BlackBerry to debut in China by month’s end

Interfax is reporting that the long awaited Blackberry debut in China will be realized by month’s end as China Mobile as the exclusive distributor.

“China Mobile will have exclusive rights to sell the new BlackBerry model, along with its current BlackBerry services, in China. We have already received an order for 10,000 of the handsets from China Mobile,” TCL Communications public relations department official, Cheng Yanyan, said. “The new handset will be sold under the dual brand name ‘Alcatel BlackBerry 8700’,” Cheng said.

The new Alcatel BlackBerry 8700 features synchronized e-mail, calendar and address book. The China model will support one e-mail account and will be compatible with various e-mail clients, such as IBM’s Lotus Notes and Microsoft Outlook. China Mobile currently offers two BlackBerry tariffs, one at RMB 398 ($53.8) per month and the other at RMB 598 ($80.8) per month.

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