for the largest cell phone markets in the world...China and India? with a qwerty keyboard? honestly...BB only sells well because of the buy 1, get 1 free CDMA business model...
while the gimmick is good, but it wont sell in most non-english speaking countries with a UMTS cell network..
Without a doubt. RIM has been supported in those countries since 2006. It's now officially launching its full-fledged services in China, India, Russia, and a whole host of other countries. The Middle East where Arabic script (probably spelled that wrong) is predominate, has had RIM service for a while now.
RIM has UTMS-based, CDMA-based, and dual radio-based phones for each and every market there is on the face of the planet. And it sells well because it's the most secure way of communications businesses can buy. Not even the iPhone can touch a BlackBerry, yet, for this reason. It's catching up, but it's still got a lot of security holes to patch.
I think you're underestimating the education of the people in those countries. English is taught as a secondary language because it's used the world over. It's kind of become the "standard language", if you will. If you can afford the monthly service expense of a smartphone with a QWERTY keyboard, you'll have the education to recognize the English alphabet.