Anyone who has been following this blog would know that I am a big fan of BlackBerry. I purchased my first BlackBerry 4 years ago and I have never looked back since then. The BlackBerry Device has really enhanced my life by helping me to make better use of time on the road and away from my desk. I can keep up to date reading articles and blog posts, communicate with persons via email and IM, make notes of my new ideas, review & enhance old ideas and more.
There is a saying that states – you will be same from year to year, dependent on the books that you read and the people that you interact with.
Now for me time spent waiting in line at the bank or waiting on delayed flights are now far more productive. Alrite here is an interesting fact to prove this – believe it or not, more than 70 % of my blogs were written on my BlackBerry and about 40 % of them are posted directly from the BlackBerry to my blog! And imagine that I am known primarily as a blogger. My BlackBerry has become a critical blogging tool because whenever the inspiration hits I write and share it with you.
It is not just about the device but the company in the last few years have been able to consistently grow and dominate the market worldwide, you got to respect that.
Now you can imagine how very grateful I was to be invited to the Official Launch of the BlackBberry Storm in Barbados. I was glad to be able to get the information directly from RIM Representatives and being able to ask them questions myself. I love Google and all, but somehow I rather be at the press conference. Oh and I am not going to pretend. I have never been the launch or press conference of any kind of technology before, no conference or trade show under my belt and I am hoping this would be the first of many more.
I was impressed with how organized it the conference was, and the very nice treatment I received, there were more than enough representatives to answer the questions I had or to point me in the direction to get them answered.
At the end of the conference I was presented with all the info in hard copy and on a 4 GB jump drive. No, no, the information from the conference did not take up 4 GB of space. The drive was essentially a gift! I definitely appreciated this after having a buffet lunch and really hit the spot.
Peter Gould – VP of sales for the Caribbean and Latin America did well with his presentation and answered all questions, at least the ones he was allowed to answer. lol. He knew his stuff, with 10 years at RIM, having had different positions in the company and seeing the evolution of the company he was fit for the job.
Here are some of the cool facts he shared with us –
RIM’s BlackBerry Infrastructure routes over three Petabytes (that’s 3,000,000,000,000,000 bytes) of traffic each month.
In 2009, RIM is celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the BlackBerry solution.
Founded in 1984, Research In Motion (RIM) is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of innovative wireless solutions for the worldwide mobile communications market.
BlackBerry®: launched in 1999, currently is available on over 475 carriers and channels in 160 countries around the world.
Subscriber base at end of FY’09: approx. 25 million users
RIM has shipped over 50 million BlackBerry smartphones in total. 26 million of them only in FY 09 (ended Feb 28/09).
Now BlackBerry Storm Devices were in abundance to toy around with throughout the conference. I thoroughly enjoyed this! I took the opportunity to hold on to one and check out the different features. Now to top it all off, I was given a little black box to take home after my name was pulled from the draw. Yes people. My own Storm!
Here is my interview with Peter Gould – VP of Sales for the Caribbean and Latin America at RIM, for BoomTribe.com
Hope you enjoy it!
Corey Graham 2.0