Black mark for Blackberry

Unspun thinks the Government of Indonesia is on the right track with getting Blackberry to open up a local office here. With up to one million BBs sold in Indonesia by the end of this year RIM should take this market seriously.

Gone should be the days when Indonesia is considered a backwater and has to be serviced by Singapore. It is a huge market and it should flex its muscles as a huge market.

Unspun himself is a disgruntled BB user. The synchronization with Mac computers suck an up to now neither BB nor it vendor PocketMac has not seen it urgent to address this problem.

The bluetooth sucks as well and its almost impossible to transfer files between BB and Mac. It does not have tethering capabilities – the ability to use the phone as a modem for computers – either.

The address book is also screwed up, showing multiple entries for one name – and the worst thing is that there is no one to bring it to. The online forums BB maintains are crap – try to find a solution that works for Mac synchronization, for instance.

It’s so frustrating that Unspun is thinking of shifting to an iPhone 3G(S), now that its hit Indonesian shores.

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Govt Promises No Service Interruption As BlackBerry Gets Its House in Order

The Ministry of Communication and Information Technology on Sunday threw a lifeline to Research in Motion, the maker of BlackBerry smartphones, saying it would be given time to establish a local office before the temporary ban on licensing its new models became permanent.
Ministry spokesman Gatot S. Dewabroto also said on Sunday that even if RIM did not move forward with opening an office, BlackBerry service would not be interrupted.
Without licenses, products cannot be imported to Indonesia, officials said.
The ministry on Thursday stopped issuing licenses for new types of BlackBerry units until RIM opened a branch that could provide customers with after-sales service.
Ministry officials discussed their demands for a BlackBerry branch office with RIM’s vice president, Robert E. Crow, on June 15, but the company only promised to conduct a feasibility study.
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