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Mystery surrounds a huge BlackBerry outage in the northern hemisphere with manufacturer RIM failing to make the cause of the problem public to users, which include many businesses who rely on the service.
The outages are likely to cause particular concern in New Zealand as it appears the BlackBerry may be the sole approved handset for a forthcoming all-of-government mobile contract.
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Research in Motion, which has been losing ground to Apple, Google and even Microsoft in the mobile market, announced Monday it is cutting 2,000 jobs, or about 11% of its workforce.
Research in Motion (RIM) has been announced as one of the official sponsors for the Rugby World Cup. The BackBerry will also be the official handheld mobile device of the event in New Zealand.
“Rugby World Cup 2011 is an eagerly anticipated event in the Southern Hemisphere and it will be a very exciting time for rugby supporters and the people of the region. At RIM ANZ we really wanted to join the RWC 2011 team and get behind the people of New Zealand, the hosts of this global event,” says Adele Beachley, managing director ANZ for RIM.
“Our innovative BlackBerry smartphones and BlackBerry apps will allow RWC 2011 officials, referees and fans worldwide to communicate instantly and stay up to date with the rugby games in New Zealand. I’m sure there will be much banter being exchanged between fans using BlackBerry devices all over the world,” she adds.