Apparently, the powers that be were not happy that they couldn't monitor how people were using their devices. Their solution? A ban, which not only includes BlackBerry devices themselves, but encompasses Internet, email, and instant messaging capabilities on the smartphones beginning in October. According to the BBC, the ban could be a way of pressuring RIM to release users' communication data "when necessary." So far, no news of any intended changes from RIM.
Miranda Hobbes wouldn't have made it a day in Abu Dhabi without her precious BlackBerry — and if Carrie couldn't have used hers to call home, who knows how the Aidan "situation" would have ended!