BlackBerry Service Earns Another Black Eye with Outage
Research In Motion confirmed today that its BlackBerry email service is down for some customers. "Some users in Europe, Middle East and Africa are experiencing issues with their BlackBerry service," the company said in a statement. "All relevant support teams are working to resolve the issue. We apologize to any customers who may be affected." RIM didn't offer an explanation for the outage. The problem occurred almost exactly a year after RIM's entire BlackBerry service crashed for several days. RIM took measures after the 2011 crash to improve its network infrastructure. RIM didn't indicate how long it will take to restore service today.
BlackBerry to Quit Pakistan Over Privacy Issues
BlackBerry today said it plans to leave Pakistan by Dec. 30 due to disagreements with the Pakistani government over privacy.
BlackBerry to Kill Off Advertising Business
BlackBerry today said its BlackBerry Advertising Service will reach its end of life on June 16, 2015, after which the servers will be disabled and the APIs will no longer work. BlackBerry launched the service to help developers generate ad-based revenue via mobile applications.
BlackBerry Puts the Classic to Pasture
BlackBerry today said it will cease manufacturing the BlackBerry Classic handset. The Classic debuted in December 2014 and is one of the last devices from BlackBerry to run BlackBerry OS.
FCC to Investigate AT&T 911 Outage
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said the agency will investigate a recent issue on AT&T's mobile network that prevented some 911 calls from going through. The issue occurred Wednesday evening over a period of several hours.
AT&T Landline Issue Halts Southeast Wireless Networks
AT&T said a problem with its wireline network was to blame for spotty cellular coverage in portions of Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee this evening. AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless customers in those four states reported connectivity issues starting in the late afternoon.