UAE To Forgo Blackberry Ban

Blackberry users in the UAE and even visitors planning to make a stop-over can now heave a sigh of relief.

The United Arab Emirates will no longer implement its planned ban on all BlackBerry services that was to have gone into effect next week, October 11.

This was confirmed by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority saying that all BlackBerry services have conformed to the agency’s regulations although it did not elaborate on how Research In Motion (RIM), the Canadian company that produces the BlackBerry have conformed to the regulatory authority’s concerns.

It will be recalled that the UAE threatened in August to block Blackberry users’ access to e-mail, web browsing and text messages if Research In Motion didn’t provide government access for security investigations.

The ban would have affected more than a half-million users in the UAE, as well as visitors to Dubai and the rest of the emirates as BlackBerry is the dominant smartphone in the UAE.

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