BlackBerry Messaging Now Shut Down in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has carried through with it’s promise and has forced the three network providers to block access to BlackBerry Messaging. Yahoo! News is reporting today that a number of users over that way have confirmed that they are now unable to access the service that their smartphones were primarily designed to use.

The reasons the BlackBerry messaging service has been shut down was related to “security concerns”. Any of the three carriers now blocking the service would have been given a $1.3M fine.

We are not sure when and if services will be restored. From what we understand, it would require that RIM build a datacentre out that way rather than relying on the one in Canada to handle the messages.

The move is expected to effect 750,000 BlackBerry users in Saudi Arabia.

Via: Engadget

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