Dubai Pearl preview postponed

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Dubai preview of BlackBerry Pearl 3G postponed in aftermath of services ban in two Gulf states

A Dubai preview of the new BlackBerry Pearl 3G has been postponed as Research In Motion (RIM) considers its future in the area after some services were banned by local regulators.

The preview event, scheduled to be held Wednesday at the Armani Hotel in Dubai, has been postponed until a later date.

Saudi Arabia and the UAE announced over the weekend that they were suspending some BlackBerry services, notably email, web and messenger, over concerns of their improper use by criminals.

Analysts said this will stop BlackBerry users in the Middle East accessing services fully, and cause RIM issues as concerned business users defect to other platforms to maintain productivity.

However, in a statement RIM said: “RIM respects both the regulatory requirements of government and the security and privacy needs of corporations and consumers.

“RIM assures its customers that it is committed to continue delivering highly secure and innovative products that satisfy the needs of both customers and governments.”

Meanwhile, RIM and SK Telecom have launched the first touchscreen BlackBerry smartphone for customers in South Korea, the Storm2.

The BlackBerry Storm2 will be available from select SK Telecom authorised retail channels in early August.

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