BlackBerry service failure hits Europe one year after major outage

RIM apologizes, says it's working on a fix

Research in Motion's BlackBerry users in Europe, the Middle East and Africa are experiencing service problems today, and RIM said in a statement that it is working to resolve the problem.

RIM apologized, but didn't have information on when the problems might be resolved.

The problem has left thousands of BlackBerry users without access to email or BlackBerry Messenger, according to the Inquirer in the UK.

The problem developed a year after Blackberry outages were felt on several continents. It also occurred on the same day that Apple's new iPhone 5 goes on sale.

More to come.

Matt Hamblen covers mobile and wireless, smartphones and other handhelds, and wireless networking for Computerworld. Follow Matt on Twitter at @matthamblen or subscribe to Matt's RSS feed. His email address is mhamblen@computerworld.com.

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