1. missing_K-W's Avatar
    I find RIM's rapid global market expansion rather remarkable.. RIM is currently pressing hard into new markets at a very accelerated pace.

    BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion to expand footprint to 160 cities in India - The Economic Times
    02-12-12 04:34 PM
  2. sam_b77's Avatar
    RIM has a huge presence in India. Blackberrys are very popular here and since we are about six months behind the western tech world we are more patient with tech catching up.

    In my friend circle everyone has a BB. I find it amazing that when we go out as a group of 5 couples, there are ten BBs on the table and always wonder what Crackberrians would say about that. Amongst us we have ten BBs and six PBs. 5 9900s, 3 9700s, 1 Curve 3g and 1 9860.

    RIM has a lot of leverage here to the extent that when people compare the latest Android or iPhone with BBs with their cell phone retailer, the retailer normally responds that they shouldn't compare those with BBs as BBs are a different class altogether. I have seen the retailers trash the Samsung Note etc in favour of BBs.

    RIM just has to build on this in India. Already the market is awash with rumours of BB10 devices and I feel if RIM gets it right they will rule this market.

    RIM has 15% of smartphone market share in India as compared to 2% market share of iPhone. By the time LTE is rolled out in India the BB10 devices should be in place.
    02-12-12 04:50 PM
  3. world traveler and former ceo's Avatar
    RIM really needs to capitalize here and establish significant penetration and marketing brand here ... they cannot afford to drop the ball again ....
    02-12-12 08:47 PM
  4. Dapper37's Avatar
    Good news, India is a jewel of a market to be popular in.
    The article makes the case that RIM is on the right path when offering a selection of devices to their customers. Theres nothing wrong with 3 price points.
    Last edited by Dapper37; 02-12-12 at 09:29 PM.
    02-12-12 09:20 PM
  5. phoreoneone's Avatar
    its just in north america that bbs arent popular. everywhere else in the world you can see them everywhere

    just like nokia
    02-13-12 07:47 PM
  6. AWDragon200's Avatar
    its just in north america that bbs arent popular. everywhere else in the world you can see them everywhere

    just like nokia
    Actually in Canada, Blackberry has 35-40% of smartphone market share from an article in The Toronto Star in Dec. It's really only the USA market that has been swamped by Iphone and Android.
    02-14-12 10:49 PM
  7. AWDragon200's Avatar
    RIM has a huge presence in India. Blackberrys are very popular here and since we are about six months behind the western tech world we are more patient with tech catching up.

    In my friend circle everyone has a BB. I find it amazing that when we go out as a group of 5 couples, there are ten BBs on the table and always wonder what Crackberrians would say about that. Amongst us we have ten BBs and six PBs. 5 9900s, 3 9700s, 1 Curve 3g and 1 9860.

    RIM has a lot of leverage here to the extent that when people compare the latest Android or iPhone with BBs with their cell phone retailer, the retailer normally responds that they shouldn't compare those with BBs as BBs are a different class altogether. I have seen the retailers trash the Samsung Note etc in favour of BBs.

    RIM just has to build on this in India. Already the market is awash with rumours of BB10 devices and I feel if RIM gets it right they will rule this market.

    RIM has 15% of smartphone market share in India as compared to 2% market share of iPhone. By the time LTE is rolled out in India the BB10 devices should be in place.
    India is a true Crackberry Nation! Hip hip hooray! Keep up the BB Love!
    02-14-12 10:51 PM
  8. BBNation's Avatar
    India adds/sells more cell phone users every year than Canada's population. I think RIM will be # 1 in India in coming years especially when it is endorsed by Bollywood.
    02-14-12 11:18 PM
  9. walcolm's Avatar
    RIM has a huge presence in India. Blackberrys are very popular here and since we are about six months behind the western tech world we are more patient with tech catching up.

    In my friend circle everyone has a BB. I find it amazing that when we go out as a group of 5 couples, there are ten BBs on the table and always wonder what Crackberrians would say about that. Amongst us we have ten BBs and six PBs. 5 9900s, 3 9700s, 1 Curve 3g and 1 9860..
    next time you go out you should take a pic of all those blackberries on the table and send to Kevin
    02-15-12 12:37 AM
  10. NaijaBerry's Avatar
    In Nigeria blackberries rule the smartphone market, the rich and the poor have them and more of the poor want them badly, so you've got a huge market for second hand bb's and you can see some of those very old models still in use out here. Iphone, a very few of middle to upper class have them, mostly for pose value and android, well, just doesn't exist! Surprisingly though the bb porsche is used by a whole lot of people, especially the ladies!
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    02-15-12 01:05 AM
  11. ritesh's Avatar
    People should watch this to understand the BB craze in Nigeria. They have a couple of movies made on it. I am in love with Nollywood

    BlackBerry Babes - YouTube
    02-15-12 01:10 AM
  12. Rootbrian's Avatar
    I can't wait to see blackberry being used in bollywood. I love that genre!
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    02-15-12 03:51 AM
  13. world traveler and former ceo's Avatar
    RIM need to do everything humanly possible to dominate this important market!.... no second chance!! .....
    02-15-12 04:25 AM
  14. sam_b77's Avatar
    next time you go out you should take a pic of all those blackberries on the table and send to Kevin
    Already posted in the BB Madness thread. Only 5 in this one. The rest were missing in action that day. Will try another one next we are out.
    02-15-12 08:08 AM
  15. CranBerry413's Avatar
    That is awesome to see. I actually think getting a firm foothold in India is an awesome move by RIM. To be in one of the most heavily populated countries in the world is no small feat.
    02-16-12 08:46 AM
  16. varmaqs's Avatar
    I think RIM first needs to bring down the prices in India. I have lost most my BBM friends for the very same reason.

    The prices for BIS in Andhra are $6 (Chats and emails only) and $8 for full access. Where as the prices for a 2GB data bundle is $2 for other phones. So when most of my friends are calculating the running costs which is $8 versus $2. Four times expensive!!!

    I hope some one from RIM India is reading this.
    02-17-12 01:30 AM
  17. Hawkeberry's Avatar
    I think RIM first needs to bring down the prices in India. I have lost most my BBM friends for the very same reason.

    The prices for BIS in Andhra are $6 (Chats and emails only) and $8 for full access. Where as the prices for a 2GB data bundle is $2 for other phones. So when most of my friends are calculating the running costs which is $8 versus $2. Four times expensive!!!

    I hope some one from RIM India is reading this.
    Agree, it is a bit expensive but the 8$ is not just for internet but also for BBM, push emails and better data compression. 5-6$ would be ideal
    02-17-12 02:21 AM
  18. sam_b77's Avatar
    Check with your provider. You have the wrong plan.
    I'm assuming Andhra has airtel operating there. Airtel will offer BBM+CHats at Rs.299, unlimited device browsing+BBM+mails at Rs.599 and all of the above + 2GB of tethered data for Rs.899.

    There is no 2GB tethering plan for $2 for any device.
    02-17-12 02:38 AM
  19. Hawkeberry's Avatar
    I think he meant for non-Blackberry phones. You get 2GB / 1 GB data for 96-99 Rupees
    02-17-12 02:43 AM
  20. Binod's Avatar
    I think RIM first needs to bring down the prices in India. I have lost most my BBM friends for the very same reason.

    The prices for BIS in Andhra are $6 (Chats and emails only) and $8 for full access. Where as the prices for a 2GB data bundle is $2 for other phones. So when most of my friends are calculating the running costs which is $8 versus $2. Four times expensive!!!

    I hope some one from RIM India is reading this.
    i absolutely agree with your point.If BB india introduces limited BIS full access plans such as Rs.99 for 500MB or Rs.199 for 1GB,then BBs will become a rage here.Most of my friends want to have a BB but do not buy one just because of the hefty data tariffs.One can consider the somewhat costlier price tags of BBs,but most people do not want to pay for the significantly higer data tariffs.I myself think about switching to Android just because of the high BIS tariffs.
    02-18-12 03:26 AM
  21. Binod's Avatar
    RIM India should introduce limited full access BIS plans such as Rs.99 for 500MB,Rs.199 for 1GB.If it happens like this BBs will become a rage in India.Its the data tariffs which are keeping away most of the interested people from BBs.
    02-18-12 03:33 AM
  22. Binod's Avatar
    Most of my friends initially wanted to have BBs but ultimately went for Androids just because of the expensive BIS tariffs.Currently all BIS plans are for unlimited access,which does not suit everybody's pockets.RIM should introduce limited full access BIS plans also.If normal GPRS/EDGE tariff is Rs.100 for 1-2 GB,RIM could provide Rs.100 for 200MB,Rs.199 for 500MB,Rs.299 for 1GB.These kind of tariff plans for BIS will provide a lot of choice to the consumers who want to have a taste of the BBs.They should charge a premium over the plain vanilla data tariffs but at least they should introduce some limited full access BIS plans also.
    02-18-12 04:02 AM
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