BlackBerry outage sparks outrage, jokes from smartphone users

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  1. On the same day the iPhone 5 went on sale, BlackBerry-maker RIM had service outages in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The outage affected BlackBerry Messenger, email and internet service. RIM tweeted about the disruption, and service resumed after a few hours, but it did the beleaguered company no favours.
  2. Reaction on Twitter was harsh.
  3. The outage also prompted fruit jokes as both Apple and Blackberry trended on Twitter.
  4. Some saw evidence of a conspiracy.
  5. Others made still more jokes.