BlackBerry Bold 9790 launch event in Jakarta turns ugly, tens of attendees injured

BlackBerry Bold 9790 launch event in Jakarta turns ugly, tens of attendees injured
BlackBerrys are big in Indonesia. So big that when you walk down a busy street in Jakarta you see pretty much everyone around you holding one of these ubiquitous handsets. But the popularity of the 'Berrys showed its grim side today after the launch event of the latest member in RIM's lineup turned ugly.

Indonesia was chosen to be the first country to get the BlackBerry Bold 9790 smartphone, and a special event at the Pacific Place shopping mall in Jakarta was organized to commemorate the event. And to make things even spicier for the impatient 'Berry fans, the first 1000 people to purchase a Bold 9790 were to receive a 50% discount.

The queue started forming as early as the previous day and had grown to well over a thousand people by the time the event was about to kick off. Those who came early enough to qualify for the 50% discount were given a red wristband. However, rumors began circulating early Friday morning that the BlackBerry Bold 9790 had already sold out, which caused the frustrated hoards of 'Berry fans to break the barriers in a desperate effort to get their hands on the handset.

As a result, tens of people were injured, some of which lost lost consciousness on the scene. Ambulances were rushed to the site and about 200 police officers were dispatched to restore order. Eventually, the event had to be closed prematurely for the people's own safety.

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source: Detiknet (translated), The Jakarta Globe

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Bold 9790
  • Display 2.5" 480 x 360 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1230 mAh(5.30h 3G talk time)



1. readingthissh1t

Posts: 303; Member since: Jul 20, 2011


2. itsius1

Posts: 49; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

I'm ashame to say this rumor but when I talked to one of the policemen there, the main reason as to why most people are so desperate about owning one with half the price is because they were tempted to resell the product at full price... Cellphones here dont usually get bundled into contract with providers in a contract to get lower price, but sold pretty much unlocked and full price... I dindt wait in line to get one, just so happen that i was on my way to work and the disaster was still going, its like a riot with so many policemen and securities...

12. jabrecer

Posts: 26; Member since: Jul 26, 2011

based on your comment I can conclude that there's a lot of people buying the BB phone full price, right??? In other words if the people got desperate it was because they know they can profit out of it!!! that means... the BB is very popular! just like this article said. So, If you tried to make readers to think nobody cares about BB (just the money), you got exactly the opposite... regards!!!

3. Ocean02

Posts: 28; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Imagine... What would have happened if it was the iPhone?

8. rendHELL

Posts: 304; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

it never happens to iphone.. damn.... even blackberry is better than iphone in indonesia...

15. haroonazeem638

Posts: 141; Member since: Mar 29, 2011

It could have never been an iPhone. Apple is a greedy pig. They would never sell their phones even a bit cheaper and you are thinking about apple giving away iphones for 50% off. LOL

16. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

Intriguing but that wouldn't happen anytime soon though, for the sole reason that the iPhone 4/4s is so damn pricey here in South East Asia, when you buy them straight from the apple store. . . Here in the Philippines the pre-order price of the iPhone 4s is $ 1,679.47 in the present monetary conversion. How much more in Indonesia. . .

5. sonisoe

Posts: 440; Member since: May 06, 2009

doesnt matter if some of them are reselling the product but thats how ubiquitous bb is in Jakarta (but i believe most are getting one for personal use). back when nokia was king, it was even crazier- people were paying more than the post-launch normal price...$1,000 launch price for a nokia communicator and sold out like hotcakes... iphone ? almost non-existent albeit its picking up a bit. the queue beats that of iphone in the US by a mile (literally)...

6. ryq24

Posts: 875; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

at least they announce how many would be sold at 50% off! here in the philippines, lg did not mention that only 10 units were to be sold at discount price during the launch of one of their touchscreen phone, a lot of people stand in line for hours and almost the same thing happen. lg did not even apologize.

9. schizo

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 25, 2011

Long time reader, only now i'm being forced to register to be able to comment... LoL Well, whaddya know, here BB (we luv abbreviation =D) is what iphone to you out there. Stupid silly overpriced (for what it does) handsets which only used by "businessmen" outside Indonesia are being consumed by almost every single person here, kiddies and grandmas included. The "get connected" euphoria that does not happened everywhere else in this planet. It's their easy ticket to internet and social networks, literally. An instant society which need instant gratification, instant medication to internet illiteracy. So there, i'm not being very proud at all. But currently i spent most my time now educating my friends that there are 'options', better ones for the dough they spenton gadgets. Not iDevices of course because they are still niche-player here, as they originally should be. Right? Gotta convert lemmings to humans, wish me luck.

10. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

All of this... For a Blackberry? And a low-end one at that. Better enjoy this RIM because its one of the last times it may ever happen.

11. Ocean02

Posts: 28; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

@rf1975 Aww... Thanks for your understanding :) Respect+++

13. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

My guess is Indonesia has never heard of iphone or android. That is the only logical reason to be this excited over a blackberry.

14. itsius1

Posts: 49; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

I am a very high user for both the ipad2 and the android software here in Indonesia, I do not agree entirely regarding your opinion, since smartphones cannot be used fully up to 90% without the high speed data plan given by the providers of each country backing up all of its apps. Blackberries are in high demand here because of the non stop internet connectivity since all of the local providers here are in contract in using RIM's BBM service. just to let you know that we dont have 4G, WIMAX nor LTE, heck, we still barely have 3g only in big cities at a limited area. people know about android and IOS, but they wont buy it cuz they have limited data plan by local provider.

17. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

No iPhones and Android phones are existent there, but due to their economy BB phones are the best alternative in experiencing the smartphone craze.

18. pegasso

Posts: 285; Member since: Nov 27, 2011

@downphoenix, you obviously never been to Indonesia. Samsung Galaxy Series and Sony-Ericsson Xperia series are selling well in Indonesia (especially the Galaxy Mini and other sub US$200 phones). but, the canadian's Blackberry was here first, so the Indonesian people are more familiar with the Blackberry and its BBM than the other smartphones.

19. gemmabba

Posts: 51; Member since: May 09, 2011

we HEARD about the iphone and the majestic iOS and all...also we heard about Android and the openness and all please... just because people get in line to get blackberry doesnt mean the majority of the people use them..i am an android user, i have droid 2. Just for you know Samsung, HTC, and LG has big reputation here for their android devices

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