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UAE forbid net links to BlackBerry; BAN.

BLACKBERRY phone users in the United Arab Emirates were reeling last night when the government said it would stop them browsing the internet on the handsets.

The ban - which will also prevent customers accessing emails - starts in October.

It is thought the ultraconservative Emirates - which includes business centre Dubai - is singling out BlackBerry phones because the handsets can't be monitored by the government. Regulators say the devices operate outside the law, which raises "judicial, social and national security concerns for the UAE".

Saudi Arabia followed the announcement by saying it will block the BlackBerry services from this month.

It is unclear if the bans will also affect foreign visitors.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 2, 2010
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