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BlackBerry Service Goes Down

Shares of RIM fall 2%.
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Research In Motion


dropped 2% early Wednesday amid widespread reports that service has been interrupted for its ubiquitous BlackBerry email device.

That meant thousands of messages sent via the BlackBerry, sometimes referred to as "CrackBerry" because of its addictive qualities, were being left unsent and unread. At the end of the fiscal year, which wrapped up March 3, the total BlackBerry subscriber account base was roughly 8 million.

RIM didn't put out a press release discussing the outage, but it left a recorded message on its help line acknowledging the service problems.

The company doesn't know when service will be returned to normal,


reported. RIM was down $2.67 to $128.60 in premarket trading.