Free apps offered to Blackberry owners for outage compensation

The outages that affected the online services of Blackberry phone users were a big black eye for Blackberry's owners Research in Motion. Today the company announced plans to offer a number of Blackberry apps and games available as free downloads as compensation for the downtime that affect some customers for as much as three days. The free apps will be made available via BlackBerry App World starting on Wednesday with new free apps released over the next four weeks. The apps will continue to be free to download until December 31.

The list of free apps and games includes the following with RIM promising even more will be revealed later:

• SIMS 3 - Electronic Arts
• Bejeweled - Electronic Arts
• N.O.V.A. - Gameloft
• Texas Hold’em Poker 2 - Gameloft
• Bubble Bash 2 - Gameloft
• Photo Editor Ultimate - Ice Cold Apps
• DriveSafe.ly Pro - iSpeech.org
• iSpeech Translator Pro - iSpeech.org
• Drive Safe.ly Enterprise - iSpeech.org
• Nobex Radio™ Premium - Nobex
• Shazam Encore - Shazam
• Vlingo Plus: Virtual Assistant - Vlingo

In addition to the free app downloads, Blackberry enterprise users will get one month of free technical support.  Users who already have a technical support contract will automatically get a one month extension for free while users without such a contract will be offered a one month free trial of Blackberry tech support.

Blackberry users around the world suffered through an outage of its online service last week which affected the email, text messaging and web browser features of the smartphone. Full service was restored by Thursday. RIM Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis said in a statement, "We have apologized to our customers and we will work tirelessly to restore their confidence.  We are taking immediate and aggressive steps to help prevent something like this from happening again."

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dumb question, but how do you get these? is there a download site? i dont see a "market" link on my phone to run... i have a BB at work but use android for my personal phone.

SirEvan said,
dumb question, but how do you get these? is there a download site? i dont see a "market" link on my phone to run... i have a BB at work but use android for my personal phone.

unlike Android, this one needs you to install an app called "Black Berry App World" using the desktop client.

After creating an account, activating it etc ... you get to use it as a "market" .

TheLeviathan said,

unlike Android, this one needs you to install an app called "Black Berry App World" using the desktop client.

After creating an account, activating it etc ... you get to use it as a "market" .

simular to itunes/iproducts? hmm :L

I was not affected by this issue yes... i do have a blackberry and i was not affected and now I get free stuff :] score.... PLUS for all your trolls >_> .... blackberry has around the same if not more amount of apps then android phones.

SPEhosting said,
I was not affected by this issue yes... i do have a blackberry and i was not affected and now I get free stuff :] score.... PLUS for all your trolls >_> .... blackberry has around the same if not more amount of apps then android phones.

Blackberry App World: 50,00 Apps
Android Market: 250,00 Apps

SPEhosting said,
PLUS for all your trolls >_> .... blackberry has around the same if not more amount of apps then android phones.

ummmm NO

chago12 said,

ummmm NO

ok maybe i was a lil off xD lol but they still have a fair amount, blackberry is more of a professional phone anyway, then a commercial (or atleast it was) so game/pointless apps are limited, but professional apps are numerous

I don't use a Blackberry, however I bet this won't make Blackberry users any less angry.

But I don't see what else Blackberry could do