Indonesia: Thousands line up to buy new BlackBerry
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesians who stood for hours outside a glitzy shopping mall are now the proud owners of the first BlackBerry Bold 9790s to be sold globally.
Fearing a riot, hundreds of police were deployed outside. That tied up traffic in the heart of the capital for hours.
With a 50 percent discount on the $540 phone for the first 1,000 buyers, lines started forming in front of Pacific Place mall the night before.
By daybreak, impatient shoppers started rattling the gates.
Indonesia, a nation of 240 million people, has experienced a come-from-nowhere tech frenzy in recent years.
With 6 million users, BlackBerry dominates the smartphone market.