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Saudi firms in last-minute Blackberry talks

05 August 2010

Saudi telecom firms have are in talks with Research In Motion (RIM) in a bid to resolve the issues which led to a decision to suspend the Blackberry Messenger service in the kingdom from tomorrow, AFP has reported, citing an official from one of the kingdom's three telecom companies. "There are big hopes in convincing" BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM) "to provide Saudi Arabia with a local server," the official said, adding the three companies met RIM yesterday and that more meetings would follow. However, each of the three telecom providers has its own alternative plan in case negotiations with the Canadian maker of BlackBerry fail, he said, without elaborating.

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