“RIM’s BlackBerry e-mail service was offline earlier today for users across the Europe, Middle East, Africa,” Lance Whitney reports for CNET.

“But service has since been restored, according to the company,” Whitney reports. “Research In Motion confirmed the outage in a tweet earlier today and said that services should now be up and running again.”

Whitney reports, “The outage came at the worst possible time — Apple’s new iPhone goes on sale today. RIM has been struggling to win back part of the healthy market share it once owned… This was also the latest in a line of BlackBerry outages. Almost a year ago, more than 10 million BlackBerry customers in Europe and other parts of the world were hit by a outage that lasted several days. Other BlackBerry outages have occurred over the years, including one in 2008, one in 2007, and another in 2006.”

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MacDailyNews Take: DCW’s timing is impeccable.

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