A (literal) letter to the editor: When Betabeat freelancer David Shapiro wrote a damning review of the new BlackBerry Z10, saying that people would think less of you if you opted for it over an iPhone, we expected to receive some angry feedback. What we did not expect, however, was to receive a real paper letter, mailed to our offices, lamenting the “hugely irritating and pompous and dumb and plain silly” post. We suppose it’s appropriate, however, that such an impassioned BlackBerry user would take to the mailbox instead of email–does email even work on that thing? (JK)
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In 2006, I came to college and I had a flip phone, which did not make me feel inadequate because in 2006, almost every other college student had a flip phone, except this one kid in my French class who was very tall and thin and an American Apparel model.
His father founded a major American novelty restaurant chain, and he brought his skateboard into class every day (he skateboarded to class), and he was the first person to make me feel inadequate for having a flip phone (actually not the first to make me feel inadequate about not being able to skateboard), even though he was really friendly to me.
He had a BlackBerry 8700c, and I thought, like, “Why would a freshman in college need a cell phone that costs like $86/month? He must be important,” because the only other person I knew who had a BlackBerry was my ex-girlfriend’s dad who worked for Citibank (also important).
Betabeat is no stranger to technically questionable counterterrorism missions, thanks to the season we spent recapping the absurdist exploits of one Jack Bauer. But last night’s deranged episode of “Homeland” still threw us for a loop. Implausible CIA sexcapades are one thing, crystal clear Blackberry video chat is another.
Yesterday I was dropping off some film at the Walgreen’s on Astor Place when I saw the Energizer Energi To Go, a portable cell phone charger, which has a photo on the packaging of a BlackBerry that doesn’t exist:
If you just got the iPhone 4S and modified it with like a glowing Apple logo on back and you’re walking around thinking you’re a cool guy with a somewhat unique cell phone, well, I just saw this picture of Beyonce walking around in Brooklyn with Blue Ivy in a Baby Bjorn, and she’s carrying a BlackBerry so expensive and rare that it makes you and your phone look like total chumps:
The first flagship Windows Phone, the Nokia Lumia 900, comes out on April 8th; and because the companies behind it are so eager to get people to try a Windows phone after decades of besmirching that brand, they’re discounting it massively. This enormous, beautiful, and somewhat revolutionary phone costs $449-$499 without a plan, but you can get it at AT&T for $99. Walmart has it for free if you don’t already have AT&T service and $49 if you do.
What this means for you, unsavory person, is that you can take advantage of the “generosity” of these companies and make possibly a couple hundred dollars.