Burqas for phones: Saudi Arabia and UAE Requires Face Veil and Burqa for Blackberries

Are you serious?

What if my Blackberry is a boy? Photo from NewsBisuit

According to prelim reports from “News Biscuit,” the UAE will require people with Blackberries to dress their phones in mini Burqas and face veils so they can ONLY use them to talk but not access Internet or email. The burqas will also draw less attention to Blackberry users and protect them from possible harassment.

Reports show that the Blackberry has been banned for use in the UAE because the government cannot monitor its activity. This ban will affect travelers and businessmen coming through the country as well.

This was the best quote from the News Biscuit report:

‘This is not about censorship or oppression,’ said UAE telecommunications regulator Mohammed al-Ghanem, ‘this is about preserving the essential purity of the Blackberry and protecting it from being corrupted.’

So according to the UAE, the purity of the Blackberry is in its ability to be a simple phone. I bet if you polled Blackberry users, a significant number of people would say they use it for email, texting and BBMing. Heck, I have an LG and I rarely use it as a “phone.”

Still waiting to see other reports on the issue, but whether they wear burqas or not, the Blackberry is under attack in the UAE and Saudi Arabia.


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