UAE to block BlackBerry services starting October 11th
Following up on earlier statements calling BlackBerry a "security risk", the United Arab Emirates will be fully banning BlackBerry services as of October 11th. This means no BBM, no email, no nothing for UAE BlackBerry users. In addition to that, it also looks like Saudi Arabia may also be the next to start blocking access.
"With no solution available and in the public interest ... Blackberry Messenger, Blackberry E-mail and Blackberry Web-browsing services will be suspended until an acceptable solution can be developed and applied," Telecommunications Regulatory Authority director-general Mohamed al-Ghanim said in a statement carried on state news agency WAM.
The decision comes as threats to national security grow as the BlackBerry data services operate out of the government's control. All carriers will have will be a part of the ban, which could also affect other devices down the road.