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RIM Hands Out Free Apps as Compensation for BlackBerry Outage

Last week wasn’t a good time to be a BlackBerry owner. A server outage meant that BlackBerry users all over the world were without BlackBerry Messenger, email, and internet access for over three days, and RIM’s co-CEO Mike Lazaridis even released a video apologizing to BlackBerry users for the issues.

In order to compensate its users, RIM is giving away a bunch of premiums BlackBerry applications worth $100, including top games like SIMS 3 and Bejeweled, in addition to useful software such as Photo Editor Ultimate and iSpeech Translator Pro.

The applications will be available to download from the BlackBerry App World from October 19 to December 31, 2011, and if you’re a business customer, you’ll get even more compensation for your troubles. Those who use BlackBerry devices for business are seen to be the worst affected by the outage, and so RIM is offering those customers a month of free technical support.

Lazaridis reiterated RIM’s commitment to its BlackBerry customers, and said that it is grateful for their patience:

“We’ve worked hard to earn their trust over the past 12 years, and we’re committed to providing the high standard of reliability they expect, today and in the future.

“We are grateful to our loyal BlackBerry customers for their patience.

“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.”

The complete list of free applications available includes:

  • 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
  • Pro –
  • iSpeech Translator Pro –
  • Drive Enterprise –
  • Nobex Radio™ Premium – Nobex
  • Shazam Encore – Shazam
  • Vlingo Plus: Virtual Assistant – Vlingo
RIM promises more applications will be added to this list before the offer ends at the end of this year.

If you’re a BlackBerry users, will $100 worth of free applications keep you happy, or are you convinced that it’s time to switch?

[via TechRadar]

Killian Bell

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