Even though RIM and Apple target completely different market segments, they have one thing in common: they don’t fare too well in China.
For developers, entering the Chinese market can be extremely lucrative. Mobile Business Briefing now reports the following:
BlackBerry maker RIM is to launch a Chinese version of its applications store as part of a major company push into the world’s largest mobile market. Greg Shea, head of RIM in China, told Reuters that App World China will launch “soon,” as well as consumer Internet services. RIM’s efforts to grow its Chinese presence follow the May launch of BlackBerry services in China via the country’s third-largest mobile operator, CDMA carrier China Telecom. China Mobile – the world’s largest mobile operator – offers BlackBerry services over its 2G GSM network but is working with RIM on the production of devices capable of supporting its 3G network based on TD-SCDMA technology.
As of this writing, not much more is known. However, stay tuned for further info as we get it!