The Curve is out, and the masses elated. There remains one subtle little conflict beneath it all, though. AT&T still has a vice-grip on the BlackBerry 8300 for the next 90 days, and plenty of Americans are on other carriers. With the iPhone around the corner, you’ll be seeing even longer carrier exclusivity. While this may all seem standard practice, is it good standard practice? When the bulk of sales tie customers down for two years, the system isn’t a short-term, limited monopoly either. So, BBCoolers far and wide, this week we ask: is a shiny new device enough to get you to jump ship from one carrier to another? Does hardware trump service, or is it worth the wait? Do you hold any loyalty to your carrier, or is all fair in love and the wireless industry?
We’ve got two weeks worth of winners to announce! Everyone who told us what was going on with last week’s Curve release will get a free game from Magmic, so shoot us an e-mail at info at blackberrycool. Back to Blacklash, our winner is Kyle S., who weighed in a broad variety of the costs of the BlackBerry lifestyle, and put the impetus on end-users to adapt to the technology we ask for. Kyle, contact us at your leisure to get your copy of Curse and Bass Assassin 2. Winners this week will get Magmic’s recently-release Deer Hunter 2. Just imagine you’re hunting a Curve.