BlackBerry May Not Launch BB10 In South Korea

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By Vijaykumar Meti | February 18, 2013 10:07 PM EST

Earlier this month, BlackBerry said it had no immediate plan to launch its BB10 lineup of smartphones in Japan. Now the company may not launch its flagship smartphone in the South Korean market as well.

Anonymous industry source told the Korean news website Yonhap that BlackBerry might hold its sales in the first half of this year due to sluggish sales in the South Korean market.

The Canadian company has witnessed falling sales in the Korean market which is currently dominated by South Korean companies like LG and Samsung. A number of users prefer to use Apple iPhone or smartphones that are running on Android operating system especially Samsung Galaxy range of device.

In addition to this, StatCounter represented the mobile operating market share in South Korea between January 2012 and January 2013. The statistics say Google Inc's Android operating system tops the market followed by Apple's iOS. With less than 0.07 percent of BlackBerry OS users in South Korea, BlackBerry has no visible mention in the statistic graph.

BlackBerry's Asian Pacific unit said it would continue to support sales of its ongoing BlackBerry smartphone in Korea with its trusted carrier partner - SK Telecom. It will also provide services and after-sales support to Korean BlackBerry users.

Back in December, Motorola Mobility also announced its plan to close its mobile sales in Korea. In July, the Taiwanese mobile maker HTC Crop also official announced its plan to close its Seoul office due to very slow sales.

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