BlackBerry Bold

AIS and Research In Motion jointly today announced the launch of the BlackBerry Bold in Thailand today. From the sound of it, they’re pretty excited:

“The BlackBerry Bold exudes quality in everything, from its localized keyboard and stunning display to its premium phone performance and breadth of functionality,” said Mr.Somchai Lertsuttiwong, Executive Vice President – Marketing, AIS. “It provides an outstanding mobile communications and multimedia experience and we are pleased to launch the BlackBerry Bold smartphone with RIM in Thailand.”

AIS is pricing the BlackBerry Bold at 32,900 Baht. For more information, head to www.ais.co.th. Make sure to also check out our thorough BlackBerry Bold review below.

The Ultimate BlackBerry Bold Review (with full device specs)

India adds 7.7 million GSM customers in October (BlackBerry Bytes)

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IndiaAnyone who wonders why RIM’s recent troubles bringing BlackBerrys to India were such a big deal need only look at these numbers to understand. According to the Cellular Operators’ Association of India (COAI), India’s GSM networks added a record breaking 7.7 million net customers in October, bringing India’s total GSM base to 241.4 million. These figures, however, do not include the GSM subscriber base from Reliance Communications - which although a predominantly CDMA operator has a growing GSM base as well. Adding Reliance Communications’ estimated 9.2 million GSM subscribers would bring India’s total base to over 250 million GSM customers.

250 million GSM subscribers - just think about that number for a second. That’s almost the population of the United States. How much would it improve RIM’s bottom line to grab even a small percentage of that number?

|via CN|

Using your BlackBerry Storm in Asia - Where has your BlackBerry been?

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Today someone posted on CnetAsia, “[Can you] use a US-bought BlackBerry Storm in Singapore?” The answer was provided by John Chan, Assistan Editor at CnetAsia, who says:

Because it has GSM and UMTS radios, yes, a US-bought Storm will work in Singapore. But, and this is a very big but, you will incur roaming charges because very likely, the phone will be locked to the Verizon network in the US and you won’t be able to simply make use of SIM cards from a Singapore operator.

Furthermore, getting the handheld will require you to sign a contract with Verizon. So there are many barriers that will prevent you from using a US-bought Storm in Singapore. It’s probably safer to wait for its official release in Asia.

I recently got back from Seoul, South Korea where my BlackBerry picked up a calling signal, but I was too afraid of turning on the data roaming for fear of getting hit with a giant bill. I’m curious, where have you taken your BlackBerry?

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