Monday, February 6, 2023

Interview with Blackberry SEA

Malaysian Wireless earlier today met up with Gregory Wade, Managing Director for Research In Motion Limited (RIM), SEA where he talks about the latest developments in Blackberry.

We all know Blackberry for its email capabilities, but Blackberry devices are not only about emails today, it’s also a powerful social networking tool as well.

Celcom, Maxis and DiGi, all offer Blackberry services. Answering questions from this blog, Gregory said that the relationship with the telcos are very important to them and he claims that the telcos know their customers better. While Blackberry has always known for their presence via the mobile operators, Gregory says that things will be different as RIM plans to engage the consumer market directly with more activities. He claims that these are already taking place in Indonesia via social media and direct campaigns by RIM.

Other key points from this interview:

  • BlackBerry Mobile Voice System 5.0 was announced for enterprise/business users
  • 20 million Blackberry Messenger worldwide, “many” users in Malaysia
  • No plans for Blackberry Service Center in Malaysia, for now
  • Blackberry to focus on Super Apps(such as the Twitter for Blackberry App)
  • Gregory did not want to comment on the BlackBerry Pearl 3G 9100 pricing but he said that the phone should be available in Q3 (Malaysia)
  • RIM is planning to directly engage local developers in Malaysia(Indonesia & Taiwan), for Blackberry App World
  • No comments- on numbers of  Blackberry smartphones planned for this year
  • No comments- if more phones similar to the entry level Blackberry Curve 8520 will be available anytime soon
  • Upcoming- Location Based Service(apps) with the operators, no details were given

Watch the Blackberry OS 6 preview over here.

Overall, RIM has long term plans to stay in Malaysia !


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Kugan is the co-founder of MalaysianWireless. He has been observing the mobile industry since 2003. Connect with him on Twitter: @scamboy

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