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BlackBerry Internet Service Possibly Blocked in Egypt

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The Egyptian government has been scrambling to try and shut down communication channels in an attempt to silence protesters and prevent them organizing. After blocking Twitter and Facebook, the Egyptian government has turned to blocking BlackBerry internet service as well. While this hasn’t been confirmed by RIM yet, several users are reporting the outage.

We’ll update if this story gets confirmed.

RIM and China Mobile Launch BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS)

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Yesterday, RIM and China Mobile launched BlackBerry Internet Service for individual BlackBerry users. Starting this month, users can sign up at a China Mobile service center but will have to provide their own BlackBerry devices. Plans will cost from RMB 98 to 108 per month, offering 30MB and 50MB of data. Overage costs will be RMB 1/MB.

Any Chinese users/readers out there taking advantage of this?

BIS 3.2 Update Rumored to Hit Americas Weekend of October 16th

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BIS 3.2 is available in Asia Pacific and the EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) and rumor has it that the update will hit the Americas (North and South), during the weekend of October 16th. The update will include:

  • Google Mail Calendar Synchronization – Subscribers can perform two-way synchronization of Google calendar entries and entries in the calendar application on the BlackBerry smartphone.
  • Automatic Login Enhancements – The automatic login feature is now available to more subscribers. Subscribers who use a user name and password to access their BlackBerry Internet Service accounts no longer have to type their user name and password on their smartphones to manage their email addresses.
  • Show and Hide Password Option – Subscribers can choose to show or hide the passwords for all email addresses that need to be validated by clicking the Show password or Hide password options.
  • New Password Criteria – Newly created passwords for BlackBerry Internet Service accounts and BlackBerry email addresses must meet new criteria.
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    Rogers No Longer Accepting BIS Email Activations via Online Portal

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    Rogers sent out an email telling reps that beginning September 10th, new BlackBerry users will have to use their BlackBerry to register their BIS email and they’ll no longer be able to do so online via the web portal. Online BIS activation is still possible with other carriers such as Bell, but Rogers has decided to opt out. Rogers says that they have been receiving a high volume of password related support calls, and since the device doesn’t require the password, they’re cutting support costs. It’s likely that more carriers will follow suit.

    Here is the official email Rogers sent out:
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    Experiencing BIS Problems in Canada and North America?

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    There are reports that BIS users across Canada and the US are experiencing problems across all carriers with email, web browsing, Facebook, Twitter etc. So far there are no reports from the Michigan area, but Ohio and parts of Canada are reporting problems. RIM is attempting to fix the problem.

    Are you having issues? Let us know where, what and on which carrier.

    BIS 3.1 Features and Documentation Published by RIM

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    You have probably been enjoying the read/unread Gmail sync that comes with BIS 3.0 and everyone is looking forward to BIS 3.1. RIM has published the documentation for BIS 3.1, and the wireless contact sync features we can expect include:

    Wireless Contact Synchronization
    Two-way wireless synchronization with Alt-N MDaemon v11 via SyncML, Windows Live Hotmail and Yahoo! Mail contacts and the Address Book on the BlackBerry smartphone:

  • Synchronize contacts quickly and easily to the BlackBerry smartphone
  • Add or edit Contacts and the Contacts are automatically updated, whether they are updated on the computer or BlackBerry smartphone
    • Note: Wireless contact synchronization with Alt-N, Yahoo! Mail and Windows Live Hotmail occurs every four hours. This means that a delay of up to four hours may occur when making a change on the handheld or on the BlackBerry smartphone.

    Underneath these features in the notes section, RIM has included some very important exceptions to the above features including:

    • Yahoo! Mail Categories/ Windows Live Hotmail Contact Groups/ Alt-N Groups are not supported in this release. Category and/or Contact Group distribution lists will not be synchronized.
    • The use of wireless contact synchronization with Yahoo! Mail and/or Alt-N requires BlackBerry Device Software 5.0 or higher and a Yahoo! Mail and/or Alt-N integration with BlackBerry® Internet Service.
    • The use of wireless contact synchronization with Windows Live Hotmail requires BlackBerry Device Software 6.0 and a Windows Live Hotmail integration with BlackBerry Internet Service.

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