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Further evidence of BlackBerry success in Indonesia from InMobi

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Indonesia Monthly Growth in Traffic

Not too long ago BlackBerry Cool published an article regarding the success of RIM in Indonesia. The article highlighted the fact that the BlackBerry is popular for two main reasons: its price point and its brand reputation.

Data from Indonesia’s largest mobile advertising network, InMobi, confirms the above notion that BlackBerry is beating iPhone in Indonesia, a country home to over 237 million people. From January 2009 to June 2009, mobile ad requests on Blackberry phones increased by 842%, compared to mobile ad requests on Indonesia iPhones, which increased only by 205%. See the above graph for a better picture of how the two devices differ in usage.

For RIM to further succeed in Indonesia and the rest of the developing world, they are going to have to launch more low-end devices. While the 8520 did an excellent job of satisfying some of the demand for a cheaper smartphone, there is still plenty of opportunity for an even cheaper device. A BlackBerry with the most basic of functionality would still provide a smartphone experience the developing world would cherish.

Announcement: Winners of the BlackBerry Cool Opera Mini Contest

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Grand Prize: The winner of the Grand Prize goes to Alex Lombardi. Alex’s review of Opera Mini will be tomorrow morning for everyone to read. The winning review was a close call between Alex, @coffeedaze and a review submitted by Dennis from WAPreview.com.

The Grand Prize is a 7-day all-inclusive trip to Scandinavia this summer. Congratulations Alex!

Dennis is in a tough situation for prizes because he’s using an iDen 7100, and therefore none of our cases and accessories really apply. If anyone wants to trade a CDMA Curve for an 8350i, we can make this happen. We’re giving him:

  • $100 for the BlackBerry Cool Store
  • Duracell PowerSource Mini
  • Freedom Keyboard
  • We’re giving @coffeedaze

  • $100 for the BlackBerry Cool Store
  • A Mobile Portable Power solution
  • X-Mini Speaker system
  • We’re also giving away:

  • BodyGuardz scratch protectors for the Curve 900 and Bold.
  • Otterbox cases for the Bold and 8900.
  • So if you entered and have a Bold or Curve 900, leave a comment with the same username/email.

    Americans and BlackBerry devices dominate mobile web browsing

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    Opera has a regular research paper called State of the Mobile Web, and today they’ve published the most recent update. In addition to the top global trends and country snapshots, the report highlights trends in Africa and aggregate operator data for the top 10 countries.

    The two biggest findings in this report show that Americans consume the most data intensive web pages, with BlackBerry devices being the choice platform for power users.

    Global trends for Opera found in the report include:

    • In April 2009, Opera Mini had over 23.4 million users, up more than 140% compared to April 2008.
    • Opera Mini users viewed nearly 8.7 billion pages in April 2009. Since April 2008, page views have increased 249%.
    • Last month, Opera Mini users generated more than 151 million MB of data for operators worldwide. Data in Opera Mini is compressed up to 90%. If this data were uncompressed, Opera Mini users would have viewed up to 1.4 PB of data in April. Over the previous year, data traffic is up 295%.
    • Opera Mini usage in Nigeria continues to surge, pushing past Poland and taking the #9 spot.

    Click through to see an interesting breakdown of mobile web research from Opera