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Indonesians line up in thousands to buy new Blackberry

Global launch of new BlackBerry Bold 9790 draws thousands of buyers in Jakarta on Friday

AP, Friday 25 Nov 2011
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Thousands of Indonesians jammed into a glitzy shopping mall Friday to get hold of the first BlackBerry Bold 9790s being sold worldwide.

Fearing a riot, hundreds of police were deployed outside, tying up traffic in the heart of the capital for hours.

With a 50 per cent discount on the $540 phone for the first 1,000 buyers, lines started forming in front of Pacific Place mall on Thursday night. By daybreak, impatient shoppers started rattling the gates.

And when rumours spread that the new smartphones – commonly known as Bellagio – had already sold out, the crowd of 3,000 went crazy. Several people fainted in the crush.

Indonesia, a nation of 240 million people, has experienced a come-from-nowhere tech frenzy in recent years.

With six million users, BlackBerry dominates the smartphone market.

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