The long awaited BlackBerry version of Kakao Talk has taken one more baby step toward fruition.
RIM has announced plans to run a trial service on BlackBerries for 10 days beginning June 27. The test service will be available to around 200 users and, barring hiccups, the full-fledged official version will be released at the beginning of next month.
Korea’s BlackBerry users have been busy Tweeting their approval though some are holding back on celebrations until the service actually arrives.
Meanwhile, SK Communications has signed a deal with Cizion to combine the comment systems on on SK’s Cyworld, Nate and C-Log sites with Cizion’s already hugely popular LiveRe (akin to a Korean version of Disqus). Under the deal, Cyworld’s 25 million Korean users will be able to sign on using their Nate IDs, and simultaneously post comments to Twitter and Facebook, and the Korean social media services me2DAY and Yozm.
LiveRe has proved a big hit on the Korean internet since founding in 2010, and is now used by more then 200 NGOs, media sites and companies, along with countless bloggers. Its growing influence has even played a part in chipping away at Korea’s real-name system, a process this new deal could very well help help push along.