RIM Caves To Saudia Arabia…. Sad…. [UPDATED]

This is a sad day for BlackBerry users. According to The Globe And Mail, RIM and Saudia Arabia have a deal:

The agreement, involving placing a BlackBerry server inside the kingdom, would allow the government to monitor users’ messages and allay official fears the service could be used for criminal purposes, the official said.

The deal could have wide-ranging implications for several other countries, including India and the United Arab Emirates, which have expressed similar concerns over how BlackBerry maker Research in Motion Ltd., handles data.

The Saudi regulatory official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the details of the deal with the media, said tests were now underway to determine how to install a BlackBerry server inside the country.

I guess this explains why BlackBerry Messenger services came back so quickly after being cut yesterday. I expect that other countries will be lining up to get similar treatment. Which means there’s little point in having a BlackBerry as the security that has made them so popular is no longer there. But at the end of the day, they’re there to make money. So I guess you can’t be surprised that they folded up like cheap suits.

But it is sad.

UPDATE: A report has surfaced claiming that the three cell carriers in Saudi Arabia have until Monday to test out the proposed solution, or the BlackBerry messaging ban will take effect as originally planned.

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