MobileMe blocked in Saudi Arabia
No official announcement has been made as to why the site is unavailable
Apple's MobileMe service has apparently been blocked in Saudi Arabia, with users who try to gain access to the service reporting that instead they receive a message that the page is unavailable.
Many Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users use the cloud-based site to access and manage their email, contacts, calendar, photos, and files on the web. MobileMe also allows users to sync their information across all their Apple devices.
Hundreds of Twitter users were up in arms at the news of the site being blocked with many proclaiming their annoyance. One Tweeter said "blocked! Are you kidding me?!"
There has been no official word yet from Saudi Arabian regulators as to why the site has been blocked.
In August Saudi Arabian mobile providers began suspending BlackBerry messaging services after the government raised fears over security issues. The ban was removed after negotiations between Research in Motion and the Communication and Information Technology Commission (CITC).
Saudi Arabia had complained that encrypted security used by RIM for the BlackBerry network prevented it from monitoring communications channels that could be used by groups who may want to threaten national security.
Update: As of Wednesday, the MobileMe site has now been unblocked in Saudi Arabia and is available to all subscribers. Authorities could not be reached for comment as to why the site was blocked earlier.