Indonesia threatens to ban BIS, BlackBerry Messenger

By on December 12, 2011 at 11:30 AM.

Indonesia threatens to ban BIS, BlackBerry Messenger

The Indonesian government has threatened to ban Research In Motion’s BlackBerry Messenger and BIS services in the country following the company’s decision to install a server in Singapore instead of in Indonesia. “Because RIM has not been cooperative, it is possible that we will soon end BIS (BlackBerry Internet Service) and BBM service,” a member of the Indonesian Telecommunication Regulatory Authority BRTI told The Jakarta Post. “BlackBerry therefore, would just be like other cellular phones.” RIM told the Indonesian government it would build a “server or data center” in the country as one of four promises it said would be completed by December 31st, The Jakarta Post explained. Read on for more. More →

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RIM boss in Indonesia faces charges following BlackBerry stampede

By on December 5, 2011 at 10:35 AM.

RIM boss in Indonesia faces charges following BlackBerry stampede

Research In Motion’s top executive in Indonesia is facing charges from the government after more than 90 people were hurt when chaos broke out during the launch of RIM’s BlackBerry 9790 in Jakarta. Police confirmed Monday that Andrew Cobham, who has been identified as RIM’s Indonesia CEO by Reuters, will be charged with negligence, which has a maximum sentence of 9 months in jail. Cobham has not been detained. An event organizer, a shopping mall manager and a RIM employee involved with security may also be charged. More →

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BlackBerry Bold 9790 launch causes mayhem, 90 injured in Indonesia [video]

By on November 25, 2011 at 3:30 PM.

BlackBerry Bold 9790 launch causes mayhem, 90 injured in Indonesia [video]

A 50% discount on the just-launched BlackBerry Bold 9790 had mall shoppers in a frenzy in Jakarta, Indonesia on Friday. Reportedly, as many as 90 people were injured after shoppers fell out of line and into a disorderly crowd when word came out that the retailer selling the device wouldn’t have enough units to satisfy demand. Three people needed to be hospitalized for broken bones and more than 200 police officers and mall security officials were required to restore peace. According to The Jakarta Globa, the BlackBerry Bold 9790 typically retails for Rp 4.6 million in Indonesia ($520) and BlackBerry is the top brand in the region; four of the top five selling smartphones in the Indonesia right now are BlackBerry devices. A video of the massive crowd that gathered for the 9790 launch follows below. More →

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