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BlackBerry Lifestyle store opening draws more than just a crowd in Indonesia

By Adam Zeis on 16 Nov 2011 12:22 pm EST
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BlackBerry Lifestyle store Indonesia

The opening of Indonesia's first BlackBerry Lifestyle store was more than just a big event to say the least. Before the doors even opened, the line was already way out of control as BlackBerry fans waited over 8 hours for their chance to check out the latest devices. Among the grand opening festivities, the first 250 people were eligible to grab a new device at 50% off which could explain some of the massive crowd. RIM Co-CEO Jim Balsillie was on hand as well to drop the curtain as the store opened and was even spotted helping out a few customers. All in all it looks like the BlackBerry Lifestyle store will be a great success in the new location. Hit the break for some more images from the event.

Source: Technoup

BlackBerry Lifestlye Store Grand Opening in Indonesia

BlackBerry Lifestyle store Indonesia

 

BlackBerry Lifestyle store Indonesia

 

BlackBerry Lifestyle store Indonesia


61 comments

Connor83

Yeah, I'd buy a blackberry from those ladys.

TPwebOS820

yeah, I was thinking. . . don't know if the lines are for the phones or sales women. either way, they got lines lol

Abrante

Are we supposed to look at the word Blackberry on the background or the girls? my attention is on the girls lol

BBPandy

It said BlackBerry in the background?...All I saw was the girls?

sliders7

Lets face it! using chicks is very effective marketing strategy.. they are undeniably hard to resist and make your temperature goes up to the roof.

igotberryfever

I wish they would open a store like that in nyc. Jim should come down here, Steve Jobs did, Dan Hesse , Windows phone just had a event here Blackberry needs to so people can see the new products most people dont know about them.

ignites

the same effect would not apply in NYC there would be no line and it would be quite an embarassement.

igotberryfever

you maybe right about not having a line. But i think people would stop in enuff to hold its own. There are a ton of bb users in NY and it would help them

moyjoy

if 5 people form a line in NYC people will get on it even if they have no idea what's going on.

walnuts1024

They will get a line that goes around blocks but will have no idea why they are there.

newcollector

I'd love to go to Indonesia just to see the BlackBerry Store! Now that would be a great contest!!

avmsam

why does this just look like a BB version of the apple store ?

avmsam

why does this just look like a BB version of the apple store ?

theKHMERboy

Well that is exactly what it is.. Just that apple have released their store wasy before blackberry did but still good to see they have it in Indonesia but really? Thought rim and blackberry was a Canadian company.. So why aren't they opening a blackberry store here yet?

steve911

Nah...Apple gets their furniture from Ikea.

Abrante

Why does BJ's warehouse look like Costco? who the (bleep, just being nice) cares? you either like the product in the store or you don't...

Alphalucard

For the same reason the Galaxy tab just look like the android version of the iPad.

Oh wait... The iPad just look like Apple's version of EVERY DAMN THING IN THE UNIVERSE THAT IS CALLED A TABLET SUPPOSE TO LOOK LIKE? Moses had two before it was cool, he didn't sue anyone.

Seriously though its a damn mobile phone store... it looks just like every other mobile phone store...

BBPandy

"Moses had two before it was cool, he didn't sue anyone."

LMAO

MLE724

LOL, I like that.
Very True!
ME

Vanti

They need to give you some sorta prize for that moses line

Darlaten

and why does the apple store look like a version of futureshop which looks like a version of a corner store. Your point is?

brucep1

What the #*@& is a futureshop?

ugahairydawgs

It's like a Canadian Circuit City....except it's still open.

n8d

WTF is Balsillie wearing? Did he just get done with a hunting trip before going to the store?

RevyRah

LoL, I was thinking the same exact thing. That and the women are beautiful.

max871026

It's called Batik, a traditional Indonesian clothing. In Indonesia Batiks are considered formal wear that you would wear to important business meetings. He was simply being respectible to the culture.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batik

n8d

Ahhh...Thanks for the info!

gameson

It's called Batik, a work of art. Try google it to appreciate it. Batik is always wore in any official event in Indonesia.

Chaddface

Good choice for the sales staff.

TPwebOS820

RIM is still popular with consumers. . . may not have the market share it once did however, I think their big problem is marketing just how popular/good they are.

If this event happened with apple we would see it everywhere on every tech site in hours.. . . crackberry will most likely be the only site covering the "long lines."

RIM needs to invest in gorilla marketing asap!

BERRY ADDICT

What a knock off the Apple store!

steve911

I wonder if they had employees clapping and cheering every time someone walked out the store with something like Apple does? Hopefully NOT!!!

up488

If I ever walked out of a store after a purchase and the employees all clapped and cheered, I would return the purchase!

f1mx

If I ever go to Indonesia, I'll surely check out this place

j8298c

i take it there are no iPhones in indonesia why there and not here in NYC they could put it right on 59th and 5th Ave

Alphalucard

There are iPhones here I assure you but...

iPhones = no BBM

no BBM = out of touch with your friends in Indonesia

See, the flaw in releasing one model for all is that not everyone can afford the iPhone. Indonesia has a very diverse culture in the society hence different classes can afford different phones. With BBM the Bold owners can still chat with the Curve owners. More importantly we dont spend our time here playing angry birds whenever we have spare. We socialize.

Clinto

Is it just me, or is this really just not impressive? Everyone is so excited that RIM opened a store in Indonesia? Really? I am embarrassed for RIM.. Hey look everyone! Look.. we found a place that we ca be successful in.. In Indonesia...

Don't get me wrong. I love my Bold 9930. But come on guys this isn't news... And it is nothing to be proud of.. However.. yes, i did enjoy seeing the level of talent that the sales girls seem to have!

Adam Zeis

How come it's not news? It's a pretty big deal in Indonesia. That alone makes it news in my book.

BBPandy

There is more to the world then just the USA

Clinto

You and Adam are right! I apologize.. I didn't mean to offend anyone.. I just keep watching BB get their butts kicked over here in the U.S. It just looked as if they are trying to swim "real cool like" in the kiddy pool over there in Indonesia.

I just really want to see them open a store in N.Y. like someone else mentioned, or in Australia or Europe..

I want to see them step out of the kiddy pool and start playing with the big boys.

I love RIM, my new Bold 9930. I'm not trying to be a hater.. Maybe when BBX comes out they'll open a store in a non 3rd world country. That's all I'm saying..

Auli

There's about 250 million people in indonesia , and about 300 million people in the US (correct me if I'm wrong) that certainly is no kiddy pool , and the economy in indonesia constantly rising whilst the americas and europe are struggling, you can see ferraris and lamborghinis almost everyday in jakarta

Clinto

Alright... You got me.. I'm just jealous.. I live in Northern Wisconsin.. Google it.. Seriously.. There's nothing here but stupid people like myself, cows, tractors and a lot of cold weather.. If Wisconsin were a country, heck it would probably be considered 3rd world..

We will never get an awesome Blackberry Store where I live.. And our women are not as beautiful as Indonesian women either it appears.. Call me seriously jealous of Indonesia.

Auli

Oh Come on ... It's not about rivalry ... We're still an agricultury country hence more cows and farms here haha . My guess is it's about the habits,trends,and culture, americans like to be entertained n like to play n also like shiny stuff and things that makes you go aaahhh therefor idevices from apple are more popular there, while in indonesia people like to chat and communicate, a lot, that's why bb's are so popular here, plus with the pricetag of the BIS here it's a hell of a lot cheaper than the prices of regular text messaging and cellular calls plus you get unlimited internet on your smartphone, just my 1 cent

PS as obama said america will always be a triple-A country

Clinto

You know.. you're absolutely right Auli! Make a shiny phone and throw some apps on it.. and "bingo" you got a winner here in America!

If Americans were more into communicating rather than just playing games; RIM/Blackberry would probably be in much better shape.

I'm starting to see why RIM put their own store in Indonesia now! :)

Auli

Yeah I have a bb an ipad and an ipod , but the bb is the only one I bring when I get out of the house, I don't want to play infinity blade or watch a movie in the train station or in the office . But I do agree if rim continues this they're headed for a shitstorm.

maddie1128

Seriously- you guys should teach the world leaders how to work things out. When I read Clinto's first post I was ticked a little bit thinking how he dissed Indonesia- but the banter back and forth was pretty refreshing. Don't see that much of that here on Crackberry anymore.
I tip my hat to the both of you!!

Auli

I don't know about world leaders but I could sure teach herman cain a thing or two haha , just kiddin

up488

What's a blackberry store suppose to look like? I don't look at these pics and see anything remotely close to an Apple store. Go to your local mall or any location, most new retailers are taking on this new modern, futuristic look. No signs of Apple here folks! Geez, they opened a store. Be happy and supportive instead of critical and condeming!

TRlPPlN

+1. Seriously way too much whining and crying here.

rickgainsmith

Good Job Rim! Work to your strengths, Indonesia is a strength! I hope the store does well, love to see one in Melbourne, Australia! First of many I hope...

Vanti

So sick of all the whining from these damn apple fanboys on crackberry. People saying that this isnt news and that they cant do that in the U.S... its as if the pre-teens whos ball's haven't dropped see nothing but their glorious U.S.A. .... so damn closed minded

Liquid_Revolver

Wow a fake apple store...LOL RIM doesnt stand a chance.

kelom

Go...!!..RIM.!!..Go...!!...Don't listen to the Apple fan'jealous'boys...!!

CrackFachry

Almost all big Mobile Retail store look like a blackberry Store in Jakarta. If you remember Kevin's video during his visit in Jakarta.. Most stores sells Blackberry. So I guess, RIM is doing a nice move by making a Blackberry store there.
Can't wait to pay a visit to a Blackberry store. Go Blackberry!

ade_tobat

i would definitely buy the blackberry and add the sales girl to my bbm contacts..

marksasongko

I was kinda surprised when I read the store was in Mal Kelapa Gading and not at the center of Jakarta's business district, Pacific Place. No offense to the people who live in Kelapa Gading, there are plenty of potential customers there, but no other place in Indonesia screams business, and thus RIM, like the Sudirman Central Business District.

marksasongko

ps: and for those of you who thinks that the girls here are nice looking, you seriously need to visit the Indonesia International Motor Show (IIMS), or the Pekan Raya Jakarta festival :p

xenoxis

guys, those sales promotion girls are still nothing in comparison with the ones u got in jakarta's night lifes and spas, tip of the iceberg if u asked me

anyway planning to upgrade my old 9700 to 9790

the damn thing looks awsome