If you don't use BlackBerry Messenger
, Tweet, check Facebook or use WhatsApp for a day, you don't get charged," he added.
Earlier RIM said it had restored BlackBerry services in the region, some 20 hours after users in EMEA and India first reported problems with email and BlackBerry Messenger
But I still have no idea how Blackberry Messenger
works, A BlackBerry has many uses which means I am doomed.
The likes of BlackBerry Messenger
- a service which allows users to send free-of-charge real-time messages - enabled yobs to organise their movements during the widespread looting and vandalism across England a fortnight ago.
Mobily lately has reduced the subscription fee in BlackBerry unlimited service package to SR50 for 1 GB along with unlimited usage of BlackBerry messenger
and e-mail to all its subscribers in postpaid and prepaid packages, as well as in Raqi package, as the least monthly subscription in Saudi Arabia.
The UAE had said it would suspend Blackberry Messenger
, e-mail and web browser services on October 11 unless RIM worked out a way to locate its encrypted computer servers in the country so that the government can get access to e-mail and other data - the same access it says the US, Russia and other states have.
The Research In Motion (RIM), makers of the smart phones, along with the Department of Telecom had submitted a proposal for intercepting the BlackBerry Messenger
The UAE has threatened to suspend Research In Motion's BlackBerry Messenger
, email and Web browser services from Oct.
The UAE has told BlackBerry maker RIM that it would suspend BlackBerry Messenger
, email and Web browser services from October 11 until the government gets access to encrypted messages.
Saudi Arabia also announced its decision to ban BlackBerry Messenger
services for the same reason.
Sources from the state-controlled Saudi Telecom, which is the kingdom's biggest telecom operator by market share, said the ban on Blackberry Messenger
was due mainly to security concerns.
The BlackBerry's coveted secrecy has come under scrutiny since Sunday, when the United Arab Emirates announced plans to ban BlackBerry Messenger
, email and Web browser services from October 11.
As a result, I find myself using SMS less and using BlackBerry Messenger
Sue Rudd, Director of Service Provider Analysis at Strategy Analytics, pointed out, "Unfortunately smartphones are not a panacea and are accelerating the decline in SMS revenues as Over-The-Top (OTT) messaging platforms, such as Blackberry Messenger
, WhatsApp and Apple iMessage, dramatically increase.
Blackberry has announced on its latest blog what to expect from Blackberry Messenger
(BBM) launching on Android and iOS, making it a cross-platform messaging service.