Blackberry Crashed, Sales in Indonesia Drop 70%
Finally! Unlike other Indonesians, I am not a Blackberry user; simply because I think iOS and Android are much better in terms of usability, apps, and user interface . But back to BlackBerry: Indonesia used to be the Blackberry nation, but as reported by Indonesian news site Detik.com, the sales of Blackberry in Indonesia have dropped 70%.
Blackberry service was down in Asia-Pacific region from Sunday night to Monday morning local time. The cause is still unknown, but apparently the crash effected the selling of Blackberry in Asia Pacific countries, especially Indonesia. For your information, this was the third time Blackberry was down in the history of Blackberry (the longest was in October 2012, when the outage took about 3 days for its users around the world).
Indonesian ICT minister, Tifaful Sembiring, was disappointed by this error. He said to Detik.com, “The sales of Blackberry decreased 70%. I think this (the outage) brings a negative impact to the service’ quality. We are quite flexible nowadays, we have the option to use Blackberry (Blackberry Messanger) or Whatsapp. If we are not satisfied with one service, we can easily move to other service”. Ouch! For your information, there were 3.5 million users of Blackbery in Indonesia (October 2012). In 2011, Blackberry used to be the winner of smartphones sales in Indonesia with 43%, followed by Android (36%). But not anymore … (see graph below)
The sales number of BlackBerry does not only drop in Indonesia, but worldwide. As reported by Gartner, the sales of Blackberry worldwide dropped 37.4%, while Android’s sales increased 49.3%.
On a good news, for Blackberry users out there, Blackberry Live 2013 will be livestreamed tonight from Universal Studios Florida. You can see the performance of Blackberry’s Global Creative Director, Alicia Keys, and several artists (Miguel, Alabama Shakes, Maria Gadú, and Cedric Gervais) live from this link, at 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM EST.
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