Ever since the past few months, the local government has disabled a number of services on Blackberry in Pakistan, I cant be specific on how they are blocking the services, but let me do a layman anaylsis. I share this more in terms of trying to figure out what ploy is being used and how to circumvent it
- Facebook App, you can download, install and run, you get the notifications but cannot browse the application, since it refuses to allow you to sign-in
- On the m.facebook.com site you can browse to the page, but during sign-in it does not go to the secure login server and immediately the browser times out.
- Browsing is very much limited seemingly we are being forced to use a non-secure WAP service and can only browse after we enter a particular APN settings / for my carrier it is "connect.mobilinkworld.com"
- Seemingly we are limited to GPRS, while the arm and a leg they charge for BIS is at best only limited to push email, quite a number of local users have moved to simple GPRS packages and get the same service.
- BBM services have not suffered
Since I want security, and relatively more control on how I use my Blackberry will moving to an internationally hosted BES service help achieve my security concerns aspect and also allow me to use any application of my choosing including Facebook application as well.