RIM and its customers are having a terrible week. For the past few days, major service outages have ravaged Europe, Asia, and parts of Africa. Last night came word that parts of South America were now being affected, so this morning's news that North America is losing service as well should not be a surprise. RIM had said mid-Tuesday that service was up and running and back to normal, but later said it was still working on the problem. There is currently no specific information on specific affected areas.
It is now unclear what the current extent of the problem is, and when services will return to normal.