Saudi Arabia fails to impose BlackBerry ban
Posted in: Mobile & Wireless at 10/08/2010 15:40
Saudi Arabia's three mobile network operators were awaiting instructions on Monday from the kingdom's telecommunications regulator agency on whether to shut off Research in Motion's BlackBerry instant messaging service, which the authorities wish to access and monitor.
The BlackBerry messaging service - an encrypted text messaging service that enables users to communicate with each other quickly and in secret - was still operating on Monday.
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BlackBerry users guessing in Saudi, assured in Oman
BlackBerry users in Saudi Arabia were left guessing for a second time in a week on Tuesday after a deadline to address security concerns about encryption lapsed, but service continued normally.
However, manufacturer Research In Motion (RIM) did receive good news from smaller Oman that it does not plan to block BlackBerry services, citing a "philosophy of free market in the sector.