Weekend Contest: Leaks, lies, and speculation

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Hearsay is just one of the things that fuel BlackBerry Cool (we’re not sure you want to know what else does). Rumours and the like can do a lot of things and unfortunately for us, one of those things is cause ruckuses and comment wars – and we’re sort of okay with that. Boy Genius, anonymous emails, and even yours truly are all culprits of spreading hope only to snatch it right back with little to no remorse. With all of the Cingular nonsense that’s happened amongst other “leaks” we’ve received, we decided to base our weekend contest around it.

This week we ask you: do you base your wireless purchases on speculation? Do you get caught up in the hype? Do you want to be one of those early-adopters who either furthers or disspells rumours? Or do you wait it out until the facts are known and then you can make an informed decision. As much as I’d like to think I’m a smart-buyer, I can’t help buy get sucked in by hype (who else remembers the Sega Saturn?). The best response for this week will receive three games from BlackBerry game haven Magmic. Enjoy your weekend.

  • Krad

    I personally research as much as possible before purchasing any electronic devices. I also know exactly what I like. I fell in love with the candybar blackberry form of the 7100 and was super excited when the pearl came out. I am not one of those people who will run and get the qwerty version coming out later this year. Hype is awesome. It gets you excited about something that is going to be so lame in 3 months. Makes me smile.

    btw… Magmic rules. Not only are they like the only game company for blackberries, imho i think they are better then ea. Way to kick ass!

    no brown nosing here. I already won a contest and got three of their games. I know i won’t be winning this one.

  • Krad

    I personally research as much as possible before purchasing any electronic devices. I also know exactly what I like. I fell in love with the candybar blackberry form of the 7100 and was super excited when the pearl came out. I am not one of those people who will run and get the qwerty version coming out later this year. Hype is awesome. It gets you excited about something that is going to be so lame in 3 months. Makes me smile.

    btw… Magmic rules. Not only are they like the only game company for blackberries, imho i think they are better then ea. Way to kick ass!

    no brown nosing here. I already won a contest and got three of their games. I know i won’t be winning this one.

  • Kyle Simmons

    As a 17 year old BlackBerry user and gamer who attends an American Public High School, you can bet that I hear a lot of rumors. So after hearing rumors about every facet of life, I’ve become quite discerning about the rumors I listen to when it comes to wireless phones. For me, it’s all about the source and how credible (or not) it is. I have been using a T-Mobile BlackBerry Pearl for a little over a week now since I upgraded from a 7100. I followed the progress of the Pearl in general since I first heard of it and saw a leaked picture of it in August. This picture, along with T-Mobile corporate documents detailing it’s release date did indeed sway me to abandon looking at the Sidekick 3 or SDA as my next phone. But after getting my pearl for my birthday last week, it was interesting to see all of the random speculation from Cingular reps and customers about when they would get theirs. However, had I been a Cingular customer, I would have deferred to the official exclusivity agreement between RIM and T-Mobile concerning the Pearl.T-Mobile’s exclusivity ended December 1st and since most reports of legitimately purchased Pearls online did not come until the night of November 30th, most people did not get one until the 1st even with overnight shipping. For once, corporate America knows best.

  • Kyle Simmons

    As a 17 year old BlackBerry user and gamer who attends an American Public High School, you can bet that I hear a lot of rumors. So after hearing rumors about every facet of life, I’ve become quite discerning about the rumors I listen to when it comes to wireless phones. For me, it’s all about the source and how credible (or not) it is. I have been using a T-Mobile BlackBerry Pearl for a little over a week now since I upgraded from a 7100. I followed the progress of the Pearl in general since I first heard of it and saw a leaked picture of it in August. This picture, along with T-Mobile corporate documents detailing it’s release date did indeed sway me to abandon looking at the Sidekick 3 or SDA as my next phone. But after getting my pearl for my birthday last week, it was interesting to see all of the random speculation from Cingular reps and customers about when they would get theirs. However, had I been a Cingular customer, I would have deferred to the official exclusivity agreement between RIM and T-Mobile concerning the Pearl.T-Mobile’s exclusivity ended December 1st and since most reports of legitimately purchased Pearls online did not come until the night of November 30th, most people did not get one until the 1st even with overnight shipping. For once, corporate America knows best.

  • J

    Do we get caught up in the hype? I think the fact that we’re constantly checking this site (as well as Boy Genius, RIMarkable, BBHub, etc.) means that we all can’t deny that, yes, we do.

    And what better hype to get caught up in than Blackberry hype?

    As much as anyone reading this site would like to base all their wireless purchases on the cold, hard facts of a device, the wireless industry is a prime example of the “grass is greener” ideology that is prevalent in electronics (whether it’s televisions, computers, etc.).

    How many of us have said something along these lines… “My ___(fill in device)___ does everything I want it to EXCEPT… Maybe I’ll give this other one a try, it might do it all.”

    And, of course, it never does quite “do it all”, does it?

    As far as the Cingular thing goes, it’s really pretty funny when you think about it. They completely bungled the launch of what may turn into their best holiday seller (it should if they can meet the demand) BUT all the internet gossip and rumors did nothing but keep people’s interest focused on it just a little bit longer until they finally did launch the Pearl. In effect, we lessened the effect of their screwups by keeping the juice on.

    I picked up my Pearl on December 1st from Cingular and am loving every minute of it and will continue to do so…

    ..that is, until I get some Indigo or Crimson love :)

  • J

    Do we get caught up in the hype? I think the fact that we’re constantly checking this site (as well as Boy Genius, RIMarkable, BBHub, etc.) means that we all can’t deny that, yes, we do.

    And what better hype to get caught up in than Blackberry hype?

    As much as anyone reading this site would like to base all their wireless purchases on the cold, hard facts of a device, the wireless industry is a prime example of the “grass is greener” ideology that is prevalent in electronics (whether it’s televisions, computers, etc.).

    How many of us have said something along these lines… “My ___(fill in device)___ does everything I want it to EXCEPT… Maybe I’ll give this other one a try, it might do it all.”

    And, of course, it never does quite “do it all”, does it?

    As far as the Cingular thing goes, it’s really pretty funny when you think about it. They completely bungled the launch of what may turn into their best holiday seller (it should if they can meet the demand) BUT all the internet gossip and rumors did nothing but keep people’s interest focused on it just a little bit longer until they finally did launch the Pearl. In effect, we lessened the effect of their screwups by keeping the juice on.

    I picked up my Pearl on December 1st from Cingular and am loving every minute of it and will continue to do so…

    ..that is, until I get some Indigo or Crimson love :)

  • Kyle Simmons

    I am really happy to hear that I won, but how do I claim my prize?

  • Kyle Simmons

    I am really happy to hear that I won, but how do I claim my prize?

  • Kyle Simmons

    I am really happy to hear that I won, but how do I claim my prize?

  • Kyle Simmons

    Could I claim the games by saying that I would like Stratego, Destroy All Humans 2, and Mahjong Solitaire for the Blackberry Pearl?

  • Kyle Simmons

    Could I claim the games by saying that I would like Stratego, Destroy All Humans 2, and Mahjong Solitaire for the Blackberry Pearl?