Indonesia’s Ministry of Trade said on Tuesday that it was targeting BlackBerry’s Z10 and Q10 smartphones in its upcoming Jakarta raids because the devices are entering the country illegally and are not yet permitted to be sold here.
Nuz Nuzulia Ishak, the ministry’s director general for standardization and consumer protection, said that Research in Motion’s (RIM) latest products were not yet granted a permit to circulate in Indonesia, even though the smartphones can be seen throughout the city on daily basis.
“BlackBerry’s Q10 and Z10 shouldn’t have entered the market yet. We suspect that these gadgets come from Malaysia and are [smuggled] via Batam [in the Riau Islands],” Nuz told Indonesian news portal antaranews.com.
RIM launched the BlackBerry Z10 in Jakarta in March. The device was meant to usher in a new beginning for the Canada-based company, as it seeks to revive its sagging fortunes and regain its lost market share from Apple and other smartphone makers such as Samsung.
The Waterloo, Ontario firm said in March that profit in the fourth fiscal quarter ended March 2 was $98 million, compared with a loss of $125 million in the same period a year earlier.
The quarterly data included some sales of the new phones in Canada, Britain, India and Indonesia.
Trade Minister Gita Wirjawan said that after some unannounced inspections of cell phone shops in ITC Roxy Mas in Central Jakarta, he found Blackberry Z10s, among other products, that had not secured the required documentation to be sold in Indonesia.
He also found popular gadgets such as iPads and iPhones with faux warranty cards, which he said was against regulations.
Meanwhile, Nuz warned that illegal cell phones found in the planned raids would be seized and peddlers would face legal punishment.
“We’ve already secured permission from the court to conduct raids and seize [illegal cell phones] in Jakarta,” she said.
Gita added that Indonesia loses trillions of rupiah annually due to the rampant selling of contraband mobile phones.
Additional reporting by AFP.