While having your emails and messages pass through BlackBerry’s servers are a good thing, especially if their servers are secure, it also means that you will need to rely on BlackBerry keeping their servers up and running, and as we have seen in the past, once the servers go down, features of the phone and operating system are pretty much moot. Thanks to several BBM outages in the past month, it seems that Indonesia’s government is not too pleased with BlackBerry and the country’s telecoms regulator has had enough and are now proposing that BlackBerry be fined $0.10 per subscriber, if the service is out for more than four hours.
As it stands there are about 15 million BlackBerry subscribers in Indonesia and if you do the math, it means that BlackBerry would have to fork out about $1.5 million in a fine. The proposal is suggesting that the fine not be paid out in cash, but rather refunded to Indonesian customers in terms of phone credit. There are some who are criticizing the government for this aggressive stance, saying that the government is only acting this way due to BlackBerry not providing them with local servers which are said to be used to help monitor criminal activity.