Many people are angered by the decision while others are welcoming it for several reasons. As one of my facebook friends have so candidly stated; " I'm sorry guys, and don't get angry, but I'm so sick and tired of the Blackberry! You can't see a person walking around without one and his/her eyes glued to it 24/7! What a waste of time! " .
I have personally been in with a Doctor who was BBming while I was in there with them, and have sat with many people that have had their hands and eyes GLUED to their BBM. I will admit, I Oh so desperately wanted to join the Blackberry craze, but at the time didn't find a phone that was visually appealing, I mean come on, the Iphone does look Oh So SHexyyy :)
What do you think about this decision? Do you thinks its an infringement of privacy? Are these governments trying to desperately keep tabs on everything we do? Are there other reasons for this decision? Could it be due to safety? A means to easy 'Dating', and cyber mingling of the sexes?To curb terrorism in the region? Could it be an Apple conspiracy to have more Iphone 4s sold in the region (j/k) or as someone tweeted last night, is this going to be the road to start the iChat instead of the BBM? :)
Here is one of the many articles world wide that have jumped on this News worthy decision...
UAE And Saudi Arabia To Block BlackBerry Services
02 August, 2010, by ITProPortal Staff
BlackBerry users have been barred from accessing a number of services in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia, The Telegraph has reported.
The ban, commencing 11 October, will prevent users from e-mail, internet browsing and instant messaging services on the smartphone, manufactured by Research In Motion (RIM), citing national security concerns.
The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of the UAE has stated: "Today's decision is based on the fact that, in their current form, certain BlackBerry services allow users to act without any legal accountability, causing judicial, social and national security concerns for the UAE."
Activists across the region have blamed regulating authorities of forcing censorship on using phones, following the censoring of a number of websites.
Read more: http://www.itproportal.com/portal/news/article/2010/8/2/uae-and-saudi-arabia-block-blackberry-services/#ixzz0vRcEia8E
More News sources:
UAE, Saudi Arabia to block Blackberry services on CBS news
UAE, Saudi Arabia to block Blackberry on MSNBC
UAE: Blackberry blocked in UAE
WRAPUP 3-BlackBerry users in UAE, Saudi may have services cut- CNN
Two Gulf states to ban some Blackberry functions- BBC
and the list does go on.... Its has truly made it as really BIG news!
Even my city Toronto has made it big news...
UAE says BlackBerry a security riskSaudi Arabia to join Emirates in blocking RIM’s data network because of potential terrorist use