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    RIM to Introduce Unlocked BlackBerries in India

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    Techtree.com: Research In Motion (RIM) will soon introduce 'unlocked' versions of its signature handset BlackBerry in India.

    Unlocked versions of the phone will allow the currently network-restricted (Airtel, Reliance Communications, and Vodafone) BlackBerry to function on the network of any telecom service provider.

    After attempting an image transition from being just an enterprise phone to a multimedia device in order to appeal more audiences, now RIM wants to attract another segment of the Indian masses that prefers to choose its telecom service provider.

    BlackBerry comes under the premium segment handset bracket; hence to crack the Indian market, it may also introduce a price-wise stripped down version of the Blackberry for the Indian market, reports suggest.

    Till now, the BlackBerry products were sold in India through partnerships with telecom operators.

    Now that there will be no such restrictions, to increase its presence in the market, BlackBerry handsets will now be more in sight of the consumers as RIM has collaborated with Redington India -- a distributor for popular brands like Nokia, Western Digital, IBM, Canon, Samsung, Seagate, APC, Asus, Computer Associates, Cisco, HCL and Hitachi.


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    This seems to be a growing trend among cell phone companies. Nokia sells unlocked E and N series worldwide. They realize its big money in unlocked phones, as they watch Ebay, craigalist, and the like. Goodbye cellphone unlocking businesses? We'll see.~via BB (wap.pinstack.com)~
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    I applaud making unlocked devices widely available! I wonder if RIM is planing on making them available in the US too...

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    That is sweet.
    But you know that will never happened in the US. With every company trying to find ways to squeeze money from consumers. Selling unlocked phone will be like giving away cell phone service. If this do happened; I will be shocked.
    ..........SHAKE N BAKE..........

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    Actually this translates to MORE money for cell phones companies. They sell unlocked phones directly to the customer for more than they sell locked ones to service providers. Service providers could actually afford to give away phones for free, as they make their money from lengthy contracts and alternate services. The ones that will lose out are the companies that make their money unlocking phones. Poor guys.~via BB (wap.pinstack.com)~

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    Just so you know Nokia sells unlocked phones in US as we speak~via BB (wap.pinstack.com)~

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