It has not been the best week to be a North American BlackBerry user. While we (in the form of America first, then Canada shortly after) usually get the best RIM devices first, this past week saw not one, but two separate launches of slick BlackBerry handsets in Europe rather than our side of the pond: the BlackBerry 8820 in the UK, and the BlackBerry 8310 in Germany. Sure, some may say that these are just updated versions of devices we already have — and that AT&T is hopefully getting the 8820 soon — but this means that our esteemed friends in Europe have been first to receive both the only relevant Wi-Fi BlackBerry, and the only 3G GSM BlackBerry (something that still burns our Rogers using hearts to this day).
So break it down for us, trusted reader: why is RIM showing Europe so much love? Do they feel the need to compete in a savvy European market with more fully loaded devices, or are they just trying to spread their product launches around? Or, is this a depressing sign that, like the BlackBerry 8707, there are just some BlackBerry devices that North American shores will never receive? Post the best answer as to why RIM has European fever this week (other than to just break our hearts) and you’ll receive a free copy of Magmic’s newest release, Chuzzle!
LAST WEEK’S WINNER was Ralf, who pointed out that until recently, BlackBerrys were (and still are, in some cases) behind in terms of consumer functionality. Enjoy your games, Ralf!