BlackBerry Won’t Offer New Smartphones in Japan


BlackBerry has been talking up its new BlackBerry 10 smartphones for months even though the devices only recently launched. Early reports indicate the BlackBerry is doing well in the UK and Canada with its Z10 BlackBerry 10 smartphones. We also know that the new BlackBerry 10 smartphones are destined for other countries, including the US.

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However, BlackBerry recently noted that it would stop selling smartphones in Japan. BlackBerry confirmed with All Things D this week that it was pulling out of the Japanese market, for the time being. A BlackBerry spokesperson said that Japan is not a major market for the company and it has no plans to launch BlackBerry 10 devices within Japan.

BlackBerry leaving the Japanese smartphone market isn’t that big of a surprise. All Things D reports that the company’s market share within Japan has declined so much that it’s no longer listed by name in the comScore smartphone market survey for Japan.

via All Things D