Big, big news, folks. It seems as though, since 8pm EST tonight, the BlackBerry infrastructure has suffered a massive failure and has yet to come back up. This is apparently affecting the entire Western Hemisphere.
Right now, it seems as though BIS users are not affected, but most if not all BES servers are down. Certain BlackBerry Cool staffers had noticed something wonky happening with web browsing using the BlackBerry Browser earlier, but thought it was a simple matter of device failure.
Update: WNBC is reporting that…
Officials with RIM said they are trying to reset the system and told NewsChannel4 that they are concerned that the backlog of data, which will rush through when it comes back on line, could cause a bigger problem.
When the error is corrected, RIM officials said a message would be sent in stages so the system does not crash.
Obviously this is a major problem that will not only hurt RIM, but possibly US and Canadian governments, who rely heavily upon their BlackBerrys. BBCool will stay with this late breaking news through the evening and let you know what develops.