Research In Motion will develop a version of its BlackBerry handset that supports China’s homegrown 3G standard, TD-SCDMA, the company said Tuesday, expanding an existing partnership with operator China Mobile.
RIM and China Mobile will jointly develop BlackBerry models fthat support TD-SCDMA and TD-LTE, a more advanced mobile technology that is currently under development in China, they said in a statement. The companies did not say when the TD-SCDMA version of the BlackBerry will be available.
China Mobile — which has sold BlackBerries in China since 2006 — will offer the BlackBerry Internet Service starting next year, giving Chinese BlackBerry users access to multiple POP3/IMAP e-mail accounts, and expand its sales focus to include small businesses and consumers.
Developed largely in China, TD-SCDMA (Time Division Synchronous Code Division Multiple Access) is the 3G standard used by China Mobile, the country’s largest mobile operator. The operator is the only one in the world that uses this particular flavor of 3G, which means there aren’t as many handsets that support it.