Taiwan Mobile (TWM), one of the major mobile communication services providers in Taiwan, on September 4 officially signed a contract with Research In Motion (RIM) to offer BlackBerry services in the Taiwan, according to sources at TWM.

While stating that RIM has signed a contract with TWM, Norm Lo, vice president for Asia-Pacific at RIM, declined to confirm whether the contract will entitle TWM to exclusive rights to offer BlackBerry services in Taiwan.

In response to market rumors stating that Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) will also team up with RIM to provide BlackBerry services in Taiwan, Lo said that RIM currently has no plans to establish ties with other Taiwan telecom companies besides TWM.

Lo also stated that RIM's licensing agreement with High Tech Computer (HTC) would only allow HTC to manufacture BlackBerry Connect handsets, but not models supporting BlackBerry Built-In technology. BlackBerry Connect technology focuses mainly on push e-mail functionality, Lo added.

With BlackBerry-enabled handsets now accounting for 25.5% of the world's smartphone market, RIM is confident to become one of the largest of smartphone vendors in Taiwan in the near future, Lo contended. -- Read More