Its truly amazing to see how the Blackberry smartphone has been able to reach such a high level of adoption. I remember just about 5 years ago when I had just bought my first Blackberry, not many people in the Caribbean knew what it was. I found myself like a Blackberry Road Show doing mini presentations almost everyday show people what the blackberry could do. To those who already knew about Blackberry, it was my "claim to fame". I was the guy with the Blackberry. I didn't realize how serious it was, until or as one person described – it was the ultimate status symbol.
Those where not the reasons for my purchase but they were some benefits that I welcomed with open arms. My main motivation for getting it was to have access to my personal email accounts while on the go. My work situation and lack of access to my personal email accounts was killing many a business opportunity for me.
Today though, Blackberry has been able to reach an 80 % or more penetration in the Caribbean … at least according to RIM VP of Sales Peter Gould in an interview he did with me a little while ago. Now with all the specials the mobile providers in the Caribbean have given us on Blackberries since that interview Blackberries penetration might be reaching up to 90%!!!!
Today, having a Blackberry in many industries is expected. Not having one is just not understood. Its unthinkable. The Blackberry messenger in particular has literally become the window to the world while you are travelling or on the go. How life can change!
What Is Next For Blackberry?
As an avid user, I would personally love to have a Blackberry which has touch screen and full QWERTY keyboard. In the conclusion of my review of the Blackberry Storm – I said it was missing the "beloved Keyboard". Since then I have found myself wishing for a keyboard option from time to time. I miss the convenience of being able to type while looking away from the device.
I posted a blog post about such a Blackberry being available in 2010… A "Blackberry Slider" to be exact. Since then its been generating some serious interest on this blog. It seems now to be dubbed the Talladega / Storm 3 / Slider. Judging from the response it seems like there are many of you ready to own one right now.
I am curious though what would you want in that phone?
Personally I would like
- to install unlimited apps or almost unlimited apps. (this could actually really help me in my Social Media Management)
- a better browsing experience
- support for video conferencing via skype
- A better camera – i will be forever asking for this the photographer in me
- Strong Video support to stream almost anything on the internet
- More battery life
I think this would make it a very good fit for individuals as well as business people alike.
Let me just tease you .. here is the CEO of RIM (Blackberry) Presenting a Keynote at the World Mobile Congress a NEW BROWSER IS COMING!!!
What do you want in your next Blackberry? Or What would make you switch to Blackberry?
Corey Graham 2.0