Thursday, July 16, 2009

Government Agrees to Relax Ban On BlackBerry

The government said on Wednesday (7/15) that it had decided to soften its stance on banning Canada-based Research In Motion’s BlackBerry smartphones. The handsets were banned because RIM lacked an Indonesian after-sales office.

“The Ministry of Communications has changed the total ban to a partial ban until Aug. 21,” said Gatot Dewabroto, the ministry’s spokesperson. “This means companies can import the phones.”

The shift came after a delegation including Canadian Embassy officials, RIM executives and their legal advisers met with ministry officials on Tuesday (7/14) to ask the government to revise or lift the ban.

Gatot denied any pressure from the Canadian officials to lift the ban. “We decided to do this because RIM has revised their promise to open an after-sales office by Aug. 21,” he said.

See the original source: The Jakarta Globe
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