“Crackberry” Outage of April 18, 2007

by Jim Black

Because the blackberry outage leaves millions without email, could this be the day that some break their crackberry habit?   I am not saying you will break the habitual email and net habit, I’m suggesting you make the move away from the Blackberry.  I am addicted to my PDA’s, but I don’t use a crackberry.

First lets put into perspective of how addicted I am. I carry a Motorola Q on Sprint AND an 8525 on ATT.  Why do I carry two devices?  Because I liked the voice plans on Cingular but the data is better on Sprint.  (I have now changed to voice on Sprint because the dropped calls got out of hand). I realize that I check my email and call page way too much, but I’m trying to cut back.

To be honest, I sometimes feel left out because I don’t have the cool games that other crackberry users have.  For example, all I have is bubble breaker and I don’t think it’s the same. That being said, I find Windows Mobile more reliable and it can be used with various Pocket PCs, Smartphones, and Portable Media Centers. In addition, Windows Mobile does not rely on a lone email provider like blackberry.

Given the recent outage, my questions are:

  • How much productivity will be lost on this business day?
  • Will this be the end of RIMM?
  • Will Motorola Q and the Samsung BlackJack be more popular now?
  • Will there be less accidents on the road today because people are not typing and driving?

For those of you who rely on their handheld device, this is a catastrophic event. I’m not saying kick the habit, but kick the crackberry -- problem solved!

 

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