From Research In Motion's (ticker: RIMM) fiscal Q4 2006 earnings conference call:
Jim Balsillie - Chairman, Co-CEO
We are on the verge of launching BlackBerry service with China Mobile and expect to launch by the end of May. We are operationally ready to move forward with BlackBerry service in China and expect the initial service launch to be nationwide across all 30 provincial operators that comprise the China Mobile network.
With the launch, which will initially target multinational corporations with operations in China, China Mobile will be selling their SIM to offer BlackBerry service for users already with access to BlackBerry handhelds and software. Customers will be able to select service using BIS, BES, or both.
We’re also actively working on plans for a full product launch with China Mobile offering BlackBerry handhelds and BES software. China Mobile is currently testing 8700G handhelds, and we expect these to be available in China later in fiscal 2007.