UAE Has Beef with BlackBerry, Will Suspend Service

Paul Lilly

Things aren't so well between RIM and the United Arab Emirates, with the latter announcing plans to suspend some BlackBerry services starting October 11.

"BlackBerry data is immediately exported offshore, where it is managed by a foreign, commercial organization," the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the UAE said in a statement that was published on its website. "BlackBerry data services are currently the only data services operating in the U.A.E. where this is the case."

The U.A.E.'s beef stems from "certain BlackBerry services allowing users to act with any legal accountability, causing judicial, social, and national security concerns." BlackBerry services providing email, Web browsing, instant messaging, and social networking are to be suspended from October 11 until an acceptable solution "can be developed and applied," the U.A.E. said. In the meantime, customers will still be able to use their BlackBerry for voice, SMS, MMS, and other applications.

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