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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?

Micah Monroe's picture

I am on an IT...

I am on an IT staff that all use BB's, and although we have a handful of SmartPhone users (who needed PDF viewing capabilities), most staff in our offices use BB's. I happen to hate them. The redirection and syncing capabilities have our more impatient users always complaining and we have been burned as a group by high profile (should read:shareholders) user issues. I only use mine for email redirection and cell phone. I never run a hard sync or incorporate it into my GTD system. We are an all Microsoft shop, with a managerial bias against Linux. I will shed no tears if my BB turns into a paperweight...

I personally wish that Apple would get back into the PDA business. How big could my next actions list be on an 80 gig iPod?

But to answer the question, I will just use paper. The users have come to expect that I will show up at their desk with a stack of index cards anyway.




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