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RIM taps Chinese cellphone market with new Blackberry versions Saveri | , 1 p.m. Dec. 11, 2009 2009-12-11

RIM (Research in Motion) has revealed its expansion plans in Chinese mobile market with the announcement of customized version of Blackberry devices that will support the local 3G standard.

The world’s second largest smartphone manufacturer behind HTC has signed an agreement with China Mobile to deliver Blackberry devices supporting TD-SCDMA network.

The new devices targeted at small companies and individual customers in China will start shipping soon.

In an official statement, Jim Balsillie, the company's co-chief executive said, “We view China as a strategic market. And China Mobile is by far the largest mobile carrier in the world.”

Modified versions of Blackberry devices will support China Mobile’s wireless and app services, but plans are on to introduce Blackberry’s own “App World” by next year.

Currently, China Mobile offers only one Blackberry model with packages ranging from 398 to 598 yuan per month.

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