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BlackBerry data outage in Europe, Middle East, Africa

A huge outage across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa has cut off BlackBerry users from access to their e-mail, Internet, and other Web services.

BlackBerry users across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa have been hit by a data outage that cut off access to e-mail, the Internet, and instant messaging, among other services.

The outage began today around 10:20 a.m. BST and is still continuing, according to posts to Twitter by BlackBerry owners and service providers. Carriers in the UK are blaming Research In Motion for the problem, and the Canadian company confirmed the downtime in a short statement today.

"We are working to resolve an issue currently impacting some BlackBerry subscribers in Europe, Middle East and Africa," RIM said. "We're investigating, and we apologise to our customers for any inconvenience caused whilst this is resolved."

Read more of "BlackBerry data services suffer massive outage" at ZDNet UK.