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UAE optimistic on reaching deal on BlackBerry

Abu Dhabi exec council official says talks to resolve dispute are 'positive'.

UAE optimistic on reaching deal on BlackBerry
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The UAE is “very optimistic” about reaching an accord with Research in Motion Ltd. to solve a dispute about BlackBerry services in the country, the secretary general of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council said.

“Talks are very advanced and positive,” Mohammed Ahmed Al Bowardi told reporters in Abu Dhabi on Sunday. “We are very optimistic it will be resolved before the deadline.”

BlackBerry Messenger, e-mail and Web browsing services will be halted in the U.A.E. from Oct. 11, the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority said on Aug. 1.

The regulator said BlackBerry messages, which are transferred to computer servers outside the country, can’t be monitored as stipulated under national security laws.

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Hossam 9 years ago

It was published before that talks are positive , then a TRA official came out and said nothing is positive this is not true and now you are saying positive .... that's why i don't and will never believe any media news especially when it comes to real estate , banking and the future of dubai .

cameljockey 9 years ago

@Hossam: Yes, there's nothing wrong with being cynical about the media here, they just regurgitate what they are told, with little filtration or comment (and the worst are the online media). On the Blackberry issue, I said from the very start that I was 100 percent sure that the issue would be resolved, and I have not changed my opinion.

Nancy 9 years ago

Do you not find it slightly ironic that you are berating online media, using online media, in a comment that hasn't been censored? Surely if you are claiming the media here only reiterates the official line, your comment wouldn't have made it as far as publication?

cameljockey 9 years ago

I just made a polite and factual reply which was rejected by the website as not suitable. Your theory busted...... Anyway you misread me, I did not say they said what they were told to say, I said they just repeat whatever is given to them without comment. Entirely different.

Rich 9 years ago

Well I'll be very upset if they allow the service - I was looking forward to getting my free iPhone 4!!! Also, it's far cheaper for me to use a sim and service from another country than pay the extortionate charges which the local providers charge! Please cut the service and give me an iPhone :)

Azzie 9 years ago

Etisalat or DU will definatley NOT be exchanging you BB with an iPhone 4, if you notice, they have mentioned iPhone but not which model... you'll probably end up with an iPhone 3G :(