Well that didn't last long.

If you live or work in Saudi Arabia and were about to put your BlackBerry on eBay because you thought you weren't able to use the handset in the country after authorities placed a ban on the service, then stop, cancel the auction, because it looks like the ban might be lifted.

The BBC is reporting that all services are up and running, based on the experiences of the Beebs own Dubai based reporter, Ben Thompson, in Dubai.

"Services are up and running again across the country," he confirmed.

However a later article filed over at Bloomberg paints a different story suggesting that talks are still going on as to whether or not the service will be able to be resumed in the Kingdom.

"Research In Motion and three Saudi Arabian phone companies are in talks to avert a ban on BlackBerry services in the country,"

The talks come after the government imposed a deadline of Friday to shut off its messaging service over security concerns and RIMs decision not to share with the government the ability to snoop on devices that are using the RIM's email and messaging service.

"The maker of BlackBerry smartphones and the three carriers are making progress in the talks as they seek a solution acceptable to authorities, the people said. The carriers kept the BlackBerry Messenger service working yesterday as discussions continued, said the people who asked not to be identified since the talks weren’t finished," Bloomberg is reporting.

Meanwhile those worried that the ban will stick are trying to offload their BlackBerry device at rock bottom prices PA is reporting.

"Saudis have been trying to sell their BlackBerrys at rock-bottom prices before the ban on the smartphone's messenger service in the kingdom."

It's reporting that: "Canadian officials were in talks with the BlackBerry's Canada-based maker Research in Motion and Saudi officials in a bid to avert the ban, Canadian international trade minister Peter Van Loan said."