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BlackBerry Users Cut Off in Saudi Arabia

beheadingI feel bad for BlackBerry users waking up today in Saudi Arabia. Yahoo is reporting that Saudi Arabia has cut off BlackBerry messaging services as of today “Due to security concerns.”

It turns out that the Saudi telecommunications commission ordered the 3 main carriers to block BlackBerry service or face a $1.3 million dollar fine. The US and Canada are holding talks with Saudi authorities to see how they can ease this issue.

The irony is that RIM kind of made it easy for carriers to block BlackBerry traffic since they just have to block all connections to RIMs servers. You could not do this with other devices because they connect over regular ports using technology like ActiveSync, IMAP, & POP3.

I express my condolences to all BlackBerry users in Saudi Arabia. I hope your withdrawal is not that bad.

5 total comments on this postSubmit your comment!
  1. Any word on if this effects roaming users?

  2. Why are only muslim countries banning blackberries?

  3. Can someone please explain to me why blackberry only related to this issue. For example, if i use YM on my BB/ iPhone/ Android/ MC/ PC can my government monitor my conversation? If can how they do that since Yahoo didn’t place their server in my country…

  4. I have a buddy in Bangalore. he says everything is fine and doesnt know anyone that has been disconnected. He says its all talk. Weird.

  5. India is fine so far! Not sure if the security folks really understand how a BB works, the using of 128+ bit encryption, etc.

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