RIM’s Blackberry Debuts In China Market


RIM (NSDQ: RIMM) is entering the Chinese market at the end of the month through its exclusive distribution deal with China Mobile to carry its Blackbery handsets, Interfax reports. TCL Communications, the manufacturer of Blackberry in China said it had received an order for 10,000 units from the wireless carrier. The handset is being sold as the ‘Alcatel BlackBerry 8700’. TCL, which owns the Alcatel mobile phone brand aided RIM in getting the 8700 certified for the Chinese market. No price yet on the new 8700 handset. China Mobile already provides two Blackberry service packages for those bringing their handsets from abroad, one at RMB 398 ($53.8) per month and the other at RMB 598 ($80.8) per month.

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