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Blackberry VoIP telephone service and data transmitting under scrutiny in India

Indian BlackBerry customers are in general turmoil, after government appeared to threat to block IP data services due to security concerns, although officials claims it is necessary in the ongoing fight against extremism.
The Web-enabled smartphones have become a regular device standard in big cities like New Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore, as a sign of stylish appearance for anyone from a college student to corporate executives, using VoIP enabled telephone services of Skype and Internet browsing.

Indian government forwarded an ultimatum to the BlackBerry's Canadian maker, Research In Motion (RIM), until the end of August to allow security agencies access to its encrypted mail and messaging services or have them blocked. India's tough gesture to RIM is motivated by suspicion, that the massively encrypted services could be used by militants.

As it is reported by governmental officials, these 10 Islamist extremists who attacked Mumbai in November 2008, when 166 people lost their life, used satellite phones and VoIP telephone services to communicate with their Pakistani handlers, as per investigation found.
"I am in denial to be honest," said Siddhartha Butalia, a 25-year-old senior product designer in New Delhi. "It's ridiculous how anyone can block a phone service. BlackBerry is the least of the government's problems."

"I am really upset," added businessman Ambuj Nautiyal "I just got the latest BlackBerry and if it gets blocked, it'll be useless to me.

BlackBerry appliances, which are being sold from about 14 000 rupees ($300), and other smartphones have become a preferred way of communications among business people and the upper echelons of Indian society. However, some users said that a block on services would be justified "Commercial interests cannot override national interests," said Vipul Modi, a high court lawyer in Mumbai. "The government must have the right to what it seeks. BlackBerry can surely find other ways of retaining its commercial edge in India."

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