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The RIM Blackberry Outage that began in Europe and the Middle East has expanded to the US and Canada. We began noting problems with our Blackberries this morning around 7:15am. We will continue to monitor what is occuring and will add more to this article as we know more.
Here is the link to the RIM Status Site: www.rim.com/newsroom/service-update.shtml
Update - 10/12 @ 16:30 -- We are starting to see some email coming through our Blackberry Enterprise Server at Computing Center. Still not totally reliable.
Update - 10/12 @ 19:20 - Most local BlackBerry emails are now working. There are still some BlackBerry Messenger and browswer issues.
Update - 10/13 @ 10:00 - RIM reports that all Blackberry Services are back to normal and all backlogged emails have been delivered.
A few months ago, I got to try out WiFi aboard an airplane. For those of us who travel on the airlines, it used to be that for a few hours, we'd be completely out of touch, not connected. No more! On a flight from Dallas to Atlantaa while back, the aircraft had onboard WiFi installed. I HAD to try it. So for $9.99 to the "Gogo Service", here's what I learned.
In airplanes, the WiFi only works while the aircraft is in the air. We had a ground delay, and it did NOT work while we were on the ground.
- The transfer rate up and down is about 300kbits/second. Not fast by any means (your typical home broadband connection is over twice that speed), but it worked fine for email and basic web browsing.
- The Skype WiFi phone application access were thankfully turned off on this aircraft. There have been a few reports of users being able to make WiFi based phone calls from aircraft. Frankly, the last thing I want to do is listen to one-half of a phone conversation while tied to an airline seat.
- I happened to be using my new iPad at the time. It's a great device to use on an airplane, particularly in a coach seat. Battery life is excellent and it's much smaller than a laptop. There was no problem finding a comfortable viewing position for the iPad.