Research in Motion (RIM) the makers of the world renowned Blackberry smart phones has declined to extend its services to Bhutan. Though some features of the blackberry smartphones do work in Bhutan but its proprietary email and messenger services don’t work in Bhutan. The nation’s leading cellular services operator B-Mobile and TashiInfoComm have been lobbying with RIM to set up a blackberry server for the country. “They were unwilling and Bhutan is not a part of their business policy,” says TashiTshering, the Executive Director of TashiInfoComm.
According to our statistics they are a about a hundred blackberry user in the country.
The mobile phone market in Bhutan is booming but for a company the size of Blackberry the Bhutanese market is still too small. Having asked the company Research in Motion for their comment the spokesperson told us that to set up a Blackberry server costs a lot of money and they don’t expect to recover that money in the foreseeable future.
According to Brady an American tourist, “I work in a very competitive environment and need to be connected all the time even when I am on vacation. And not being able to access my mail is quiet a pain since even on holiday I am planning my trip from one wi-fi zone to another rather than enjoying the beautiful country”