Today is the second day in a row that Blackberry users have suffered outages. And today's outage included South America and India. According to The Guardian, this was the result of a corruption in the database and the failure to switch over to a backup system.
Now, with totalitarian governments, some more than others, asking for access to RIM's servers in the name of fighting crimes, does it even make sense to use Blackberry's proprietary system any longer and, thus, avoid these kinds of network fails?
Of course, if you don't use RIM's messaging services, you're forced to use others which could also be plagued by similar issues. However, the difference here is that people pay to use the Blackberry messaging services while others are free.
Sure, in the past, RIM can claim to have better security but what does that security really mean when governments can gain access to them.
And if that's the case, why pay RIM at all for a service that is no longer secured and has show that it is prone to service disruptions?
Regardless, RIM can no longer rely on crackberries. There is too much competition in the mobile realm now. They need to find other ways, innovate in new directions, to get mobile warriors to buy Blackberries again.