BlackBerry Z10, Q10 ‘Illegal’ in Indonesia: Trade Ministry

Customers try  BlackBerry Z10 touchscreens in Jakarta. (Bloomberg Photo)

Customers try BlackBerry Z10 touchscreens in Jakarta. (Bloomberg Photo)

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.

  • Indomie

    strange contradictions…did someone important at the trade ministry not get his graft money?
    http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/editors-choice/blackberry-z10-launched-in-jakarta/

    • stjohnofthevatican

      maybe not getting enough, that’s what the ministry is saying lol

    • stjohnofthevatican

      maybe not getting enough, that’s what the ministry is saying lol

    • stjohnofthevatican

      maybe not getting enough, that’s what the ministry is saying lol

    • stjohnofthevatican

      maybe not getting enough, that’s what the ministry is saying lol

    • stjohnofthevatican

      maybe not getting enough, that’s what the ministry is saying lol

    • stjohnofthevatican

      maybe not getting enough, that’s what the ministry is saying lol

  • Duncan

    how about this …. people are fed up with stupidity and regressive anal behavior and they dont smuggle they go to Singapore and buy one – or get a friend to buy one

    • Duncan

      or of course they could buy one legally since 15 March :)

      more embarrassment for ministers to ignore- Git a

  • sam_cooool

    That country is so leading edge in their distribution of products.

  • Wong Edan

    This is all about the phone service providers wanting to get rid of Blackberry phones because of the money these companies are losing due to people using BBM, and not sending SMS texts…

    • http://www.facebook.com/dewi.thompson.9 Dewi Thompson

      If what you say is true then why did some GSM service providers sell the BB in the first place?

  • KateWinslett

    “The BlackBerry Z10 is the touchscreen version and will be available at
    all BlackBerry Lifestyle stores across Indonesia from March 15″ – Jakarta Globe, March 6

    • http://www.facebook.com/dewi.thompson.9 Dewi Thompson

      Others could ask why JG would publish this article when it clearly contradicts the article from March 15, why did the JG just not go ahead and ask the ministry why they would say this if they had the facts form the 15th of March publication?

      I am about to give up on the Jakarta GLobe, they do not want to follow up on news stories just report them without asking questions, it could lead someo to beleive that the JG was scared of the Indonesian Govt. .

  • http://al-terity.blogspot.com/ Alterity

    The headline is very misleading and needs to be changed. It’s not that the
    BlackBerry Z10, Q10 are illegal per se but that some items have entered the country illegally i.e. been smuggled.

  • Wong Edan

    Presumably they saw it as a way of making a fast buck and didn’t think it through properly. That’s why they were also pushing the Indonesian government to ban Blackberry unless RIM built a server in Indonesia.