Blackberry Maker Offering Free Apps After Recent Service Outages

October 17, 2011 Updated Oct 17, 2011 at 4:26 PM EDT

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Blackberry Maker Offering Free Apps After Recent Service Outages

October 17, 2011 Updated Oct 17, 2011 at 4:26 PM EDT

In a news release Monday, Blackberry maker Research in Motion announced that a selection of premium apps worth a total value of more than $100 will be offered free of charge to subscribers as an expression of appreciation for their patience during the recent service disruptions.

The apps will be made available to customers over the coming weeks on BlackBerry App World and will continue to be available until December 31, 2011.

“Our global network supports the communications needs of more than 70 million customers,” said RIM Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis. “We truly appreciate and value our relationship with our customers.  We’ve worked hard to earn their trust over the past 12 years, and we’re committed to providing the high standard of reliability they expect, today and in the future.”

The complete selection of premium apps will become available to download at BlackBerry App World over a period of four weeks beginning Wednesday, October 19th.

RIM’s enterprise customers will also be offered one month of free Technical Support.  Current customers will be offered a complimentary one month extension of their existing Technical Support contract, and customers who do not currently have a Technical Support contract will be offered a one month trial of RIM’s BlackBerry Technical Support Services - Enhanced Support, free of charge.  Additional details about the program and information about how to register will be available at www.blackberry.com/enterpriseoffer.

“We are grateful to our loyal BlackBerry customers for their patience,” added Lazaridis. “We have apologized to our customers and we will work tirelessly to restore their confidence.  We are taking immediate and aggressive steps to help prevent something like this from happening again.”

Read the entire Research in Motion news release HERE.