TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Blackberry Network Down for Hours

Blackberry Network Down for Hours

Monty Solomon (
Fri, 17 Jun 2005 21:01:04 -0400

By BRUCE MEYERSON AP Business Writer

NEW YORK (AP) -- The BlackBerry e-mail service suffered a nationwide
outage Friday morning, but the nearly four-hour disruption only
appeared to affect devices connected to certain types of cellular

Research in Motion Ltd., which makes the popular mobile devices and
provides a service connecting them to corporate networks, did not
respond to phone calls seeking comment.

But three of the nation's biggest cellular carriers confirmed the outage.

Cingular Wireless said RIM's outage lasted for three hours and 49
minutes. T-Mobile USA said service was restored by noon EDT.

Nextel Communication Inc. reported that only some customers
experienced trouble, and in those cases it was a delay in e-mails
rather than a full-fledged service disruption.


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