(Canadian Press Broadcast Wire (Canada) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) TORONTO - BlackBerry (TSX:BB) says while it has plans to launch its new smartphones in several countries, Japan won't be one of them.
The company, which formerly called itself Research In Motion, said Thursday that it doesn't have any plans to debut its new phones in the region.
A statement issued by the company said that Japan ``is not a major market'' for the BlackBerry device.
A report from business publication Nikkei suggested that BlackBerry decided against a Japanese phone because it would be too costly to modify the language of the new operating system.
But a source familiar with the phone's debut said the choice did not rest on costs associated specifically with the language settings.
The new BlackBerrys roll out in the United Arab Emirates and France next week, after making their debut in Canada this week.
(The Canadian Press)
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