Even after 4 months of LHC’s decision to ban blasphemous content on internet, Basic Internet Services on Blackberry devices are still un-available for customers, who are paying same charges as they used to before the ban.
Pakistan Telecom Authority has promised multiple times that they are in talks with Research in Motion, manufacturer of Blackberry Devices, to devise a way to block specific URLs on Blackberry services however, this hasn’t happened so far.
PTA, in response to customers’ complaints, is saying that internet browsing on Blackberry devices is not possible due to technical limitation on operators’ end.
In an interesting argument, PTA said that mobile operators are charging customers for email services and not for the internet browsing. It said the line rent doesn’t include charges for internet browsing facility and hence is provided for free.
If this is the case, Blackberry users can forget the restoration of internet browsing on their devices, as authority has decided that internet browsing on Blackberry is free and hence can not be questioned by the customers.
Following is one such letter sent by PTA to a customer against a complaint filed for un-availability of BIS services,