i’d say that 80% of the time, i very much appreciate owning a blackberry:
i’ve had this blackberry bold (no clue as to what version it is, sorry) for about two years?? (i’m fuzzy on the timeline). i’ve become addicted (yes, let’s call it what it is) to knowing the precise moment i get an email (bing!). i love being able to access the internet whenever/wherever. and, the instant message system is brilliant for quickly getting in touch with a contact (although i limit my communications to twitter-type lengths as my typing on the blackberry still really sucks…i rely on creatively inserting emoticons – so expressive in lieu of words!).
the 20% of the time that i would like to chuck the blackberry into a river is due to two things: 1) if i am feeling all zen-y and thinking, why do i need to be FYI’d on an email immediately?? because if i hear that *bing!* or *buzz…*, you can bet that i am anxious to check out what’s going on asap. 2) if something goes wrong technically, i
freak out get quite anxious! how do i fix this??? what is going on??? eeeekk, help!!!
i also fully realize that the capabilities offered by my blackberry go far and beyond what i am using it for. i bet i use about 5% of the functions…i really should get a “blackberry for dummies” guide and teach myself about what i am missing out on [or am i really missing out?? let's get zen-y, again!].
last week, i was accessing a blog, and all of sudden i got a white cloud of death on my blackberry screen. the connection seemed to be stuck at the “requesting/loading” stage. i exited out of the internet search, and tried again a few more times – nope, the same white screen of nothingness appeared with each effort. over the next couple hours, i realized that email, blackberry messaging, the phone…all of these functions were working fine, it was just trying to access the internet that was the problem.
my first response was to turn the blackberry off, then back on [please note that i never turn the blackberry off, i just change the sound from "normal" to "silent" at night]. this great idea did not solve my issue.
well, things work out: i had to be at theOTHERstore later that afternoon, so i had the perfect amount of time to slip into the bell store at fairview park mall, and seek professional assistance. i explained my situation to the very kind sales associate. i think my
stupidity beginner-level knowledge was written all over my face – she was very patient and didn’t make me feel like an idiot. the first thing she did was slip the battery out of the blackberry, wait a couple seconds, and then she put it back in [i now know this is called a soft reset - whoa-ho!!]. little blackberry recharged itself…and poof! internet access! problem solved! i sang and danced. (ok, not really, i kept my joy to offering my profuse thanks).
so, yes, i did feel like a dork because the solution was such a blackberry 101 type-thing. however, i learned something, my blackberry is fine (i had feared the what if of an expensive replacement being needed), and i am very grateful that the bell staff are there to help!
[funny tangent: when i arrived at theOTHERstore, i started recounting my adventure to my colleague. scarcely had i started my story, when he interrupted me: "so, did you take out the battery to reset the blackberry?" obviously, this is a standard fix-it procedure about which i had been unawares!].
so here is the question of the day: i found out that i have the option of upgrading to a newer blackberry. i can switch over to a curve model for free, or to the newest bold (the same model that mom and dad just got – the 9790??) for $25.
what to do?
i am perfectly happy with my current blackberry. should i upgrade just for fun, because i can, or should i keep what i have? i hesitate primarily because i like how i have all my favourites, my contacts etc on the current blackberry. now, i do understand that i can transfer the data to my laptop (i even have the 800 number to call to have a bell rep walk me through how to do that) and then transfer it over to the new bb, but that strikes me as a PITA process since i have no complaints (although, i also learned at the bell store that i should have my blackberry info on my laptop, as back-up).
anyway, i appreciate any advice or any opinion-sharing you wish to give!