For the third day in a row BlackBerry mobile phone users are suffering outages to email, Internet and BBM (BlackBerry Messenger). I spoke to a colleague yesterday who has a corporate company phone and he said he thought it had been a quiet day, until suddenly all the emails he’d missed during the day arrived in one hit on his ‘Berry.
The outage has been affecting users Europe, the Middle East, Africa, India and even parts of the Americas, and apparently is due to a dodgy switch in BlackBerry manufacturer Research In Motion’s facility in Slough, Berkshire.
John Betjeman may have called for an end to Slough, but I doubt very much he could ever have realised that one day the demise of one small piece of computer equipment in Slough could cut millions of users off from their email and the Internet.
If you’re a BlackBerry user just how are you managing to cope without instant access to your email service?