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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (


) -- The United Arab Emirates confirmed Friday that BlackBerry services are now "compliant" and won't be suspended this month.

The U.A.E's Telecommunications Regulatory Authority said in a statement that "all Blackberry services in the U.A.E will continue to operate as normal and no suspension of service will occur on October 11, 2010."

BlackBerry smartphones are made by

Research In Motion



U.A.E. authorities had threatened to shut off BlackBerry messaging, e-mail and Web browsing services partly because of security concerns. It would have affected 500,000 users locally and any outsiders using the smartphones in Dubai, according to the

Associated Press


It wasn't clear if the reprieve for RIM was permanent.

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