China Telecom to bring BlackBerry, Palm handsets to China by early next year

November 23, 2009, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

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By early 2010, BlackBerry and Palm phones will start heading for China. Carrier China Telecom will be bringing in the BlackBerry handsets and Palm smartphones in a bid to crawl up to the top in a market dominated by major competitors in the Communist nation.

It may be recalled that competing major China Unicom had unveiled the Apple iPhone in China last month. Meanwhile, the other player China Mobile, which has also been dubbed the world’s largest mobile carrier, has said that it is talking to Apple to sell the iPhone on its network. It is here that China Telecom, the smallest player in the China telecommunications space, is bringing in the two phones on its network. Significant is the fact that China has the largest number of subscribers with more than 700 million users.

In such a market, when China Telecom brings in the BlackBerry and Palm phones, chances are that the carrier might gain an upper hand in the midst of cut throat competition. In the meantime, Research In Motion will look at China as a base for revenues when the BlackBerry makes it way to China. Same is the case with Palm which would be looking at making headway into the nation with the largest mobile subscriber base.

(Via Reuters)

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