Blackberry makes Indian debut next week?

RIM’s global expansion continues. Packetology principal Aman Kapoor tells us that Bharti Telecom, the largest GSM operator in India is going to launch RIM’s Blackberry devices in that country early next week. Though he is short on details, it wouldn’t be a surprise, for the Indian consumers have been lusting for smart phones and PDA type devices. He did not reveal what model will be made available in India, but my guess is that it is going to be 7100 Charm. PalmOne’s Treo 600 is already quite popular in India, and more smart phones are headed to the second hottest market on the planet. I think these smart phones make sense for a country like India, which has very low PC penetration. We all know how to use Treo as a near PC replacement. But I have high hopes for RIM because of its seamless always-on experience. For Bharti, I am sure this is a way to up sell. They desperately need people to start using their GPRS and soon EDGE services.It would be a good way to get high-spending customers away from Hutch.


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