UAE and Saudi Arabia unveil Blackberry restrictions

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Two Gulf states have announced bans on some functions of the Blackberry mobile phone, claiming security concerns.

The United Arab Emirates is to block sending e-mails, accessing the internet, and delivering instant messages to other Blackberry handsets.

Saudi Arabia is to prevent the use of the Blackberry-to-Blackberry instant messaging service.

Jim Crane, an expert on the Gulf states, discussed the background to the "spat".

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