BlackBerry Z3 officially announced in Indonesia, will remain a local exclusive

BlackBerry Z3 officially announced in Indonesia, will remain a local exclusive
BlackBerry announced its newest handset, the BlackBerry Z3, in Indonesia. Previously known by its code-name Jakarta, the sub-$200 phone is already a success in the country, with three Indonesian carriers reporting that they have sold out their pre-order units. BlackBerry confirmed the phone is built exclusively for Indonesia and even comes with a special set of BBM Stickers that feature local characters "Punakawan". Indonesian customers will also be able to join local BBM Channels and get updates from their favorite brands, communities, and more.

The BlackBerry Z3 is an all-touch handset with a 5-inch 540x960 display, dual-core 1.2GHz CPU, 1.5GB RAM, 5MP rear camera and 1.1MP front camera, 8GB of storage and a generous 2500mAh battery. It runs BlackBerry OS 10.

For BlackBerry, the Z3 is a bit to recapture its formerly strong market presence in Indonesia. Two years ago, the Canadian company had a 40% market share in the country, but the percentage dwindled to just 4% after the launch of the BlackBerry Z10, which came across as too pricey for local customers. Subscribers mostly switched to Android phones by Samsung. 

The Foxconn-built Z3 is priced affordable and offers a decent set of specs. Hopefully, it will help BlackBerry get its handset business back on its feet.


via Tech In Asia , NDTV Gadgets , BlackBerry

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  • Display 5.0" 540 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Dual-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 2500 mAh

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52 Comments

1. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1126; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

BB really dropped the ball when they took out BIS in BB10 and then launched the BB10 devices at a high price. The main attraction of BB devices in emerging markets was the cheap BIS service with a fixed monthly rate, with BBM all in a decent smartphone that is well priced. Hopefully the Z3 helps BB out, but they need to bring back BIS.

4. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

The article says BB went from 40% marketshare to 4%. What do people use now in place of BB/BIS?

7. Killua

Posts: 270; Member since: Nov 25, 2013

Android. Android emergence was the biggest reason rather than the price, in my opinion. Android Flagships are expensive but people buy it anyway. About the internet service, well, people are using 3g or hsdpa data package from operators.

17. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1126; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

People have had to educate themselves on Data Packages, had BB not let BIS go, the majority would still be using BBs due to BIS, in other words, through their own doing, BB allowed users to go out and explore other options as there was no longer an incentive to stick with BB anymore once BIS was abandoned. Well it is unfortunate that BB10 was designed to work without BIS as BIS was an excellent tool to lock customers in to the BB Ecosystem, and with BB10 they could've done a whole lot e.g. Movie rentals and purchases, Series purchases, Music store etc... They could've introduced new services under BIS with new packages etc... It had soooo much potential.

24. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

Dude, how many times did bis encounter an outage? It was like 10 times, it sucked dude, too much reliance on Blackberry's server, if it dies you can't use bb services

27. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

Dude, there you go trolling again. BIS didn't suck and it certainly didn't have 10 outages. Wet dreams of a troll, I swear...

6. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

They could not bring BIS to BB10 at all. When they designed BB10 to work without the need of BIS, they thought that they could compensate the BIS revenue with the very high selling rate of BB10 hardware. Later, they failed in this, and that's why they lost billions of dollars in writing down the huge inventory of Z10. Thorsten Heinz was almost sure about the success of BB10, but he shocked after that. This was a mistake, but could not be fixed right now.. It is too late and BB10 is designed to work without BIS. BlackBerry should focus on QNX, BES, BBM, and may be try support the hardware in a hope to revive this division.

9. Manti123

Posts: 207; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

I enjoy reading your posts.. Very well explained

49. DigitalJedi_X

Posts: 202; Member since: Apr 27, 2014

Of course. A troll will always like another troll.

14. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

Revenue gained from BES and the monetization of BBM will help offset the loss of BIS revenue. We are already starting to see results of this through BBM stickers and, more importantly, the migration of new customers to BES 10 through BlackBerry EZPASS. BlackBerry has just recently gained some 800,000 new customers, lots of which came from competing vendors. This, along with leveraging QNX in its already dominant place in automotive, as well as investments recently made in health-care, will help as well. There is still more than can be done, especially with QNX and BBM. We are just seeing the tip of the iceberg. The management team prior to John and Co. really messed things up, but John Chen has been setting things right. His strategy is working.

25. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

Dude nobody uses bbm its not practically a ghost town of sort except for fanboys in indonesia

28. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

Troll, BBM has over 113 million subscribers. Android alone just topped 50 million BBM downloads recently. Please speak facts, not lies.

33. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

And BBM has more activity with 85 million users than whatsapp does with their 500 million users. That says boatloads right there, troll.

34. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

BBM has more activity with 85 million users than whatsapp does with their 500 million users. Are you implying that bbm users use it more than their whatsapp counterparts? Dafuq dude, did you conduct your own research or what? Bbm is only popular in emerging markets outside they don't have that much of a traction Bbm sucks ball, hangouts ftw.

40. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

Yes, BBM users do use BBM more than whatsapp users do, fuucckkbag. There have already been several articles on it already, even on PhoneArena, if I'm not mistaken. I get my news from multiple sources, unlike a sorry a$$ troll such as yourself. BBM is popular all over, not just emerging markets. What does your duma$$$ think, that those recent 50 million downloads in the Google Play market just came from emerging markets? You are truly a troll, with no proof whatsoever to back up the hate you spew. BBM rocks! You're just upset no one wishes to talk to you on it.

39. Chrisyahya

Posts: 59; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

A guy who use BBM and his friend, suddenly his friend shouting : "heyyy!!! He's using BBM!" And nothing happened, only a guy on the corner replying : "whats the heck BBM is?" And his friend says to the guy who use BBM, "see? Nobody knows, so uninstall it"

45. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

Um...what? Do you even know what you just said?

10. Manti123

Posts: 207; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

So similar to Sony Xperia Z

23. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

BIS is just another fancy term for data, its pointless as hell, you can't use bb services without it even if you're connected to wifi But it wouldn't be blackberry if it wasn't that way would it? Lol..

29. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

More lies you spew, troll. You could definitely use BIS with or WITHOUT wifi. Why do you lie so much about BlackBerry? Troll elsewhere, already. Your life is truly pointless.

35. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

Hey you certainly never have a blackberry device right? Right. On blackberry 7 devices or older you can't use bbm and email if you don't have data plan even if you use wifi I had a blackberry device, mind you.

41. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

Can you read? I said YOU CAN USE BIS OVER WIFI. Even on legacy devices. Of course you would need to have an active data plan with it. What, you trying to cheat the carrier? To poor to afford a data plan? And I own several BlackBerry devices, but I doubt you ever had one, troll.

36. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

And it sucked balls, ended up smashing it with a hammer coz using it was a pain in the ass

42. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

The only ball su****g done around here is by you, troll.

2. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

thats sexy.

3. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

is there any way people in US can get this? (except eBay)?

5. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Call up BB and tell them you are developing local apps for Indonesia and need a device. If they are smart, they will sell you one :)

15. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

Maybe Amazon or GSMNation as well.

8. iluvsonynokia

Posts: 161; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

thats a sony mobile

11. DonJonMcWizzy

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 18, 2014

Moto E launched india for 7,000

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