The BlackBerry, one of the world's most successful handheld devices, is ready to open up to a much larger audience. RIM has shipped the first batch of BlackBerrys over to China
, with the aims of making the device for sale before the end of this year. The move is definitely not a bad one, and news of the move into China was very encouraging to investors.
For nearly a year and a half, RIM has been openly planning a Chinese deployment. This may have been delayed by other issues such as the settlement with NTP
just a few months before the original announcement. However, tremendous profits this year have likely boosted the company's ability to expand.
As the article brings out, even a minor portion of the Chinese market would be a significant boost to the company.