Some BlackBerry users across the country have reported widespread outages affecting email and messaging.

According to the website, where smartphone users can report problems, the issues began around 9 a.m. ET. today. The outage appears not to be affecting users of BlackBerry 10.

The problem appears to be affecting customers of different carriers in several provinces, including Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba, B.C. and Nova Scotia.

One user, Sameer Hasham, said he had reached BlackBerry tech support, which confirmed that the outage was affecting all BB Services except for BlackBerry 10.

A BlackBerry 10 user confirmed that he or she was not having problems.

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  • 1. A failed transition from the corporate world into the consumer market

    Before users became accustomed to fast and unfettered mobile web access, wireless messaging on a BlackBerry was the ultimate in high-tech connectivity. The ability to send and receive email on the go and trade BlackBerry Messenger texts spawned the CrackBerry moniker, and everyone in the corporate world had a BlackBerry or lusted for one. But RIM failed to catch the wave of consumer smartphone adoption and its rudimentary support of multimedia and the mobile web eventually looked pathetic beside Apple's iPhone, Google Android phones and other devices. Only now with BlackBerry 10 does it appear that RIM has caught up to its rivals, but can it keep pace as Apple and Android continue to innovate?

  • 2. Too many phones

    Since its original release in 2007 only six versions of the iPhone have been produced. RIM, meanwhile, has flooded the market with dozens of BlackBerrys with consumer-unfriendly names and imperceptible differences. There have been Bolds, Curves, Pearls, Storms, Styles and the Torch, paired with four-digit product monikers like Bold 9900 that made little sense to consumers. Instead of focusing on perfecting just a few outstanding devices, RIM spread its attention across a multitude of phones, including some clunkers.

  • 3. The annoying spinning hour glass, battery pulls

    Somewhere along the line the BlackBerry went from being the phone everyone loved to the phone everyone loved to hate. As the functionality of BlackBerrys became more sophisticated, users got to know the infuriating hour glass icon, or clock symbol, which popped up (all too often) when the phone was getting bogged down. And many got in the habit of popping off the back lid to pull out the battery and restore their crashing BlackBerry to life. Of course, the process to then restart the BlackBerry took an eternity, or at least felt like it.

  • 4. Lacklustre web browsing

    Anyone with an older model knows that web browsing on a BlackBerry can be frustratingly futile. The BlackBerry 7 operating system did bring huge improvements to the web browser, which became embarrassingly inadequate in recent years as website design became more complex. Now, many popular websites won't even load on older BlackBerrys, leaving users to build a mental checklist of what sites they can actually visit on the go and which just won't work.

  • 5. No apps

    RIM's aggressive push urging developers to finally write apps for BlackBerrys is long, long overdue. RIM allowed Apple's App Store and the Google Play marketplace to develop huge leads over its own BlackBerry World before taking the app gap seriously. Many of the top-tier app and game developers are finally looking at the BlackBerry market but there are still notable omissions, including Netflix, Skype and Instagram.