Yesterday, Etisalat announced the cessation of all BlackBerry phone services in the UAE, which include messaging services, “Pin to Pin”, in addition to the “BlackBerry Internet service” and services « BlackBerry Email », as of March 10, according to the notice issued by the company« BlackBerry ».
And Etisalat confirmed, in a statement, that the current customers, subscribers to the BlackBerry packages, can still use the data capacity allocated to the package for all other internet services.
For its part, the company «BlackBerry», through its pages on social media, that the company «TCL Communications» will stop as of August 31 next to sell phones devices bearing the brand «BlackBerry», as they no longer have the right to design or manufacture Or sell any of the "BlackBerry" devices, noting that the partnership, which started between the two sides (BlackBerry) and (TCL) in 2016, will stop at the end of August 2020.
"BlackBerry" added that, despite this, the company "TCL" will continue to provide technical support for the current phones, including providing customer service and warranty service until August 31 of 2022, or as stipulated by local laws where Blackberry phones were purchased.
But "BlackBerry" did not clarify whether or not to sign a partnership agreement with another company to continue selling or designing the devices.
In August 2010, the General Authority for Regulating the Telecommunications Sector in the State announced that the BlackBerry Messenger, Post and Electronic Browsing services will be suspended from October 11, 2010, due to the lack of any progress in the attempts that were made continuously, to make These services are in line with the legislation that regulates the work of the telecommunications sector in the country.
According to the "Communications Regulation", at the time, the decision to suspend was based on the fact that some services, and as a result of their current nature, provide ways for some individuals to commit abuses, away from any legal accountability that has serious consequences for social, judicial and national security.
The authority called on the Canadian company "Research in Motion RIM", which manufactures the BlackBerry devices, to comply with requirements equivalent to those previously applied in Britain and the United States.
However, "The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority" issued a statement, on October 9, 2010, in which it announced the continuation of all BlackBerry services in the country, after the authority reached a compromise solution with Research in Motion, ensuring the service is in compliance with local legislation and regulations, which It regulates the telecommunications sector in the country.
Discontinued services include: "Messenger", "PIN exchange", "BlackBerry Internet", and "Email".