BlackBerry set to offer free apps for outage

Story highlights

  • BlackBerry users are being offered free apps after worldwide outage
  • No cash back or service credit is being offered so far
  • More than $100 in apps will be available between Wednesday and end of the year
Starting Wednesday, BlackBerry maker Research In Motion will make available the first of a dozen apps free to customers slammed by last week's global outage.
The apps,which would cost about $100 on the BlackBerry App World site, will be rolled out over the next few weeks.
An October 10 failure at a data center caused outages in Europe and elsewhere, RIM said.
RIM throttled service to help address the outage, which spread over the next few days to Europe, the Middle East, India, Africa, Latin America and North America.
Full service was restored on Thursday, according to the company.
The company is offering the apps, not cash, as payback for the inconvenience that customers endured.
The free apps include:
* SIMS 3
* Bejeweled
* N.O.V.A.
* Texas Hold'em Poker 2
* Bubble Bash 2
* Photo Editor Ultimate - Ice Cold Apps
* DriveSafe.ly Pro
* Drive Safe.ly Enterprise
* Nobex Radio™ Premium
* Shazam Encore
* Vlingo Plus: Virtual Assistant
More apps will be added later, according to the statement. The first ones will become available on Wednesday and they'll stay free for the rest of the year.
Business customers also will be offered a free month of technical support.