Crackberry No More?

Excellent article on Blackberry, RIM and what's to come...

CrackBerry No More? Opinion by Frank Hayes

JANUARY 30, 2006 (COMPUTERWORLD) - Sometime in the next few days, the heads of BlackBerry users will explode. Like zombies, they'll roam blindly, thumbs still twitching as their headless bodies wander the streets searching in vain for messages that never come -- all this because Research In Motion's addictive wireless e-mail service has been turned off due to a patent dispute.

Sound unlikely? You obviously haven't read recent BlackBerry news coverage. Every story talks up how a BlackBerry shutdown is imminent, how users can't live without them and how their world is about to come to a nightmarish end.

It makes a great story. But it's not going to happen.

Not this week. Not in the next month. Not until late March at the earliest. And probably not ever.

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by Frank Hayes, Computerworld's senior news columnist, has covered IT for more than 20 years. Contact him at