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Old 10-06-2005, 08:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My company is using a blackberry infrastructure here in USA, and wants to extend to our regional stores in Japan and Korea. Unfortuantely I cant find any providers in those areas who offer blackberry phones or service! I have checked the websites of nTT docomo, KDDI, VodaPhone and SKtelecom to no avail. Does anyone know if these or any other providers in these countries sell or can provide services for blackberries, even if we have to aquire them elsewhere?

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Old 10-06-2005, 09:35 AM   #2 (permalink)
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And I don't believe you will soon, either. Japan is on a different mobile standard than the rest of the world and Korea uses CDMA, but in a different set of spectrum than in the U.S., at least that's what I'm told.
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Old 10-06-2005, 10:57 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I agree with Mark. There are no existing BlackBerrys that will work in either Korea or Japan. None.
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Is there any updated news about Blackberry in Japan? I see BES can use CDMA2000 networks, and there's been a lot of change since this thread, so was wondering. Not finding anything conclusive in googling.

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You'd think that with the advent of BlackBerry Connect, we would be seeing devices that can run in Japan by now. The problem we have is that there are other solutions available but we want a worldwide standard.

Has anyone had a discussion with RIM about their intentions in Japan?
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Japan uses WCDMA 2100 for the most part (NTT and Vodafone KK both do for sure), while South Korea is CDMA/EVDO 800.

There is a miniscule possibility that you could use a 7130 on the SKT network, but you would need the MSL for it, and there is a good possibility that the data traffic would not get passed back to your BES.
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I am also in the same situation - need to provide BlackBerry service in Japan which I know is not possible.

I am going to attempt it with a Nokia phone and BlackBerry connect for the time being.

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Nevermind looks like BB Connect will not work on any 3G Japanese phones as of now.

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Old 02-07-2006, 11:02 AM   #8 (permalink)
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You should be able to see BlackBerry in Korea sometime eventually -- RIM is looking into it.
http://www.zdnetasia.com/news/commun...9232188,00.htm
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There are several parties looking seriously at offering Blackberry service in Japan, but it could take quite a while, if it in fact ever happens.

There are tons of Windows Mobile options. Willcomm has a great device in Japan, if you can actually get your hands on one.
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Has anyone tried using the Verizon 8703e in Korea? I will be in Korea early next year and wanted to know what my options were for BB service. Heck, I would even be happy with just normal phone service there (no email, etc.).

I know this phone just came out, but anyone know if its theoretically possible to make this work?
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There was also a press release by RIM on June 8 that NTT DoCoMo will market BlackBerry devices on W-CDMA and GSM/GPRS networks.

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Press Release
June 8, 2006

NTT DoCoMo and RIM Agree to Sell BlackBerry in Japan

Tokyo, Japan, and Waterloo, ON - NTT DoCoMo, Inc. (DoCoMo) and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) announced today that DoCoMo will start marketing RIM’s BlackBerry® handheld devices to its corporate customers in autumn 2006.

DoCoMo will provide the devices to further meet corporate users’ needs for mobile business solutions. BlackBerry Enterprise Server™ software tightly integrates with Microsoft® Exchange, IBM Lotus®Domino® and Novell GroupWise®, and enables secure, push-based wireless access to e-mail and other corporate data.

The BlackBerry handheld devices to be sold in Japan will operate on both W-CDMA (UMTS) and GSM/GPRS networks and will be useable around the world for voice and packet (data) communications. The devices will have QWERTY keyboards, similar to those of PCs, for fast and easy thumb typing.
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