With todayâ€™s tragic news of the terrorist attack on Londonâ€™s transport system, subsequently putting the public transit system to a halt and jamming the cellular networks, we are yet again reminded how futile some things are. The same thing happened during the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers in New York. What came out during the 9/11 attacks is that the only communication device that seemed to still be working at capacity were the Blackberry devices on the Mobitex network. Mobitex is a data-only network so they werenâ€™t jammed with people trying to call. That is why RIM still sells the Blackberry 5790, because they are perfect for these sorts of emergency situations and they are a favorite of executives because they still work in the air on their private jet.
So hereâ€™s our list of advice
1. Invest in a Blackberry 5790 on the Mobitex network. They proved their reliability during 9/11 and can also be used in the air, have better coverage through buildings, and is data-only.
2. Send PIN 2 PIN messages instead of email or voice. PIN messages go directly through the Blackberry network and does route through the internet. So if thereâ€™s a catastrophic event and the internet is down, PIN messaging is your best bet. PIN messages is also typically smaller than email, so itâ€™ll keep the strain down on the network. Another benefit is that you will know when someone receives and reads your message which is not the case with email.
3. Keep your address book up-to-date with your contactâ€™s Blackberry PIN. This can be hard because some people switch Blackberrys several times a year but you will be glad you did if anything happens.
4. Send SMS to non-Blackberry users.
5. Send emails if you can not reach anyone by PIN or SMS messages. Email is still less bandwidth intensive than voice so you still have a good chance of your email going through.
If anyone has any further tips, please feel free to post. We shouldnâ€™t be ignorant about these things because it can and does happen. Even though chances are slim, itâ€™s in all our best interest to be ready.