What would make today an even better one for Apple? Well, if one of its main rivals had a public relations disaster, that would help. Step forward RIM, which announced at about 10am U.K. time (5am Eastern) on Twitter that "some users in Europe, Middle East & Africa are experiencing issues with their BlackBerry service... We are investigating and apologise for any inconvenience." Nearly three hours later the company issued a statement saying: "Our apologies to any customers impacted by the BlackBerry service issue today. We can confirm that services have been restored and are now operating normally." RIM suffered a major service outage in October last year that severely dented its reputation and which appears to have contributed to its recent problems, so today's hitches are only likely to make things worse for the already beleaguered handset firm. (See RIM's Three-Day Service Disruption Spreads and More Job Cuts at RIM.)
If you needed proof that things were dire in Spain on the telecom front, here it is: Telecom revenues there fell 8.6 percent in the second quarter year-on-year, according to figures from national regulator CMT, cited by Telecompaper. More details can be found on CMT's blog (in Spanish).