My Name is Robb… and I am a BlackBerry Addict.
I first started using BlackBerry devices almost exactly 1 year ago. I will never forget the day as it was the first day that the BlackBerry 7100t from T-Mobile was available in stores. I know many of you don’t care for the candybar style 71xx series BlackBerry devices, however, a BlackBerry that was closer to the size of a regular cell phone was exactly what I was looking for.
I was a diehard Pocket PC / Windows Mobile user before I got hooked on BlackBerry and had been carrying a Pocket PC device around with me for years. I never intended to become a “CrackBerry Addict”, as we are sometimes called. It just kind of happened. The only reason that I even bought a BlackBerry was because my previous cell phone had an unfortunate encounter with a concrete patio from about 20 feet above. I bought myself a BlackBerry 7100t because it was small, and because it had Bluetooth, which at the time I thought could be used with my iPaq to get it online. I was pretty upset when I found out that the Bluetooth on my BlackBerry was for headsets only and almost took the device back, however, for some reason I just couldn’t. I know now that addiction sets in almost immediately.
Within a few days of using the BlackBerry 7100t for personal email only, I started to see the power of the device. Even though the company that I work for didn’t have the 7100t on the list of approved models that they support on BES, I pulled a few strings to get mine hooked up. The days of coming into the office and having to weed through 30 to 40 emails were gone. No longer would I have to pull my laptop out in airports hoping that I could find a spot near an AC outlet. I often wondered how I ever got anything done before I had my BlackBerry 7100t.
After just three months of using a BlackBerry Berry, I removed my Pocket PC device that I had been carrying around with me in one model or another for the passed 5 years. It wasn’t that I didn’t still like my my iPaq 5555. I just didn’t use it enough to remember to recharge it every couple of days for when I did occasionally pull it out to play a game or listen to MP3s.
I’ve become so enamoured with my BlackBerry that I’ve created a website devoted to it. I spend countless hours researching and speculating where Research in Motion will go next. I have a regular 9 to 5 that has absolutely nothing to do with BlackBerry yet I find myself staying up till wee hours of the morning looking for new BlackBerry stuff to write about. Take this post for example. It is almost 1:00 a.m. in the morning, I have to catch a 7:00 a.m. flight, yet I am still up trying to feed my BlackBerry addiction.
Man, I’ve got it bad…