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Blackberry says it will continue to support Japanese sales

But doesn't give Blackberry 10 launch date
Fri Feb 08 2013, 15:37
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CANADIAN SMARTPHONE MAKER Blackberry has said it will continue to support sales of Blackberry smartphones in Japan.

The Nikkei had reported that Blackberry was going to stop selling smartphones in Japan, citing the cost of developing its user interface to work with the Japanese language. However the firm said that while it has yet to announce plans to launch Blackberry 10 devices in Japan, it will continue to support Blackberry sales in Japan.

Blackberry's latest mobile operating system and its Z10 smartphone have been garnering generally positive reviews, and while the firm has been reporting better than expected sales in the UK, it seems it isn't in much of a hurry to launch in Japan. However reports that it would stop selling smartphones in Japan entirely must have been premature.

Blackberry said in a statement, "Blackberry enjoys a constructive relationship with trusted partner, NTT Docomo, and we will continue to support the carrier's ongoing Blackberry sales in Japan."

The firm added that while it has yet to announce when Japan will see Blackberry 10 devices, it will continue to provide service and support.

The company said, "We have not announced plans to launch Blackberry 10 in Japan, but this does not affect our key priorities in the market: to continue to provide Blackberry service and robust support to Blackberry's Japanese customers, both consumers and business users."

Whether Blackberry decides to launch its latest crop of smartphones in Japan or not, even if it is simply supporting existing sales, it is likely that its customers that have deployed hundreds or thousands of devices and have support contracts will still be able to buy replacement devices from Blackberry. µ


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