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RIM's BlackBerry network is down again, disconnecting users in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, but that won't come as a surprise to the socially connected. The outage started around 09.00 this morning, RIM reckons it's only affecting "some users" but the mailbox here at Vulture Central is filling up with (sadly resigned) …


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  1. James 51

    Mine seems to be working fine.

  2. ElNumbre

    BES on Vodafone

    Our BES and handsets on the Voda network have all gone for an early session down the pub. About 400 handsets. Voda's forum message was basically shout at RIM, their fault.

    However, we don't have RIM account managers, we have telco account managers, so they are the ones getting a hot ear.

    Today would be a good day to launch a competing phone...

    1. Matt Bryant Silver badge

      Re: BES on Vodafone

      "....Today would be a good day to launch a competing phone..." Well, first it would have to be able to actually compete with the BES/BB combo, and the iPhone just can't.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    it is now

    our corporate network lost it about 7ish and came back around 11:30

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Also BES on Vodafone

    Users around Europe and Africa, but all seems to be up since 12:15 again (WET)

    1. Matt Bryant Silver badge

      Re: Also BES on Vodafone

      ".....Users around Europe and Africa...." We have BES and Voda across the EMEA and we have had no problems reported, so it can't be all Voda accounts.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    This is Apple's "BLACK OPS" team at work. They've got no patents to sue RIM with, so they've embedded a saboteur team deep inside RIM, this will be RIM's Waterloo.

  6. Mike Judge

    Still confused why people

    want to send all their communications thru a proprietary server setup, rather than the open and more reliable Internet..

    Peados, terrorists or retards, I would guess.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Still confused why people

      Judge? Seems about right.

      No judge in the land can be taken seriously!

  7. Thomas 4


    I haven't received any messages about this and I've been checking my 9360 all day. >.>

  8. DJ Smiley

    ... I sent a mp3 to my wife around 9:30am.....

    Did I kill their entire network with a single mp3? :D

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    "You don't want an iPhone, because.... "

    It's last decade tech and last decade OS is absolute wank, which is what people will think of you if your seen withone. W O W why did you buy an inferior phone, for top dollar?

    1. NightFox

      Send in the Billy Goats Gruff

      It's an article about Blackberry and RIM. Go spew your hatred elsewhere, I'm sure there are plenty of iPhone-related threads bubbling away today just waiting to hear your views.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      The fact that RIM had an apparently minor server outage doesn't change the facts that your phone is last-decade tech, your phone's OS is absolute wank, and that when people see you with it they think, "Wanker." So what's your point?

      (Apologies to the other grown-ups on this thread for feeding the troll, couldn't help it, sorry :p)

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      I guess your phone is an Android phone?

      Android is Linux based and the kernel was started in the early 90s. So quite a few decades old in terms of technology.

      Both Android and OSX have similar Unix underpinnings. So neither is particularly modern, Unix is tried and tested solid technology but about 43 years old.

  10. Captain Scarlet Silver badge
    Paris Hilton

    Subscribe to twitter feeds

    Well they'll hardly send out a BBM or email to all their affected users will they.

    Will they?

    1. This Side Up

      Re: Subscribe to twitter feeds

      What happens when the spewing news feeds go down?

  11. RonWheeler

    We have hundreds on several networks/sites and none have gone down

    No arguing there is an issue, but I doubt the problem is a widespread as the twitterati make out. I'd still be annoyed if it affected me though.

  12. Mandoscottie
    Thumb Up

    out of 20 BBs we had 1 go down....had to be our site director too! ;)

  13. Richard 120

    I'm not affected

    My service has already been fucked up for the last week by Vodafone

  14. Simon Redding

    We're all out and have been all day

    The majority of our 3,000 (yes, three thousand) handsets are failing to send, and are having really bad delays receiving incoming mail. They won't look up numbers off the BES either. I wonder if I can find an alternative use for mine?

    1. Matt Bryant Silver badge

      Re: We're all out and have been all day

      ".....They won't look up numbers off the BES either...." Hmmmm, that sounds more like a problem with your BES rather than the BB servers.

  15. reesh

    nothing much to see

    down this morning barring a brief spurt around 11am. Then all back to normal at 12.50.

    Bit of a non-event

  16. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    My iPhone was still working...

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Really?

      git :P

    2. James 100

      Re: Really?

      That's RIM's problem, really: there simply cannot be an "iPhone outage", nor an "Android outage", because those are standalone devices rather than reliant on RIM servers keeping on ticking.

      Even if Apple and Google somehow folded tomorrow and had all their servers wheeled away by repo men, my handset would carry on for now - yes, I'd be stuck for security updates, support etc, but my email and web access would be totally unaffected. If RIM's servers go dark, though, so do the handsets.

      From an infosec perspective, I find people's enthusiasm for getting their mail via an encrypted link to a third-party server that makes an encrypted connection to their mail server, rather than having a direct encrypted link to the mail, depressing. Neat hack to achieve push with low power consumption, sure, but what happens when that extra point of failure fails?

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  18. Chris007

    Looks like users are always getting a good RIMming.

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