Obama the unwitting spokesman for impressive BlackBerry rip-off | South China Morning Post
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Research In Motion (RIM) is a Canadian company best known for developing the BlackBerry, which was the dominant popular smartphone until the advent of Apple’s iPhone in 2007. The iPhone quickly found favour with BlackBerry users, particularly in corporate circle, and competition intensified after the iPhone’s success inspired companies like Samsung Electronics to launch smartphones powered by Google’s Android operating system. In January 2013, RIM launched a comeback effort, with a new line of handsets, and changed its name to BlackBerry.

Obama the unwitting spokesman for impressive BlackBerry rip-off

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 20 June, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 20 June, 2009, 12:00am

The world has BlackBerry: China has BlockBerry. The latter is a knock-off of the popular hand-held device. But mainland manufacturer Haff-comm is not content to just clone the device; it now has US President Barack Obama as a spokesman endorsing the product.

The ad (above) says, 'Obama has BlackBerry, I have BlockBerry', apparently exploiting the widely reported refusal of the president to part with his BlackBerry, despite security concerns about it potentially being hacked into by cyber-criminals or terrorists.

The White House has so far not threatened to take action against possible infringement of the president's copyright. Or perhaps it is demanding royalties.

The mainland's BlockBerry Storm 9500 boasts of a 460MHz processor, a large touch screen, Wi-fi, Bluetooth, global positioning service and supports 3G. Pretty good for a knock-off.


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