People of Indonesia - Is the BlackBerry Z3 your first BlackBerry smartphone?

BlackBerry Z3
By James Richardson on 21 May 2014 04:24 am EDT

With BlackBerry's latest 'budget' handset, the Z3, going on sale this month in Indonesia we already know that the device sold out at most retailers in the country - which is always encouraging, although maybe annoying for some prospective buyers.

BlackBerry has had a respectable market share in Indonesia for some years now and long may that continue. But with the Z3 hitting the scene first in the country I was interested to find out if new users have been tempted to switch to BlackBerry from another OS due to the Z3's very respectable price tag.

I'm sure many long term legacy BlackBerry users would have made the transition to the Z3, but it's whether BlackBerry's most recent offering has made you consider the move to BlackBerry 10 I'm interested in.

So hit up the poll below and cast your vote - and feel free to sound off in the comments. Once the Z3 rolls out in other countries we'll also ask the same question to get an overall result.

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People of Indonesia - Is the BlackBerry Z3 your first BlackBerry smartphone?


You'll notice that your useless reply took up as much space as the one you were complaining about... Actually it took up even more space, since it prompted me to reply with this message. lol

Hi, I'm from Indonesia. FYI, today I went to a shopping mall in southern Jakarta(upscale shopping mall), tried to check out Z3. It was not possible because there was a sign said: Sorry, Z3 is not yet available in this store.
So, I wonder if there is a distribution problem? Or not enough handset available in the market?
I know for sure that Indonesians are not as crazy about Blackberry as we used to be. Thus, it can't be because Z3 is too popular and sold out. It has been almost a week since the official launch. What is going on?

Actually... It's possible that it is because of stock problem... Because as mentioned in CB recently about how big of a demand that Indonesian stores had for this Z3... The stores had pre-order a lot of the phone, and maybe they are out... have you tried other stores??

Posted via CB10 with my Z10 :D

Well, this is an interesting poll. I just hope only Indonesians answer it. Not other people who like to see positive survey results concerning BlackBerry...


I'm curious to see the results. Wouldn't want non-Indonesians vote and ruin the data.

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Exactly. But unfortunately, fanboyism is everywhere these days. Lying for a brand.. what's up with that anyway?

And there are those that will go as far to benefit or relish off of BlackBerry's fall. Have you accounted for that?

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I wonder if CB team can filter out responses not coming from Indonesian IP addresses.

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Why would anyone want to rig the poll? I'm not from Indonesia and I am curious about the outcome of the poll. If I vote in the poll I can't find out the accurate result.

Response crafted in seconds on a Z30

One of my colleague bought this new Z3 (bec of my promotion b4 it launched) really awesome with bigger screen compared to mine Z10. Price is good enough for mid to low class. Indonesians still loves BlackBerry if only they keep their bbm not for androids or iPhone.

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Swiped via CB10 with my T-Mobile USA (Only T-Mo rep still pushing  )  ‎BlackBerry Q10...oh wait a sec....its my new  BlackBerry Z30 (STA100-5), son! The holy grail of phones! Once you go BlackBerry, everything else is wack-berry! LOL! #longestsignatureever

Loool with a couple o's thrown in for good measure. How about that signature? Z30 for you too eh, Jelly much? I sure am. Love my Z10 but I just KNOW the grass is greener on the other side.

.2141 what's the difference? .1925 still the bangingest til I know any different.

Let's see how this one turns out.

Should block or filter votes from non-Indonesian users based on geo-location / IP.

"No Q10?" -> "Buy from Chen... "

Im indonesian...have used BlackBerry bold..and currently im using Z10 and within 5 days I will receive my new device Z3..BB rocks!!!

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I can't believe there are that many Z3 buyers from Indonesia that would respond to the poll. I'm getting the sense that they sold under 10k phones.

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Hello...2000000rupiah convert to RM Malaysia same with?(money convert blackberry z3 price in malaysia?RM)

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I want get one for my wife but in Bali I can't find BB Z3, Try buying from online but most of retailers declare out of stock

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Hearing this 'Sold Out' non-sense really chaps my hide. I am starting to see the same makings if the Z10 fiasco.

BlackBerry, I'm giving you the benefit of the doubt on this, as I am ASS-uming that you have learned the low-stock-no-stock lesson from earlier.


Hears to hoping....

I hope that BlackBerry didn't go from making to many Z10's to the opposite extreme of not making enough Z3's.


To launch the Z3 in Indonesia may be regarded as a zero risk strategy due to the many times proclaimed popularity of Blackberry phones there. As far as I understand that means that a lot of Indonesian already have had a Blackberry device. So why ask them if Z3 is their first Blackberry device? I would rather ask if they have bought or consider buying a Z3 or their opinion about the device. I hope sales results will prove Z3 was a smart move.

From Legacy OS to Z10 to Z30.
Gonna skip the Z3.

Sad to see I am not represented in the poll.

ॐ BBM channeling at C003910CB

You will be receiving paperwork to start up the Indonesian branch of "Club Z30"....

Founding Member of "Club Z30 "..... the most exclusive club in mobile

Honestly..... is it just me, or do more people think the Z3 actually looks pretty good for a "cheapo" starter device?

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Nope, I have 2  10 and few legacy os. After I hold z3 and compare to z10, I can say z10 was overpriced, it should be around 400$ when it first launched in Indonesia not 700$. Now with extra 50$ you will get new z10 instead z3.

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Handphone pertama saya BlackBerry 9300 dan sekarang BlackBerry Z30. Saya merasakan sebuah perubahan yang luar biasa dengan OS 10 blackberry. Peminat BlackBerry Z3 di Indonesia cukup besar dan saya yakin pangsa pasar BlackBerry di Indonesia masih cukup tinggi. Semoga blackberry bisa bangkit dari keterpurukan.

Mobile my first BlackBerry 9300 and now BlackBerry Z30. I feel a tremendous changes with OS 10 blackberry. Interest in the BlackBerry Z3 in Indonesia large enough and I am sure the market share of the BlackBerry in Indonesia still quite high. Hopefully, blackberry could rise from the downturn.

Sorry im using english from google translate...

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So question: I have Z10 on a leaked OS. So if I get Z3 as a replacement, would this be a downgrade user experience? i.e. I know Z10 has superior hardware.

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Hi, I'm from Indonesia. Just bought z3 few days ago for my wife. It's good device with big screen ( myself, using z10)
Battery life is much better than z10. My wife has BlackBerry 9900 and planning to use z3 for 2nd phone. For her, BlackBerry dakota is much simple & easier for everyday use (only problem when the memory got low). From what I think, BlackBerry 10 is a good os for techie guys but not for older people who need to be simple. I had use ios, android & now BlackBerry 10, for me it's a cool device, all touch and swipe...and I love it. too bad BlackBerry cannot get positive reviews / news from common media, so for some people they think BlackBerry is bad. Hopefully BlackBerry will rise again because I love this device / os

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I would consider it, but since it's a 5 inch. I'll pass.

I think if blackberry promotes, a trade in program. Old legacy device + certain amount of rupiah = Z3,

Some ppl would consider the Z3.

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Hi I'm Indonesian

Actually I don't buy z3 but my first blackberry is my Z10. I don't know but I don't like big screen. And now I successfully get 3 of my friends switch from their androids to BlackBerry 10. Keep a good work BlackBerry

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i'm indonesian, and yes! i switch my android phone to Z3 BB OS 10, this is my first OS BB 10 smartphone.. i'm so impresive to UI and browser, BB rocks!

Im Indonesian, my first BlackBerry was 9700, 9800, 9810, 9220 (trapped on iOS & droids), Z10, 9320 then Q5 since 3 weeks ago...guess what..I bought also Z10 on last Monday...!!!

5 inches screen is awesome but for me 4.2 looks good and classy on my palm (thats why I put my Lenovo K900 in my bag).

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I'm from Indonesia, today my 1st day using Z3 to replace iPhone 4 :)
My BlackBerry history : Curve 8310>Pearl 9105>Torch 9800>Z10>Z3

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I'm indonesian. Own Q5. Will skip Z3. Only need BB with QWERTY. Looking forward to windermere (or it's cheaper version, if there's any)

I am Indonesia. Now I am using BB 9900 and Q10. I won't be getting Z3 because I still prefer QWERTY.

It's just that my Z10's specs and capabilities as a device still outpace the it doesn't make much sense for me to buy one of them. My Z10 is over a year old now and still working on all its cylinders. Not only that, as BB10 has matured as am OS, it works better now than when I bought it and I make a lot more use of it...

Besides if I'll get another BlackBerry smartphone it will have to be, either middle-tier one like the Z10 i.e. it's replacement or if I'm lucky and can afford it, the replacement for the Z30.

PS Hey can anyone tell me if BlackBerry has trademarked the Z device series? I've seen that Sony came out with the Experta Z2, before that it was the Z...I mean with the Z3 now hitting markets, and the Z10 and Z30 already on sale, this could prove confusing for your average consumer.

Cartman says: Screw you guys I'm going home!

...I meant the Sony Experia Z2...geesh...damn auto-correct!

Cartman says: Screw you guys I'm going home!

Simple fix:

Don't buy any 'Z' devices unless the Z is preceeded by the name 'BlackBerry'.

The only thing the Sony has over my Z30 is the ability to 'apparently' be able to go scuba diving with the Sony.
Not sure who would do such a silly thing though.

Don't worry. There is no way I would buy a Sony. After I ended my long term ownership of Nokia phones (pre-Windows, good solid devices) I specifically wanted a BlackBerry device. Owned a legacy device, Curve 9360 with BB7OS. But that was just to transition to the Z10 and BB10.

I guess my question was related more to the average consumer who might not necessarily be particular to a brand, BlackBerry included.

I thought that BlackBerry might have trademarked the Z-series of devices...

Cartman says: Screw you guys I'm going home!

Oh yeah, I'm not Indonesian and have not voted in the poll...

Cartman says: Screw you guys I'm going home!

My guess the poll result will be somewhat rigged. Most replies could be considered as power user (able to google for answers). For first timers Indonesian blackberry users, I doubt they are aware of CB.

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I've used BlackBerry bold . My first blackberry and love it since then. I love the minimalistic feature, basic text, no flashy ui. Simple but working..
Own a z10 since the beginning.. love it except the pathetic battery.

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Looks like James has been removed from app review duty and put on poll duty

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After using it for about 5 days, Z3 rocks, nuff said. I used Z10 a lot, I mean a lot..mostly for bbm, the battery on Z10 is horrible. I have to charge the battery at least twice a day or carry a powerbank while using Z10, now with the Z3, i don't have to.

Don't know about the other Z3 user out there though, but for me it's perfect.

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I doubt it's the first smartphone for many Indonesians, they've been using cheap Androids for yrs.

With x-platform BBM, where's the incentive to get a Z3?

I'm Indonesian btw, absolutely no ! I used to be a blackberry user too before blackbery 10 does exist. IDK why ppl called Indonesia as a blackberry nation ? And bbm is too stereotype here. Z3 is a nice phone too, good looking phone with low price, Z3 has been sold out through pre order in Jakarta.

Okay here goes. Indonesian here, and have been using BlackBerry since Gemini (9520?), then Dakota (9900), and now Q10. As you can see, I love qwerty. Most Indonesians who have BB10 are legacy users in the first place. BlackBerry was rampant during the legacy era, it was the 'it' phone. And with so many variants, it's quite affordable, iPhone. This was before Android. Everybody was using it, so much so, that people would ask 'What's your BlackBerry pin?' instead of email or phone number. Why? It was because BBM. We Indonesians love to chat, both virtually and the real world. So if you have a device that let's you chat, unlimited, you have a winner. Before chat BBM exist we would text. Indonesians prefer this method of communication, rather than calling someone. You call someone only if it's an emergency. We are an ingenious bunch, you can organize an event without having to call someone, we device communication lines and procedures to spread the word if there was something a group of people would want to do, be it hanging out, or studying together for tomorrow's exam and much more. So when BBM came along, we fell in love. Now you get unlimited chats, group chat capability, with group notes, pictures and assignments that you can give to people with just this one tiny device. It was a godsend to us. Thats why BlackBerry was such a hit. Everybody have them, and I mean, EVERYBODY! Like if you're waiting in a taxi queue, I can bet you that 90% of the people have their faces down and chatting on BBM. But that all changer when android came along. I think what brought BlackBerry down in Indonesia is the lack of a good app habitat. Most of them were okay, but not very useful. I seldom download apps when I was a legacy user. I only use the apps that are pre-installed. Other than Facebook and Twitter, there aren't that many options. Now most of my friends have 2 sets of phone, an android and a BlackBerry of their choice. The only reason why we can't get rid of BlackBerry is the BBM. Because you already have so many contacts there that you feel it's more of a hassle to get out of BlackBerry than to carry 2 phones. And even though now BBM is available on other platform, most of us just can't get rid of BlackBerry. Maybe it's the simplicity of the device, maybe it's the qwerty, or maybe they just feel it's weird to use BBM on a non BlackBerry device. Who knows. Personally, BlackBerry is still my main communication device. Emails, chats, call, text and browsing. I still prefer using a BlackBerry. I only use my Galaxy Note 3 for its apps. Like Flipboard, Path, Google Maps, Google Keep, S Note, and other stuff not covered by BlackBerry. But as you can see, it's not something I can't live without. This kind of device setting is very common now in Indonesia. BlackBerry as a communicator. Android, iPhone and Windows as the commentary device.

Wow that was long! Sorry for the loooonng post. Just thought you guys would be interested.

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