It seems like Korea’s local and unique software platform WIPI (Wireless Internet Platform for Interoperability), is in question of being kept or discarded. A Korean policy has forced manufacturers of wireless Internet mobile companies to comply with WIPI. Because of it, foreign companies cannot sell their products in Korea. Without question, WIPI is blocking Koreans from using BlackBerry phones and Iphones.
Terry Tuharsky, the chairman of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Korea once said, “WIPI is preventing Korea from having BlackBerry phones in their main networks, creating a huge problem on Korea’s image. Without BlackBerry phones, Korea will have difficulties in becoming a global financial hub.”