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Riot Police Called in for Blackberry Launch in Jakarta

By - Source: Press Association (via Yahoo! UK) | B 21 comments

Huge demand for a good deal on one of the latest BlackBerrys saw riot police called in to keep the peace.

When you hear reports that riot police have been called in to help calm crowds at a cell phone launch, many would assume it must have been an iPhone launch. After all, what other phone commands such a high level of excitement from shoppers? However, Apple products are not the only ones whipping shoppers into a frenzy. When priced right, BlackBerrys can have a similar effect.

The Press Association reports that riot police were last week deployed in the center of Jakarta after thousands of people showed up to try and bag a cheap Blackberry. The news outlet reports that there was a 50 percent discount on the $540 Bold 9790 for the first 1,000 people. News of the offer spread and people started showing up on Thursday night. By Friday morning, the 3,000-strong crowd was apparently rattling the gates to get in.

Sadly, there was a limited number of handsets available and when the crown outside Pacific Place shopping center was told that the phone had sold out, the PA says "the crowd of 3,000 went crazy" with some even fainting in the crush. Boy Genius Report says that as many as 90 people were injured.

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    southernshark , November 29, 2011 2:32 PM
    The Blackberry is still very positive in the third world. I see it all over Latin America as well. Some people really enjoy texting and the Blackberry does a great job of it.
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    southernshark , November 29, 2011 2:32 PM
    The Blackberry is still very positive in the third world. I see it all over Latin America as well. Some people really enjoy texting and the Blackberry does a great job of it.
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    veenk , November 29, 2011 2:38 PM
    I was actually there...it wasn't that chaotic at first...

    but then...boom...

    it was a hot day, crowded, n to make it worse 1000 bold for 3000...
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    _gs_ , November 29, 2011 3:02 PM
    RIM hasn't died in country with slow internet connection. Instead, it is very popular there, android and apple based devices can't be optimized due to the slow connection..
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    Anonymous , November 29, 2011 3:30 PM
    when you buy a blackberry there, you get a blackeye for free!
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    warezme , November 29, 2011 4:01 PM
    hacking blackberry tablet to run X86 is a big thing in that region from what I hear and now cheap with blackberry going under. I see the cause of the stampede
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    STravis , November 29, 2011 4:02 PM
    Way to keep up with the news... This happened on THURSDAY right?
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    proxy711 , November 29, 2011 4:21 PM
    STravisWay to keep up with the news... This happened on THURSDAY right?

    Which was thanksgiving for the US, most people had Wednesday - Sunday off. So really 1 day late boo hoo.
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    acadia11 , November 29, 2011 4:22 PM
    Oh my f......g god people have lost their minds.
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    captaincharisma , November 29, 2011 4:43 PM
    acadia11Oh my f......g god people have lost their minds.



    at least these people lose there minds for a real phone and not a shiny peace of junk
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    zubai , November 29, 2011 5:05 PM
    Typical Indonesian culture.
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    iceman1992 , November 29, 2011 5:22 PM
    I have to say, using both a BlackBerry and an iPhone, that I tend to use my BlackBerry a lot more than my iPhone. I can't endure lengthy messaging without a physical keyboard. In my opinion, BlackBerries are actually very good, it gets the job done quickly, and I am satisfied with it. Of course the new ones are a lot better. So I don't yet believe that RIM is dead. And being in Jakarta, I can say that BlackBerries being extremely popular is not caused merely by slow internet connections or lower prices than iPhones, but because the people here love to chat, and the BBM provides a seamless messaging experience (yes I've heard of iMessage). That said, the iPhone is also popular here in Jakarta, it's just not nearly as popular as BlackBerries.
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    DXRick , November 29, 2011 5:45 PM
    Obviously, non of them learned anything about the creative use of pepper spray for crowd control. I guess the US is still ahead of the rest of the world when it comes to mob shopping.
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    dstigue , November 29, 2011 7:14 PM
    iceman1992I have to say, using both a BlackBerry and an iPhone, that I tend to use my BlackBerry a lot more than my iPhone. I can't endure lengthy messaging without a physical keyboard. In my opinion, BlackBerries are actually very good, it gets the job done quickly, and I am satisfied with it. Of course the new ones are a lot better. So I don't yet believe that RIM is dead. And being in Jakarta, I can say that BlackBerries being extremely popular is not caused merely by slow internet connections or lower prices than iPhones, but because the people here love to chat, and the BBM provides a seamless messaging experience (yes I've heard of iMessage). That said, the iPhone is also popular here in Jakarta, it's just not nearly as popular as BlackBerries.


    Try Swype.. Or an alternative. I have an epic 4g and won't upgrade to any phone that doesn't have swype and my phone has a physical keyboard that I rarely use. It's only good fore serial keys or long strings of numbers or characters that don't have a logical order like passwords..
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    STravis , November 29, 2011 7:34 PM
    Proxy711Which was thanksgiving for the US, most people had Wednesday - Sunday off. So really 1 day late boo hoo.


    Huffpost had it on the day...so....it's not NEWS when you report something 4 days later than other so called news sources.
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    cumi2k4 , November 29, 2011 11:59 PM
    Well, their blackberry messenger service is the best messenger in low internet speed country considering the blackberry has local server. And at 50% discount, of course almost all the cell phone traders will flock there. $200 discount may not be worth it for Americans to stand in line, but in Indonesia, that is more than a month's salary so go figure....
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    iceman1992 , November 30, 2011 12:54 AM
    dstigueTry Swype.. Or an alternative. I have an epic 4g and won't upgrade to any phone that doesn't have swype and my phone has a physical keyboard that I rarely use. It's only good fore serial keys or long strings of numbers or characters that don't have a logical order like passwords..

    Swype isn't available on the iOS right? Or am I mistaken?
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    iceman1992 , November 30, 2011 12:57 AM
    cumi2k4Well, their blackberry messenger service is the best messenger in low internet speed country considering the blackberry has local server. And at 50% discount, of course almost all the cell phone traders will flock there. $200 discount may not be worth it for Americans to stand in line, but in Indonesia, that is more than a month's salary so go figure....

    And people here are quite insane when it gets to discounts. I think it's kinda like Black Fridays in the US? Didn't it cause some trouble last week?
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    olaf , November 30, 2011 4:57 AM
    zubaiTypical Indonesian culture.


    I'm sure u just made a lot of friends with that remark. People will fight for a good deal regardless of the region. The fact that it was a Blackberry and not a four times more expensive iCrap does't change it. There were people fighting for some cheap aluminium kitchen stools not long ago around here so how is a Blackberry worse then that ? A deal is a deal and its made more desirable in poorer country's that's it.
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