We told you earlier in the week that the UAE were looking into banning RIM’s BlackBerry smartphones, now Saudi Arabia has officially confirmed that all BlackBerry smartphones will be banned from August the 6th.
The ban has come about as RIM and local mobile phone carriers were unable to bring the BlackBerry devices in compliance with Saudi Arabia rules, and the Saudi Communications and Information Technology Commission has said that they have informed local carriers that they will need to terminate BlackBerry services within a couple of days.
Saudi Arabia and the UAE are some of the smaller markets for BlackBerry devices, although they are enough to have an impact, with around 500,000 BlackBerry users in the UAE and around 750,000 BlackBerry users in Saudi Arabia.
There have also been rumors that India is also about to ban BlackBerry devices, although this has yet to be confirmed.
via Ars Technica