Pacific Epoch has confirmed that Waterloo, Canada based Research in Motion (Nasdaq: RIMM) today plans to announce a long-expected partnership with China Mobile (NYSE: CHL) to launch the BlackBerry “push-mail” mobile email solution in China. RIM has been working to enter China for at least six years, and first announced its intentions in the first quarter of 2002. China Mobile competitor China Unicom (NYSE: CHU) announced its competing “RedBerry” mobile email service in early April 2006. RIM’s announcement is expected before the market opens on May 11.
Incidentally, RIM’s stock was up 2 points during pre-maket trading on the Nasdaq — now at 11 am New York time, the stock is down a few cents. There goes our rent.
While we are on the subject of mobile technology, check out this cool/weird fengshui phone from Motorola, brought to you by Unwiredview. Apparently, Motorola is trying to patent this technology, and we quote “Method and apparatus for evaluating locations according to Feng Shui principles“. Much to the chagrin and embarassmet of Nokia scientists … we guess. Anyhow, some of the features are truly out of this world:
- Three-dimensional Hall-effect sensor for measuring the strength of electromagnetic fields and to form a compass to determine the geographic direction in which the main wall of the house faces.
- Digital camera to determine color saturation, order and balance of the surroundings.
- GPS receiver to determine geographic location of the phone.
- The coordinates are then sent to the GIS databse through wireless network to to get the information about the surroundings of the location, e.g. the distance from the undesirable sites such as major airports, landfills, and factories.
- Cellphone microphone is used to measure noise level of the location.
- AM/FM radio to measure the AM and FM transmission strength and the distance form nearest AM/FM towers.
No more wondering why you can’t even score at Windows Too. Gotta be the bad chi, dude … gotta be.