Electronics retailers in the UAE have been told to stop activating new BlackBerry subscriptions following the announcement that some of the smartphone’s services will be banned from October 11, Arabian Business has learnt.

“We’ve been asked to stop activating new subscriptions,” Ashish Panjabi, chief operating officer at Jacky’s Electronics, which operators 12 stores in the UAE, told Arabian Business.

On Sunday, the UAE's Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) confirmed that some BlackBerry services will be suspended from October 11, as they contravene the emirate’s telecommunications regulations. However, retailers were not informed of the decision before Sunday’s announcement.