OMG! This is not a good news at all. We do hope that Qtel the #1 leading service provider for Blackberry service here in Qatar will not be affected with this issue. It will be a big loss for the people and a big loss for our current sales as well. Blackberry handheld phone are top of the list and #1 salable item every month and next is iPhone 3Gs. People are so gaga with the Blackberry Messenger features and I’m one of those people. It’s one of the cost effective way to communicate with my friends. I don’t use text messaging anymore. We all crossed our fingers for this.
Two Gulf states to ban some Blackberry functions
Two Gulf states have announced bans on some functions of the Blackberry mobile phone, claiming security concerns.
The United Arab Emirates is to block sending e-mails, accessing the internet, and delivering instant messages to other Blackberry handsets.
Saudi Arabia is to prevent the use of the Blackberry-to-Blackberry instant messaging service.
Both nations are unhappy that they are unable to monitor such communications via the handsets.
This is because the Blackberry handsets automatically send the encrypted data to computer servers outside the two countries. – source