To try to compensate and say sorry for the bad service to it’s users last week Blackberry has announced that it will give away a dozen apps for free.Classic games such as Bejeweled and The Sims are being offered free to Blackberry owners. The games, plus personal productivity tools and utilities, are an attempt at compensation for the three day global blackout.
A faulty switch at a data centre in Slough left millions around the world unable to use messaging and web browsing services on their handsets for three days.
In a statement announcing the giveaway, Mike Laziridis, chief of Blackberry owner Research in Motion, apologised again for the three day service stoppage.
“We are grateful to our loyal Blackberry customers for their patience,” he said. “We are taking immediate and aggressive steps to help prevent something like this from happening again.”
In total, 12 apps are being offered to customers and RIM said more would be made available in the coming weeks.
As well as games such as Texas Hold’em Poker and Bubble Bash 2, users can get Photo Editor Ultimate and DriveSafe.ly pro.
The programs, which Blackberry claims are worth more than £66, will be free until 31 December 2011.
The software is available via the Blackberry App World store.
RIM faced serious criticism over the stoppage. Thousands of people turned to Twitter and other social media networks to express their poor opinion of the company and its stuttering efforts to fix the problems.
Business customers are being offered a free month of technical support. Those who already have a support contract will be offered a month of Blackberry’s enhanced support service.
Mobile operators are also mulling compensation packages for customers. Spanish telecoms firm Telefonica, which owns the UK’s O2, said it would offer a package to customers but it is not clear what form it will take.