The popular BlackBerry service will finally launch in Taiwan this week after being delayed in order to gain regulatory approval, a company representative confirmed Monday.
The service was originally slated to be up and running over the summer, and even a formal ceremony in September did not turn out to be the launch date for Research In Motion (RIM) and its local partner Taiwan Mobile. The island’s National Communications Commission finally gave the service a green light last week.
BlackBerry messaging and Internet access services will officially launch in Taiwan Wednesday.
Taiwan will become the 17th country in the Asia-Pacific region to adopt the BlackBerry, but the service could face stiff competition on an island full of companies loyal to Microsoft. The robust PC industry in Taiwan depends mainly on Microsoft for its Windows OS and other software. The largest handset maker backing the Microsoft Windows Mobile OS, High Tech Computer (HTC), is also from Taiwan.
RIM has worked with local handset makers to avoid potential conflicts.
Dopod International last week announced that two of its Windows Mobile handsets will be able to use BlackBerry services. The company installed RIM’s BlackBerry Connect software on its 838Pro and C720W devices, which are aimed at users in Asia.
Dopod obtained the software through an existing licensing relationship between HTC and RIM. Dopod was bought by HTC earlier this year. Users will be able to use the Dopod Windows Mobile-based handsets to access BlackBerry services with support for both BlackBerry Enterprise Server and BlackBerry Internet Service.