Blackberry in Korea?


There are times when I'm a little too Canada-centric.  It didn't occur to me today that there are places that just don't love the wee Blackberry as much as we do in Canada... In reading a snippet from the Korea Times, my interest was piqued by an article outlining the pressure that the Canadian Chamber of Commerce would like to apply to Korea.

TELUS International is one of the sole distributors of Blackberrys (if not the only one) in South Korea - and one of the bits that makes it difficult to gain any foothold is the fact that the South Korean government has a requirement that all smartphones carry a software standard called WIPI (Wireless Internet Platform for Interoperability).  I don't yet know much about WIPI, perhaps it's a *good* thing to enforce, perhaps it's simply just a method to control the wireless infrastructure of a nation?



Canada Wants Korea Lift Ban on Blackberry(The Korea Times)
``Blackberry is the signature high-tech product of Canada,'' Terry Tuharsky, the chairman of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Korea, said in his meeting with The Korea Times on Tuesday, which was one of his numerous interviews with Korean and foreign press this week.``I want to ask you how Korean politicians will act if Canada does not allow Samsung or Hyundai to sell their products,'' he said, adding that ``the storm is brewing'' in Canada already.





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