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Joe Bloggs 10 years ago

The only reason for this issue is beacause the telcom companies cannot tap into and spy on people using Blackberry Messenger.

Hani 10 years ago

this is only about censorship

Buzz 10 years ago

Maybe the authorities should specify exactly what risks (besides the profit-rates for the local telco's) we are being exposed to. I though I heard it all.... protectionism usually doesn't mix well with a market-economy. Choose which one you want!

Edward 10 years ago

I can understand why this is an issue is for the UAE. The UAE wants to monitor and restrict what consumers are doing on the net and monitor the data the consumer sent. However, the Blackberry is one the best devices on the market when it comes to privacy because the data cannot be decoded / read by the telecoms and authorities. This must be a huge issue for the UAE, in conflict with the controls they want to have on the people. The statement that says this is in the interest of the consumer is obviously totally not true, but more to protect the ablity of the UAE to read our data. Like Etisalat previously tried with a patch, they try to get access to people data….. Now they will try it via the political way. With all respect to the UAE... I hope they will not succeed.

Hussain 10 years ago

i rememeber in the old days.. clerics and politicians stated stated telephones were devices from the 7th pit of hell. THen the clerics and politicians stated TV was a blasphamous machine that offended god Then the clerics and politicians stated sattilite Dish was revered as the biggest threat to the public...and an abomination created by satan himself with the aid of the Japanese. Then clerics and politicians stated the internet was dangerous and the evilest of evils ever to be conceived of the evilest of evil minds then clerics and politicians stated Camera phones were the Gretest evil since the greatest of all evils...(countless nokia 6600 suffered as a result) Today... everyone has one if not two phones. Televisions hooked up to sattilite recevers are full of cheap music channels with cheap religous channels with the same clerics on them The internet is the Main hub for news, media discussion and social interaction. especially for women. 99.9% of all phones in stores come with camera's And now that theyve run out of stuff to fear, heres teh black berry. Rule of thumb in arab world... it is dangerous and evil until we are able to control it. and personnaly i think steve jobs is behind this so he can dump all defective Iphone 4 products intot eh MENA market & boost apples regional revinue!

John Thomas 10 years ago

Just come out and tell the truth for a change - you are ticked because you cannot spy on people as usual because the device does not allow for it - there - that is the real reason. I sincerely hope you will not succeed on this - others have tried and failed and I hope RMI stands behind what they created and continue protecting the consumer - after all it is the consumer paying and they have the right to that little privacy that is left!! Unbelievable!!

Arjun 10 years ago

Well said everyone.....all the best to the people who think it is a security risk......but hey you can also use the term if you don't like using a BB then throw it away......try saying that. Thw whole world uses it and someone's bothered about a risk.....information is very critical and can be passed on from one to one for a price......many govt's tried to do the same thing what is written in the article here but gave up eventually.

danno 10 years ago

awesome and hilarious comment, we couldn't stop laughing, especially on dumping the crap apple products.

tanza 10 years ago

Security concerns? Sounds like CENSORSHIP is what the government wants....nothing new here. Just another way of applying the C word.

Edward 10 years ago

Could not stop laughing! Brilliant and so true!!!

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