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BlackBerry service out in North America

Disruption affecting all wireless carriers
BlackBerry smart phones have lost service across the United States, wireless carriers said Monday.

In a statement, AT&T spokesman Fletcher Cook said the disruption is affecting all wireless carriers. Cook said the company first learned about the problem from BlackBerry maker Research in Motion about 3:30 p.m. EST.

There was no word on the cause or how widespread the outage was. And some users reported being able to access their service Monday afternoon.

"This is not an issue with AT&T's wireless network," Cook said. "Customers could experience difficulties using their BlackBerry devices. RIM has not given us an estimated time of when this problem would be fixed." 

Verizon Wireless spokeswoman Brenda Raney said RIM also confirmed the outage to the company.

Research in Motion did not immediately return a phone call.

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