A lot of us use BlackBerrys to pretty mundane ends: daily e-mails, maybe check some news, fart around on a game while waiting for the bus, call home and see what’s for supper, the usual – but every once in awhile something comes up, and you thank every god you can think of that you’ve got your BlackBerry handy. Both Dave and Jeff had some extraordinary experiences with their devices, and there are sure to be plenty of other stories out there. So go on, tell us when you were most thankful to have your BlackBerry handy. Maybe you were able to grab a split-second picture of a robber with your Curve, maybe some speedy mobile browsing found a new restaurant just in time to save a date gone south, maybe your integrated GPS helped some tourists find their way to the hotel late at night… Whatever your story is, let’s hear it, and the best one will get an OtterBox of choice to make sure your BlackBerry’s working when you need it most.
There was a lot of heated discussion last week over CDMA vs. GSM BlackBerrys. Jake made some fine points about carriers’ desire to latch onto data rates, and Ricky made a great suggestion to close the gap between GSM and CDMA releases so they could both ride the same hype. It’s a really tough call this week, but I think Karan will be our winner for noting why RIM doesn’t show CDMA more love than they do. As much as we consumers might wish the 8330 came out a few months sooner, RIM has a little something to gain from data revenue too, and working the GSM angle to leverage negotiations with CDMA carriers makes solid business sense. Good stuff Karan, we’ll be hooking you up with three BlackBerry skins from DecalGirl and a copy of Guitar Hero III from Bplay! Thanks everyone for your great comments, and we hope to see you again this week!