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India's first BlackBerry themed cafe is the SkyPark

India's first BlackBerry themed cafe is the SkyPark
NFC enabled phones and QR codes allow for easy check-in

NFC enabled phones and QR codes allow for easy check-in

India is one of those places where the BlackBerry name means something and still has some value to it. The SkyPark Cafe in Hyderabad, India is the first BlackBerry equipped cafe in the country. The customers use BlackBerry PlayBooks, and music can be played juke-box style using one PlayBook dedicated to be used with the BlackBerry Music Gateway. Not only will customers be allowed to surf the web with the tablets, they also double as the establishment's menu and waiters will use them to take orders.

The cafe's walls will be lined with NFC stickers so that those with NFC enabled devices can more easily check in.QR codes can be scanned for patrons to receive free items and there will be a free app available each month. The SkyPark cafe is the result of partnership between RIM and Indian BlackBerry site BBin. Oh yeah, did we mention the free Wi-Fi?

source: BBin via Crackberry

At the SkyPark Cafe, BlackBerry PlayBooks are used by waiters (L)  while a tablet powers the juke-box
At the SkyPark Cafe, BlackBerry PlayBooks are used by waiters (L)  while a tablet powers the juke-box

At the SkyPark Cafe, BlackBerry PlayBooks are used by waiters (L)  while a tablet powers the juke-box


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25 Comments

eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Finally some love for India... Not so many people use BB here, but yeah, as said in article BB isn't infamous here. Here's the current scenario I see here (in India) : 1. Many Nokia stores are shutting down, and interesting fact is, most of them are getting replaced by official Samsung stores!! 2. Still no Apple Store here.

Ragnarockd

Posts: 47; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

I agree with you. There are more Samsung stores or rather named Samsung cafe all around the country. Good thing about the new BB store is that there is some good support in the country. India and china are such huge markets where Samsung and Nokia rule,but an apple store would be nice.

No_Nonsense unregistered

Wait, in Mumbai I do see Imagine which sells only Apple products. What are they exactly then?

eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Nah, they are resellers. In mumbai you also have relience iStores which sell only Apple devices.

ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

they are official apple resellers not apple stores. we have couple here in new delhi

kartik4u98

Posts: 511; Member since: May 19, 2012

Yup! Apple don't care about us and we don't give a s**t to Apple!!!

eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Yeah!

rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Just 3% market share and it's difficult to stretch far beyond that due to pricing. 70+ K (Indian rupees) for a 64GB iPHONE 5? ridiculously high. 39K for a Note II so Note II anyday for sure ...

parthpatels007

Posts: 54; Member since: May 27, 2011

the reason why you are going with the note 2 is because you think that iCrap is highly priced?!! Damn! I wouldn't use it even iff some1 gifts me it, rather sell it and buy a better phone or ultrabook!

kartik4u98

Posts: 511; Member since: May 19, 2012

Rotten Apple thinks India is full of iFans!! Damn!! Hate Apple to the core of my heart!!

ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

sammy rules in India. from lower end $110 galaxy y to $710 Note II, its every where.

aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Here, bollywood stars prefer Blackberry to Apple or Samsung. The place where I live is full of Samsung cafes. Nokia stores are being replaced by them...

rahulcena5565

Posts: 57; Member since: Nov 01, 2010

India Ftw.

enemy_dil

Posts: 7; Member since: Oct 07, 2012

Finally good news can't wait for others to follow! 4G LTE AND MORE STORES ACROSS THE COUNTRY! God bless India

No_Nonsense unregistered

Do you want another scam like what happened with 2G allocation?

shreyas.s666

Posts: 83; Member since: Aug 24, 2012

2G scam is such a shame to indian government.

Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

what?? blackberry is still alive??!! I'm shocked RIM = RIP

platformwars

Posts: 86; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

I agree.... RIM with the current phones is pathetic.. but the thing is that BBM is still very popular in India and almost everybody has it.. All my friends,, everybody in the office, the Television stars, movie stars etc etc.. its basically all because of BBM... if BBM gets ported to any other OS like it was rumoured to be.. then in India also Blackberry would have been a thing of the past.

No_Nonsense unregistered

This dude won't understand.

Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

Same here in Indonesia. Bbm is very popular among the teenagers, I mean like. If u don't have a Bb "hey you're poor kids" "hey, please add me on bbm, *ups sorry I forgot that you don't have a Bb" and so on...its really really pathetic, You can't judge people's economy by their phone. That being said. A scavenger near my house use BlackBerry bold, I really really hate Bb, that said, I'm still using it as my second phone for bbm, its really hard to contact your friends or family if u don't have a Bb Some people think that having a blackberry smartphone is cool, Well, until they own one, my friend who has a blackberry shocked after they see what my gnex capable of

rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

BBM keps it ticking amogst kids in India ... but that's also losing ground. BB survived because cariers were pushing it and buyers know a sh*t about BB. When we tell them you cannot sync mail & PIM data over a normal mail server even over IMAP then they know what a big piece of SH*T it is and then start doing a bcc of all mails being sent to get a copy of mail on server.

Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

Waiting for pikapowerize's comment

PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

All these cafe tricks are just gimmicks! It wont take long for these cafes to shut down if BB cant launch a decent phone that can compete in the market! BB aint starbucks, its a phone manufacturer...they should venture into cafes once their base product starts selling!

Cyan3boN

Posts: 446; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

A blackberry will make me cooler.

anirudhshirsat97

Posts: 408; Member since: May 24, 2011

All I see here are Samsung cafes.....Samsung cafes everywhere...and maybe a couple of those imagine apple stores. Samsung rules here in Goa. And I love my Galaxy S II more than my new iPad..

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