Update: BREAKING: After UAE, Saudi Arabia Orders To Ban BlackBerry Messenger

1 Aug, 2010

Update: A number  BlackBerry users in Saudi Arabia told ArabCrunch BB messenger is still running.

Following  UAE’s decision today in in suspending blackberry Messenger, Blackberry E-mail and Blackberry Web-Browsing Services in Octabor, Saudi Arabia today ordered the 3 telecom operators in the kingdom to freeze BlackBerry messenger, according to Reuters sources from two operators in the kingdom and according to Aliqtisadia a Saudi business newspaper the ban will take effect this month.

#Thanks Ahmad Kamal for the tip.

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  1. Islam  |  August 1st, 2010 at 5:56 PM #

    I don’t understand! why would they do that?

  2. Assaad  |  August 3rd, 2010 at 7:30 AM #

    it is because BBM text is encrypted and can only be decrypted by RIMM servers.

  3. Dubai Chief Police: BlackBerry Ban is Due to “Israeli” & US Spying On The Country - ArabCrunch  |  September 3rd, 2010 at 10:10 PM #

    [...] Saudi Arabia has reached an agreement with BlackBerry to get access to users data, our sources with relevance to telecom operators in region told us that UAE and BalckBerry are expected to reach such agreement at the end of the road. UAE said before they are banning BB by next month. [...]

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