BlackBerry Z10 launched in Indonesia
SCRIPT: Many of these BlackBerry fans have been waiting for hours to get their hands on the new model, the Z10. SOUNDBITE 1 Alex (man), Blackberry fan (English, 12 sec): "It's very exciting to try the new Blackberry Z10, and you can see all people here also queue for this. Big day!" This launch is critical -- Indonesia has a population of 240 million, increasingly wealthy people. And the country is BlackBerry's biggest market outside the US and Britain. SOUNDBITE 2 Sudev Bangah (man), Associate Director IDC (English, 24 sec) "The key question is, number one, how can Blackberry ride this momentum going forward. How can they utilize this momentum to actually capitalize on it, grow their sales, grow their shipments within the country, taking into consideration the fact that -again one thing I said was that- number one, consumers are fairly fickle, number two, that they're an excitable group which could potentially die down into the future as well." That shift could already be under way -- BlackBerry was the number one smartphone here until last year. Now Google Android has overtaken the Canada-based company to take more than 50 percent of the market share. But BlackBerry's convinced that it can more than hold its own even if it's losing ground to its rivals across the world. SOUNDBITE 3 Hastings Singh (man), Blackberry Managing Director South Asia (English, 9 sec): "Indonesia is a very social market and we do social the best, there is no confusion about that. We know that the Blackberry Z10 will be popular here." The launch comes as Samsung unveils its new slim, feature-rich Galaxy model. The market's tough -- but, for these so-called Crackberry addicts, there's only one smartphone worth having - at least for the moment. SHOTLIST: JAKARTA, MAR 15, 2013, SOURCE: AFPTV - Pan of BlackBerry fans standing in line at Z10 launch outside of a Jakarta mall - SOUNDBITE 1 - Various of people buying the new Z10 at BlackBerry launch in a Jakarta mall - SOUNDBITE 2 JAKARTA, MAR 4, 2013, SOURCE: AFPTV - Various of stage activity at BlackBerry launch event for the media in Jakarta JAKARTA, MAR 15, 2013, SOURCE: AFPTV - SOUNDBITE 3 - Various of a sales girl showing the new Z10 at BlackBerry launch in a Jakarta mall /// --------------------------------------------------- AFP TEXT STORY: Indonesia-Canada-telecom-BlackBerry,lead BlackBerry Z10 launched in Indonesia by Olivia Rondonuwu JAKARTA, March 15, 2013 (AFP) - BlackBerry on Friday launched its new Z10 smartphone in Indonesia, the company's third-largest market, as it rapidly loses ground elsewhere to rivals such as Apple and Samsung. Some 300 buyers gathered at the upmarket Central Park mall in the capital Jakarta by midday -- many queued outside from 07:00 am -- to snap up the Z10, already launched in Britain and Canada, and set to hit US stores next week. The Z10 is seen as critical to Canada-based BlackBerry as it seeks to revive its sagging fortunes and regain its lost global market share from Apple and other smartphone makers such as Samsung. BlackBerry users have dropped in numbers in many of its key markets, but sales are still robust in Indonesia, a nation of 240 million people recognised as the smartphone maker's biggest market outside the US and Britain. However Google Android overtook BlackBerry as the most popular operating system in Indonesia in the second quarter of 2012 with more than 50 percent of the market share, the US-based International Data Corporation (IDC) said. That is the most recent period for which rankings are available. BlackBerry still has "many loyalists (in the country) who will still run at the first sight of the (Z10)", Sudev Bangah, the head of IDC's Indonesia operations, told AFP. "With the launch of the Z10, we feel that this market share is going to pick up a little bit more, however not significantly (enough) to offset the Android," he said. The Indonesia launch came after Samsung unveiled a slim, feature-rich Galaxy S4 in New York on Thursday. The South Korean consumer electronics giant said the device would roll out in 155 countries in late April. Hengki Marzuki, 36, who tried to sneak into the Central Park shopping centre before it opened for the launch, walked out by mid-morning with a gleaming Z10, his second BlackBerry for which he shelled out seven million rupiah ($722). "He's been waiting to buy this phone since January and he sold his Samsung Android phone to buy this," Marzuki's wife, Dega Fitri, told AFP. BlackBerry Indonesia marketing director Eka Anwar said: "With the Z10, and five other products we are going to launch here, we want to make sure everyone holds only a BlackBerry Z10 and no other phone." But the launch was nothing like the unveiling of the BlackBerry's Bold 9790 in 2011, which ended in a crush as fans tried to grab phones going at half price, in a scene resembling a rock concert. Android-based phones have lately managed to lure away price-conscious customers, with some by Samsung and Lenovo selling for just $70, while recent models of Apple and BlackBerry cost up to 10 times more. END
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