Kuwait and Egypt next in line to take a pop at BlackBerry

Kuwait and Egypt are looking into reviewing Blackberry services in their countries, but unlike the UAE and Saudi Arabia Kuwait has said it will not ban the services.

Egypt has said it will look into a possible ban following fears of security. According to local Egyptian media, the National Telecommunication Regulatory Authority said: “The producer received all necessary approvals to sell the phones in Egypt, but this will not prevent the devices from being banned should they indeed pose a security threat.”

The final decision on any ban will only made after investigation, the reports said.

And it also seems Kuwait has security concerns over Blackberry services, which it is currently investigating.

According to a report in The Hindu,  the country cited concerns over the amount of pornography available through the service even though Blackberry maker Research in Motion (RIM) agreed to block 3,000 pornographic websites on users’ devices in the Gulf state at the end of the year.

However, the Kuwaiti government said that these concerns would not lead to a ban. telling the al-Jarida newspaper that “Blackberry services in Kuwait will not stop.”

Instead, the government said that it will look to “develop legal controls to ensure national safety as well as the rights of citizens and residents to use the services of the device.”

The moves by these countries follow a range of others revoking the brand. Earlier this week Saudi Arabia decided to join the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and forbid chat that wasn’t based in El Medina servers. At the time news service SPA said this was because the service “in its present state does not meet regulatory requirements.”