Users fume as Blackberry borkage goes into third day

Users fume as Blackberry outage goes into third day

RIM are struggling enough as it is, but things have been going from bad to worse for the Canadian company as millions of BlackBerry users now go into their third day of being unable to access the internet on their handsets.

Although the service was  briefly restored on Tuesday morning, it promptly collapsed again before the morning was out, leaving frustrated subscribers without mobile internet, email and access to RIM’s instant messenger, BBM.

With no official update as to when services may be restored, it’s turning into a PR disaster for RIM – even more so as the outage coincides with a big advertising campaign for their new Blackberry Bold 9900 handset.

The company have so far only offered a  rather muted explanation of the ongoing problems:

The messaging and browsing delays being experienced by BlackBerry users in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, India, Brazil, Chile and Argentina were caused by a core switch failure within RIM’s infrastructure.

Although the system is designed to failover to a back-up switch, the failover did not function as previously tested. As a result, a large backlog of data was generated and we are now working to clear that backlog and restore normal service as quickly as possible.

We apologize for any inconvenience and we will continue to keep you informed.

It’s a disaster

As you might imagine, users are going ballistic online, and with every day that this farrago continues, we can imagine Blackberry’s market share getting that little bit smaller.

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2 Comments on “Users fume as Blackberry borkage goes into third day”

  1. I’m BES admin for my company supporting over 100 blackberry devices, and am totally stunned at the total lack information coming from RIM. That statement above was the last official statement out of RIM, and that was over 15! hours ago. I’ll be struggling to convince by board of directors (in fact i’m struggling to convince myself) to remain loyal to RIM when our contracts are up for renewal in a few months.

    I go to the Blackberry homepage, and instead of seeing a status update, I get a picture of Chipmunk selling me a fu*king playbook or something.

    Not impressed.

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