Can anyone tell me if there's a SAVE THE BLACKBERRY campaign going on anywhere in the blogosphere or elsewhere? I'll cry if my Blackberry service is cutoff. I love my BlackBerry. Really and truly I do. If you haven't heard the news, according to MSNBC:
The Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear an appeal from the maker of the BlackBerry in the long-running battle over patents for the wildly popular, handheld wireless e-mail device. The high court’s refusal to hear Canada-based Research In Motion Ltd.’s appeal means that a trial judge in Richmond, Va., could impose an injunction against the company and block BlackBerry use among many of its owners in the United States.
Apparently NTP, the company that is suing for patent infringement, is simply a small patent holding firm. According to Wikipedia, the company's only asset is a set of wireless email patents. It's not like they actually make products, or ever planned to use the technology from what I can tell. Can I say I don't like them? A lot? Didn't RIM offer to pay them something like $450 million dollars -- was that not enough?
NTP apparently couldn't give a crap less about the 3 million or so people who use a BlackBerry. (I can't believe it's not more than 3 million. It seems like everyone I know has one.) Their comment says it all:
... NTP downplayed the hardship that RIM's commercial customers would suffer from a shutdown, saying "there are "a number of licensed alternatives which can fully meet their requirements." Among the alternatives to the BlackBerry is the Treo 650 smartphone made by computer and smartphone maker Palm Inc.
My husband has a Treo. It sucks. I can't stand the thing. I don't want one. I choose BlackBerry. Give me BlackBerry or give me death!
Well ... maybe not death. Maybe a sore throat.