BlackBerry ban will affect UAE visitors too

Service ban will mean business and tourism visitors will be unable to use BlackBerry

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BlackBerry ban will affect UAE visitors too Business visitors and tourists will not be able to use BlackBerry to communicate in the UAE.
By  Andy Sambidge Published  August 3, 2010

The UAE's telecom regulator has said its suspension of BlackBerry e-mail, messaging and web browsing services will also apply to foreign business and tourism visitors too.

The Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA) confirmed in a statement that the ban on those BlackBerry services planned to take effect on 11th October will be suspended for visitors using roaming services on foreign smart phones, news agency WAM reported.

That would put BlackBerry service out of reach for business travellers and others passing through the Mideast's busiest airport in Dubai, which averages about 100,000 passengers a day.

The suspension of the services will remain effective until Blackberry services become fully compliant with the UAE's regulatory requirements, TRA added.

The regulator has urged Blackberry subscribers to visit the offices of Etisalat and du to receive updates on the substitute services.

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