Apple's largest competitor in the smartphone market, RIM, today experienced a data outage that spanned multiple carriers.
RIM said BlackBerry subscribers "may be unable to send or receive messages and may also be unable to "register their device, roam in another location, or use other services such as Internet browsing."
The outage began at roughly 3:30pm and affected all North American carriers, but not necessarily all Blackberry users. Voice and SMS was reportedly unaffected. At this time, RIM reports that service has been restored and an investigation into the outage is ongoing.
Today marks the second major BlackBerry-specific service outage since the iPhone launched in June 2007. While iPhones have occasionally been susceptible to EDGE service interruptions, there have yet to be any iPhone-specific outages.