Blackberry Alternatives

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BlackBerry alternatives


January 23, 2006

Research in Motion was dealt a nasty blow in its ongoing legal battle with NTP, a small holding company suing RIM for patent infringement, when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to review a Federal Court of Appeals ruling against the BlackBerry maker. The latest news brings the possibility of a service shutdown one step closer to reality, and though RIM says it has a software "workaround" that will allow it to continue service, we have yet to hear any details about it. Obviously, this doesn’t ease any of the worries or concerns of current or future BlackBerry owners, leaving them wondering about the fate of the CrackBerry. However, if there’s any consolation, it’s the fact that there are a number of suitable alternatives that can perform the same functions of a BlackBerry and, in some cases, do a better job of it. We’ve rounded up half a dozen smart phones for each major carrier–Cingular, T-Mobile, Verizon, and Sprint Nextel–that will handle your e-mail requirements, PIM organization, and cell phone needs. Read on to see if one is right for you.

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It will be interesting to see if the court case affects us in Bermuda, but even if it does, those Blackberry users realy should not worry too much. For ease of use and features, the Palm Treo devices really blow the Blackberry away.

I personally think many "executives" think that to be seen as a cutting edge Executive they must have one of the distinctive devices strapped to their belt. However, to me it is the executives that are smart and savvy enough that don’t have a Blackberry, but a Palm that impress me.

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