BlackBerry in India: Losing its Premium Image?

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Case Code : MKTG291
Case Length :16 Pages
Period :2010-2011
Pub Date : 2012
Teaching Note : Not Available
Organization :Research In Motion
Industry : Smartphones
Countries : India

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