Thank goodness for wireless internet. We’re currently sitting outside of our local authorized Rogers dealer, sitting in a fold-out deck chair and awaiting the release of the BlackBerry Pearl up here in Canada. Thought there’d be a bigger line. Hmm. Question is, folks, are we kidding or not?
Digressions aside, we originally had dates for late October, now news from the Globe and Mail says that the Pearl is headed for Canadian land next week. And it seems our pal Jim, who’s been extremely busy, may be getting a little aggitated.
“I’m not supposed to preannounce another carrier’s launch plans next week, but I don’t think these things will be very long,” Jim Balsillie, RIM’s chairman and co-chief executive officer, said yesterday. “Heaven forbid that September should end without these things being announced.”
So there’s news for Canada, but I suppose it’s already been a week since the Pearl climbed off the Mayflower down South, so state-side readers: thoughts from the week later? Have you picked up the Pearl? Waiting? Don’t want? Don’t care?
And just because he’s our favourite, another quote from the same press conference (this one’s from a different article) from Mr. Balsillie:
Quarterly results come out next Thursday, but again Balsillie didn’t say much. “Yeah, um, … actually I can’t talk before they’re released unless you promise to come and visit me in jail,” he quipped.