The Bible cyaa wrong enuh; every ting is jus' fi a time!
Remember when BlackBerry (BB) was THE gadget to have? If you didn't have a 'BlueBerry' or 'CrackBerry', you weren't saying a thing! Or even if you were, nobody was really listening. It started out for the more business-oriented people. BlackBerry soon became synonymous with status. And soon, like all fads, everybody had one or had to have one.
I went through that phase too. I felt I had to get my hands on any of them, even the Curve, which was, at the time, like the Corolla of BB models (i.e. simple to operate, reliable and relatively affordable). Those with heavier pockets (or with sugar daddies and mommies) could show off with the original Bold, the Bold 2, Storm and later on the Torch, the revolutionary BB with keyboard AND touch screen! BlackBerry was IT! But now it's over. Big, bad BlackBerry, originally called RIM, last week agreed a US$4.7 billion deal to take the company private.
The company says you'll still see a few new phones, but the focus is now mostly back on the business people. So for 'regular' people like me, it is, in effect, the end of BB as we know it. Jus' so! From top of the pile, to being practically extinct in less time that it would take the old BlackBerry phones to download a video (one of the flaws showed up by Android phones). And speaking of Android and Apple's iPhone, that's where IT is now. I didn't pay them any mind at first, but like alien invaders, they have completely taken over. If you don't have one, you're in the technological barren lands - might as well be using a telegraph. If you've still got a good BB though, keep it 'til it croaks.
BB is a prime example of why you should never be too 'hype' in life. I hope none of the BB execs were, as they would be looking rather dumb now. So before the HTC, Samsung, and other smartphone providers get too smug, remember BlackBerry. There's going to come a time when the phones you parade lovingly now will also be obsolete! As for the bigwigs at BlackBerry, I wouldn't feel too bad for them. Fact is, they had a great run.
So, if they were smart, they would have seen the end coming, and taken the necessary save-for-a-rainy-day action. I''m sure they won't be joining Salvation Army lines for food and warm clothes.
And who knows? There's no reason they can't find success again. They may come up with the next big thing to mash up Android and iPhone's 'dolly house'. If not, it was fun. RIP BB (sniff).
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