Conference Call Highlights: Research In Motion Exec Discusses China Mobile Deal (RIMM, CHL)

 |  Includes: BBRY, CHL
by: SA Editors

From Research In Motion's (RIMM) fiscal Q1 2007 earnings conference call transcript:

James L. Balsillie - Chairman and Co-CEO

We are continuing to gain grounds in Asia-Pacific. The BlackBerry 8700 was launched with numerous carriers throughout the Asia-Pacific region in Q2. These launches were supported by extensive advertising and sales and marketing campaigns by our carrier partners. The new BlackBerry 8700 devices have garnered a lot of positive customer feedback and healthy demand. Overall, BlackBerry adoption and sales across the Asia-Pacific continue to grow strongly.

China Mobile launched BlackBerry service in mainland China. China Mobile is now offering BlackBerry-enabled SIM cards with the 31 provincial operators who comprise the China Mobile nationwide network. They are initially targeting multi-national corporations with operations in China. We expect to announce later this year the availability of BlackBerry product, including RIM devices and BlackBerry Enterprise Server for the mainland China market.

Significant new carrier relationships in Asian markets were also announced in Q2. PCCW Mobile launched BlackBerry in Hong Kong, and is now offering BlackBerry 8700g, BlackBerry 7100g, and BlackBerry 7290 for both corporate and individual customers. KT Powertel launched BlackBerry in South Korea, and with the 7100i together with the BlackBerry Enterprise Server. NTT DoCoMo announced plans to offer BlackBerry in Japan this fall. Taiwan Mobile announced plans to offer BlackBerry later this year.