Just a few days ago, there were reports that Blackberry’s BBM service was interrupted in the Asia Pacific region, affecting countries such as Indonesia, Australia, Hong Kong, Thailand, India, the Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam and Malaysia. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard that BBM had gone under as it wasn’t too long ago that severe outages were experienced around the world, leading many to ditch their Blackberry phones in favor of another platform. Considering that Blackberry users tend to favor BBM as their means of text messaging one another, safe to say the outages were not appreciated, in particular Indonesian ICT minister, Tifatul Sembiring.
According to Sembiring, the quality of Blackberry’s services had dropped because at least as far as Indonesia was concerned, sales of Blackberry devices had dropped by 70%, essentially voicing his dissatisfaction with the outage. We’re not sure where Sembiring got his information from, and like the folks at N4BB have suggested, it could have merely been said in the heat of the moment rather than it being an actual hard number. In fact we wouldn’t be surprised if it wasn’t true, especially considering that Blackberry is particularly popular in Indonesia, so make what you will of it.