BlackBerry Still Expecting China Launch

Missed 2007, but RIM hopes high for last major Asian market
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 11, 2008 10:37 AM CST
In this Aug. 30, 2007, file photo a Blackberry displays the Microsoft homepage in a downtown Toronto office. Research in Motion Ltd. expects to start selling soon in China. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The BlackBerry didn't make it to China—the last major market in Asia to be cracked—in 2007, as expected, but Research in Motion isn't worried yet, Reuters says. The decision when to launch is in the hands of China Mobile, RIM's service partner, says Charles Liu, RIM's top exec in China. "From my perspective, everything is according to plan."

China Mobile has begun selling SIM cards but has yet to put the BlackBerry on the market. When it does hit the shelves, it will have to vie with cheap local brands like the RedBerry, but Liu is says he's used to competition. A foothold in China would add to BlackBerry's  presence in 120 countries.