Saudi Arabia has joined the United Arab Emirates as the second country in the space of a week to ban Research In Motion Ltd’s Blackberry devices. Apparently the encryption method used by RIM protect customer data is enough to get the intrusive Kingdom of Saudi Arabia very upset so they decided to ban the devices all together.
The announcement came hours after RIM executives hosted an event in New York to drum up fanfare for the Canadian company’s latest smartphone, the BlackBerry Torch 9800. This ban is a major setback for cellphone network operators in the Kingdom who recently reported record profits in a booming market.
There are an estimated 750,000 Blackberry users in Saudi Arabia who will now have to use their smartphones as paperweights.