Research in Motion's week hasn't been a good one so far. The Blackberry smartphone maker is once again experiencing outages in a number of countries for its Blackberry online services.
AllThingsD.com reports that the outages have been confirmed today for parts of Europe, Africa, countries in the Middle East, India, and South American countries like Brazil, Chile, and Argentina. People affected by the outages cannot send or receive email on their Blackberry phones nor can they use the Blackberry Messenger application or surf the Internet. The same online issues affected Blackberry users in some of the same areas of the world on Monday.
RIM sent out a statement admitting to the outages and added, "We are working to restore normal service as quickly as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused." The Guardian web site reports that the disruptions in service was believed to be caused by a database that was corrupted in its Slough, UK data center. RIM believed it fixed the problem on Monday but the same issue happened again today. The site now reports that the problems might not be solved until sometime on Wednesday morning.
These issues could not have come at a worse time for RIM which is already dealing with other problems, including losing market share for its Blackberry phones to rivals like devices based on Google's Android operating system and of course Apple's iPhone business.