North American outage scheduled for March 22nd?

A user on the Pinstack forums posted about a 100% outage scheduled for March 22nd, lasting through the hours 1:00 to 5:00 AM EST, and confirmed on the BB-Outage mailing list. The outage is for a database upgrade, and will prevent email and internet access on BIS and BES for all users in North America. Outages are never fun, but at least it’s planned this time, eh?

UPDATE: The downtime has apparently been rescheduled to March 29th. due to some flooding in Missouri.

Posted by Devin Kent in News, Rumors

Comments [7 Responses]

March 19th, 2008 at 10:43 am

Dont believe everything you read on the internet.

RIM almost always gives 7+ days notice, and sends out network notifications to people who sign up (

The article in the PINSTACK forums references the bb outage list (which isnt official). If the outage was real, it would have a BBCHG number associated with it.

Also, most changes will say things like “4 hour outage”, and once the outage is complete… it lasted 2 minutes. RIM banks on large outages to not lose on SLAs, when in reality the real outage time is minutes.

March 19th, 2008 at 2:09 pm

Actuall it on a Saturday morning or Friday night for the West Coast.

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