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RIM Avoids BlackBerry Ban in UAE

Facing an Oct. 11 deadline that would have discontinued service for its BlackBerry devices, Research In Motion this week reached an accord with the United Arab Emirates that will prevent the smartphones from going dark next week.

As Enterprise Mobile Today reports, the threatened ban would have impacted more than 500,000 BlackBerry users in the country had the two sides not hammered out a pact.

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. RIM managed to dodge bans in other countries including Saudi Arabia and India in recent months by agreeing to place a server in both of those countries to allow for some degree of monitoring by government and law enforcement agencies.


Research In Motion sidestepped a service ban for its popular BlackBerry smartphone in the United Arab Emirates today after the company and the government's Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) agreed on new services terms.

The ban, which would have terminated service for the devices on Oct. 11, is just the latest in a series of potential bans RIM has managed to avoid in the past few months.

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RIM Dodges BlackBerry Ban in UAE