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BlackBerry conspiracy theories

BlackBerry conspiracy theories

What was the deal? Was there a deal? Samuel Potter has a few thoughts about why the BlackBerry ban may have disappeared.

October 10, 2010 4:25 by

3. The BlackBerry maker got scared, and capitulated, giving the UAE everything it asked for. With around 50 million global users, half a million in the UAE, was the market that vital?

4. The whole thing was a bizarre stunt working to someone’s end in the Telecomms industry. Etisalat and Du have probably recorded record sales of other handsets in recent weeks, and are expected to reap the benefits of the now cancelled ban.

5. RIM has appeased the UAE authority by agreeing to run servers/handle data here in the country before it is sent abroad. But the actual level of access available to the government has barely changed. It’s kind of a stalemate, in that the UAE didn’t get what they wanted, but RIM was forced to give ground. In other words, a rather pointless exercise.

What do you think? Personally I’ll opt for a little of both 2 and 5.

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  1. Chris Davidson on October 10, 2010 5:57 pm

    Option 1.

  2. Dismanirie on October 11, 2010 8:05 am

    This whole farce was because someone in the UAE regulator could not keep their mouth shut. Once it was in the public domain it became a game of chicken, and I’m inclined to think that arrogance and ignorance conspired to make fools of the regulator. Nice of RIM to be so discreet.

  3. Andrew on October 11, 2010 10:14 am

    2 and 5 – probably motivated by 4.

    I was in a couple of TRA offices in Abu Dhabi two days before the announced they were dropping the ban, and the employees were busily banging away on their Blackberries (both company and personal) using Messenger and receving emails. Speaks for itself.

  4. Zack on October 11, 2010 11:07 am

    No Guts… no glory… do you think that the TRA will go to all those who have BB and give them new phones… where will they get the money to do so… and why would RIM care about keeping the UAE business if its not up to there standards….
    Have you been to china lately? that is where i would focus my development energy and where I would want to expand my business if I were RIM.
    Like many other things in Dubai, the “Pretend de Grandeur” does get crashed form time to time, and this a good example of it. Its nice to be humble -:)

  5. Gwalachmai on October 11, 2010 10:54 pm

    Mostly 2. Nothing to see here.

  6. Mr. Sal on October 14, 2010 11:38 am

    samuel-potter, do you read the other news? or where do you live man?! lol

    Rim do give background holes to other agencies like CIA…. it is known, google it. (visit and search)
    Rim do give a solution for the governments.

    why your reports are anti-emirates, or is it the cat and mouse game!


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