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?