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BlackBerry Z3 enjoys strong launch weekend in Indonesia

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BlackBerry Z3 enjoys strong launch weekend in Indonesia
The BlackBerry Z3 is apparently off to a great start in Indonesia. The phone, the first to roll off the Foxconn assembly line as part of BlackBerry's five-year deal with the contract manufacturer, has been sold out in Jakarta. BlackBerry has been promoting the device with television ads and has converted the city's Central Park Mall into a giant BlackBerry Z3 store. BlackBerry even has a counter in the park, showing a running total of Z3 units that have been sold there. So far, more than 1250 units were snatched up at Jakarta's Central Park.

Under BlackBerry's deal with Foxconn, the later designs, manufacturers, and stores entry-level BlackBerry models for the emerging markets. BlackBerry adds the OS and its illustrious name. BlackBerry CEO John Chen says that there are four new models in the works, including the old-school BlackBerry Classic. That model includes the largest touchscreen ever used on a QWERTY-equipped 'Berry at 3.5 inches. It will also feature a trackpad, and function keys just like the ones on grand-dad's old 'Berry.

"After BlackBerry Jakarta, now we are again working on the latest BlackBerry with either 3 to 4 [new devices planned]. Yes, there is the keyboard, and one of them is [all-touch] not a keyboard. "-John Chen, CEO, BlackBerry

BlackBerry itself has provided some pictures of the BlackBerry Z3's launch weekend. The company is hoping that it doesn't see a repeat of what happened when both the BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10 launched last year. BlackBerry touted strong sales of both models when they were each released. And yet, by the end of 2013 the company had to write off a massive amount of Z10 units gathering dust in the warehouse.


source: BlackBerry, Crackberry

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posted on 18 May 2014, 13:18 6

1. HASHTAG (unregistered)


Glad to see that Blackberry has a market in some countries.

posted on 19 May 2014, 00:45 2

88. DerryAhmad (Posts: 278; Member since: 05 May 2012)


Went to a mall in Jakarta (where they had a special 2 days launch of Z3) last night and they all sold out all the stocks.

I still have some worries on Blackberry sales. But it's good to see the Z3 had a strong sales in Indonesia.

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 12:09

239. sgodsell (Posts: 3897; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Now that Amazon is bringing their store and apps (240,000) and services to blackberry OS. Its adding more value and life to blackberry. Not to mention you could always side load Android apps before as well.

posted on 18 May 2014, 13:19 2

2. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


I love BlackBerry OS so much, but too bad their phones are just not on par with others.

posted on 18 May 2014, 19:52 4

24. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)


Serious question here, Art...not on par with what others? BlackBerry 10 smartphones are better spec'd than iPhones and better spec'd than EVERY WP with the possible exception of the Lumia 1520.

And if you're referring to Android handsets, it's true, most of the highend Android handsets are specs beast! But (I'm using the iOS, WP argument here), with the way the OS is optimized to run on lesser hardware, you'd be hard-pressed to find and Android phone faster than a BB10 handset. They have no lag. And the OS is sooooo smooth. You should definitely try one.

posted on 18 May 2014, 23:11

79. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Well yeah iPhones just suck. But I don't really worry about the processing power, but things like display, camera and batterylife are not that good. But yeah BB10 is an amazing OS!

posted on 19 May 2014, 03:48 1

91. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)


Battery life on the Q10 and Z30 are amazing! And it is an amazing OS! :)

posted on 18 May 2014, 13:21 3

3. techloverNYC (Posts: 601; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)


Meanwhile in the American market...........

posted on 18 May 2014, 15:07 2

9. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


.....crickets are chirping... for blackberry....

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 12:15

240. sgodsell (Posts: 3897; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Even Amazon is adding their store and 240,000 apps on blackberry as well as their services. Not to mention you can always side load Android apps if you wanted to. To me its adding value to blackberry.

posted on 18 May 2014, 15:56 4

12. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14221; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I like blackberry...cobbler

posted on 18 May 2014, 14:08 2

4. Jason2k13 (Posts: 1217; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


Back in the days owning a blackberry was like owning an iphone. Now it's just nothing, I hope they soon make a QWERTY keyboard phone with good battery life and camera. But I don't think I'll get one because of the limited amount of apps just like Windows phone.

posted on 18 May 2014, 14:34 2

5. akki20892 (Posts: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


True said....

posted on 18 May 2014, 14:37 3

6. muhsen (Posts: 281; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)


windows phone doesn't have a limited amounted of apps...maybe less from android and ios...but certainly million times more than limited ....if "limited amount of apps" was the case, phonearena would have not provided a section for windows phone apps with the other two platforms every month in their monthly updated article " apps of this month"

posted on 19 May 2014, 00:38

83. Jason2k13 (Posts: 1217; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


I'm obviously talking about myself and not everyone else when im referring to limited number of apps. Those apps you mentioned in the 'apps of the months" looks very bad and outdated, compared to android or iOS.

posted on 20 May 2014, 03:39

223. DerryAhmad (Posts: 278; Member since: 05 May 2012)


And what exactly owning an iphone like nowadays that are superior to other OS/OEM (except the price)?
Back in the days, owning Blackberry means..
- That Keyboard!
- BIS and that instant messages/emails;
- BBM with its v, D and R notice.
- Customized UI with Themes;

The only thing left for BB10 is the Keyboard. Blackberry should find another niche/killer feature that differentiate it with other OS/OEM. WP/Nokia did it with Live Tiles, Wireless Charging, OIS, Pureview Camera when they introduced WP8 for the first time and selling products with wide range of price points afterwards.

I do agree that QWERTY keyboard with good battery life and camera is important. IMO they should've had released the Q10 first before the Z10 and release the Z3 and Q5 shortly after that.

Actually, Windows Phone has quite a healthy amount of apps (currently I use the Z2 and 1520).
If BB10 has as good amount of apps (especially the main ones) like WP has at the moment.. I don't think it'll hesitate making a BB10 as my mainly driver.

I just bought the Z3. Despite of the low resolution display, it actually looked great. I highly recommend it for a sub $200 device .
But I gotta admit.. many of the native apps are terrible (even got poor rating). It can be solved by downloading apps from Android stores like 1Market, Yobao etc.
But unfortunately it won't solve Blackberry's one of many problems. At least they're trying with the Z3 and I applaud them for that.

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 12:19

241. sgodsell (Posts: 3897; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Have you not heard the Amazon is adding their store which means their 240,000 apps and services to blackberry. Not to mention all the other apps. So this means that blackberry has more apps then WP now.

posted on 18 May 2014, 14:52 5

7. oboboy14 (Posts: 51; Member since: 27 Mar 2014)


I just switched from Android to Windows phone, and while there are only 2 apps my Galaxy Note had that aren't available for my Lumia 1520, its really not as bad as a lot of people claim it to be.

posted on 18 May 2014, 15:07

8. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


It seems better now that they have WIN 8.1...

posted on 18 May 2014, 19:50 3

22. akki20892 (Posts: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


I can't wait to get 930.....Nokia I'm coming back to you ..

posted on 19 May 2014, 01:06 1

89. AJagtiani (Posts: 466; Member since: 24 Apr 2014)


Which color are you getting ? I'm getting the white one.

posted on 20 May 2014, 03:45

224. DerryAhmad (Posts: 278; Member since: 05 May 2012)


I'm not letting my 1520 go until they release a 4.5-5" 41Mpx WP 8.1 device with a S800 (or later) procs :D

posted on 19 May 2014, 00:41

84. Jason2k13 (Posts: 1217; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


i own a nokia 925 so i still know what im talking about, and around half of my apps in my galaxy note 3 are not in my 925.

Whats worst is they dont have many banking app either, which is quite important for me.

posted on 18 May 2014, 15:51 4

10. DigitalJedi_X (banned) (Posts: 202; Member since: 27 Apr 2014)


Good for Blackberry! John Chen knows exactly what he's doing, unlike the previous two regimes at Blackberry. Continued success in the turn around!

posted on 18 May 2014, 15:55 4

11. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14221; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


If he knew what he was doing they'd be turning a profit.

posted on 18 May 2014, 16:33 1

13. camera531 (Posts: 346; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


It doesn't happen in a few months. Within a couple of years, BlackBerry will be a profitable company again. It won't be Apple or Google, but back on its feet and moving forward.

posted on 18 May 2014, 19:55 2

25. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)


MXY, turning a profit doesn't happen in the blink of an eye when you have to right the wrongs done before you. Just ask Apple in the 90's. They needed MS money to bail them out.

posted on 18 May 2014, 20:54 1

49. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14221; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I never said it did. They dropped the ball too many times with BB10 by delaying over and over.

posted on 18 May 2014, 20:59 2

53. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)


But that's how you act. And Apple didn't "drop the ball" in the 90's?

posted on 19 May 2014, 07:52

110. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14221; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


This is about BLACKBERRY.

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