Blackberry Bold 9790 launch event in Indonesia results in injuries

Shane McGlaun - Nov 25, 2011, 8:15am CST
Blackberry Bold 9790 launch event in Indonesia results in injuries

I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that the Blackberry smartphone is so popular in Indonesia that it sparked a near riot. RIM chose Jakarta, Indonesia as the place to launch the new Blackberry Bold 9790 smartphone. Hoards of people turned up for the launch event. One of the reasons for such a huge crowd was a special discount.

The first 1000 people that purchased a Bold 9790 were supposed to receive a 50% discount on their purchase. Apparently the hoards of people starting to line up the day before the launch event at the Pacific Place shopping mall. Then rumors started to swirl that the smartphone was sold out.

That sent the Indonesians over the edge and people started to break through the barriers and rush to get their hands on the device. The hoards of people running to get a Blackberry resulted in “tens of people” being injured. Some of those people were unconscious at the scene. Police and ambulances descended on the mall to help the injured and sort the mess out. The end result was the event was cancelled to protect the masses.

[via PhoneArena]

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18 Responses to Blackberry Bold 9790 launch event in Indonesia results in injuries

  1. The blackberry is PHENOMENAL. The touchscreen and physical keyboard are the best of both worlds. For business a RELIABLE workhorse. No dropped calls. Accurate fast emails and texting. The iphone is a toy. Notoriously unreliable for calls. A data hog, an app hog. I would rather invest my money in the new blackberry bold. Sadly most reporters are Apple fanboys and fangirls. When Steve Jobs died, you would have thought it was the death of a messiah. lol.

  2. That’s a stupid and ignorant thing to say in the first sentence.
    Why would you even report about something if you are so biased.
    Its so stupid to meet people who don’t know anything outside their little world.

  3. You are all idiots. Blackberry has been dominating outside the U.S. market for a long time. Just because the Xbox isn’t selling well in Japan, i’m pretty sure the Japanese aren’t saying it’s “dead”.

  4. wow….poor indonesia? no wonder its indonesia….just lost to Sport SEA games…hating us from malaysia..ur damn shame indon…most of the peoples there are really uneducated & so….u making fun of us, now its ur turn…shame on u….

  5. Poor Malay… Don’t u notice that the first 9790 was launch here in Indo? And can’t u read? Or u dunno anything? We are the winner of 2011 SEAGAMES? That’s why your name is Tae that’s means shit in indo

  6. Thanks to RIM. This is the second times for us, Indonesian People to have world first launch of your new product. First was BB play book in Bali and now bellagio in jakarta.

    No other country love BB like us and vice versa

  7. Indonesians are uneducated. That’s why they love phones like BB which can only call and send messages with BBM. That’s all they need. Free messaging services. They’re too stupid to use android or iOS apps. That’s why iphone and android are considered bad phones in Indonesia. Expensive and don’t have any pre-downloaded free messaging services like BBM.

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