BlackBerry Service Down in US and Canada

Device-maker can't explain loss of email and web services
By Zach Samalin,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 11, 2008 6:45 PM CST
A new Blackberry phone is seen at the Mobile World Congress, in Barcelona, Spain, Monday, Feb. 11, 2008. Blackberry owners in the US and Canada experienced a service disruption today that kept them from...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Blackberry's wireless service is down across the US and Canada today, PC World reports. Blackberry-maker Research in Motion, at a loss to explain the outage, first reported it at 3:30 p.m. EST and called the outage "ongoing." Only half of Blackberries are currently without email, RIM added.

A software upgrade last weekend temporarily disrupted Blackberry service, and an outage last April left web-deprived customers upset with RIM's slow response time. But RIM has not indicated that there's any connection between the three blackouts.