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BlackBerry Ban Lifted in Saudi Arabia after 4 hours?!?

Saudi BlackBerrys The Saudi government really meant business when they said they would ban BlackBerry services or fine carriers $1.3 million dollars. The ban hammer went down this morning and for 4 hours users were craving their crackberry fix.

It looks like service went down around 4:30 AM ET but 4 hours later it was all back and running. The Vancouver Sun is assuming that maybe the telecommunications authority did not specify the length of the ban… :)

So now I am kind of curious about what game they are playing:

  • Did they do it just to send RIM a message?
  • Was it a publicity stunt?
  • Are the carriers essentially laughing in the governments face and saying we did what you asked?
  • Did RIM find a way to un-ban their service?

What do you think?

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  1. I would hope it is not evidence that RIM somehow caved since they have insisted what they were being asked for was technically impossible.

  2. Maybe the King also a crackberry addict and realized he can’t live without it :)

  3. The Saudi government didn’t cut off bbm. There is 3 service providers in Saudi, one of them did a system update so bum didn’t work for a couple of hours while bbm was working fine with the other two providers. The ban didn’t go through because of late night meetings with rim.
    It was reported in the news from an inside source that rim might cave and install a server over there.

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