RIM's Mike Lazaridis apologizes, spends $100 on every BlackBerry user for outages


If you still own a BlackBerry device, then you probably experienced the four-day absence of all BlackBerry services last week. Fortunately, they're all back up now, but only after RIM founder Mike Lazaridis released a quite somber apology video (above.) 

Feeling that the video wasn't enough, Mike and the rest of the RIM team decided to spend some money on every BlackBerry user affected (which, really, is every BlackBerry user) by giving away $100 in the following apps:

  • SIMS 3 – EA
  • Bejeweled – EA
  • N.O.V.A. – Gameloft
  • Texas Hold'em Poker 2 – Gameloft
  • Bubble Bash 2 – Gameloft
  • Photo Editor Ultimate – Ice Cold Apps
  • Pro –
  • iSpeech Translator Pro –
  • Drive Enterprise –
  • Nobex Radio™ Premium – Nobex
  • Shazam Encore – Shazam
  • Vlingo Plus: Virtual Assistant – Vlingo

I would make a joke here about how RIM might only be spending $300 in total on apps for its users, but I feel so bad for all of its problems lately that I think I'm just going to leave it alone.

Were you affected by the outages?

[Engadget | Anythingbutiphone]
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  • Yes, very much affected…was at an off-site conference for my company most of last week.

    Was receiving emails OK and sending emails seemed to be OK, but then I noticed about an hour later that there were little red x’s in front of the email I’d sent out. So, selected email and clicked ‘resend’ on them, they appeared to be sent out, but then an hour later, checked and saw red x’s again…so, resent, and then…well, you get the idea….

    Was very frustrating, not knowing why I was having issue…and knowing that people who needed to hear back from me weren’t getting my replies…finally, late in the day, got the BlackBerry outage message and understood what was happening, although it didn’t help my situation….

    Great, that RIM wants to make amends, but since BB belongs to my company, I doubt that I’ll see those goodies listed…. ;(


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