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Open Thread: Whither Blackberry? What's your fallback plan?

BlackBerry shutdown closer after ruling - U.S. Business - MSNBC.com

RICHMOND, Va. - A federal judge has rejected an effort by BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd. to settle a patent case and moved a step closer to reissuing an injunction that threatens the device’s e-mail service in the United States.

RIM said in a statement that it has been preparing technology that would keep its service running in the U.S., where most of its 3.65 million BlackBerry customers are based.

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Damn, this could be pretty big stuff, eh?

I'm guessing at least a few of you out there are rabid Blackberry users -- I've never even used one myself, but I have friends who live on theirs. So, I'm curious: How do you feel about the possibility of losing Blackberry service? If it went away today, what would you use instead? Do you have a fallback plan?

Kevin Meyers's picture

Used the right way, I...

Used the right way, I have actually had a great time of integrating my BlackBerry into my personal GTD system. When I joined the GTD love train a few months ago, I considered buying a Treo, because, well, The David seems to be pimping Palm on every other page. And it felt weird to carry around a BlackBerry AND a cell phone -- I'd much rather just carry one electronic "box" around.

My job provided me with a BlackBerry, though, and to save some dough, I implemented the officially santioned "How to use Outlook for GTD" methods described on David Allen's web site, and when I enter Next Action Items on my Blackberry, I make sure they're preceded by "@Office" or "@Home" or whatever. I find it works great.

I still hate carrying it around on weekends, though, and I've been tempted to start working with a Hipster PDA, so I'm not barraged with work e-mails on a Saturday afternoon.




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