Dear Blackberry and RIM, For Shame

I’ve been Blackberry user for almost four years, standing by my phone steadfastly through the storms. Even that one time where my trackball popped out and ended up in 6 pieces. How something so small could have so many parts is beyond me. Then I upgraded to a Bold and got a trackpad and my life was better for it.

Blackberry Bold 9700

As the whole world raced by me and got awesomer phones, I said NAY! My loyalty to Blackberry didn’t waver. I was too attached to BBM. Plus, I liked the buttons and having a QWERTY keyboard. I need buttons! Yes, iPhone has dope apps and Android’s all fancy schmancy. BUT I HAVE BBM. I stayed. Even as my battery life dwindled. And I ignored the fact that my phone took 25 minutes to reset.

iPhone and Android users cackled at us.

Phenomenal loyalty, phenomenally.

And then…

You came through and really disappointed us. Outages worldwide since Monday. We can’t even use our BBMs, which is what we stayed for. The whole world is laughing at our clunky phones with bad batteries and boring apps.

This outage is embarrassing. As iPhone and Android users shade the hell out of us, we can’t even reply. All I can say is “YOU BETTER WATCH YOUR MOUTH!” They’re snatching our collective wigs and we have to look down at our feet in shame. YOU’VE MADE A FOOL OF US, RIM!


And all y’all got to say is “Sorry.” RIM, don’t be sorry, ho, be careful.

*sigh* Might be time for me to get that Android afterall. I tried to hold on, BlackBerry. GAWD KNOWS I TRIED! But I may just need to jump ship because y’all are clearly not bout that technologically stable life anymore.

Yours in Treason,

Who else still uses BlackBerry? Watch me be the only one. And to my iPhone and Android readers, be gentle with your roast. Use lube and let me spend the night. lolol

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  1. B_Keps
    October 12, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    Awe Luvvie…

    I left RIM back in 2010 and never looked back. I wanted a qwerty and “upgraded” to the Palm Pre. Real cute -__- But then I turned my life over to Droid and I am forever better for it. There are droids with qwerty’s on every network I believe. I have the Samsung Epic (lives up to its name everyday) with Sprint.

    Until then,

    I’ll pray for you BBM users.

    • October 14, 2011 at 2:58 pm

      I loved my Blackberry, until I was in the middle of a phone interview and the damn thing CUT COMPLETELY OFF!! I liked to have thrown that phone through a window!
      I also have an Epic, and I love that I still have a QWERTY keyboard. Its the best of both worlds!!
      C’mon Luvvie gurl. Join #AndroidNation!!!

  2. nickiw
    October 12, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Bless your heart.

    • October 12, 2011 at 5:48 pm

      Hahahaha this is the comment I wish I made!

  3. October 12, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    I was a loyal Blackberry user until my pink beauty died on and went to the big Blackberry patch in the sky. Her cause of death…trackball. I actually went to get get another BB but was sold on the Droid Pro, it was pretty much designed for BB users. It’s similar in design with a qwerty keyboard yet all the cool apps of the cooler looking Android phones.

    It has a few cons, largely the battery but overall it’s a decent phone. I highly recommend letting go of that BB.

  4. October 12, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    i had to leave them fawls alone 2 years ago and i was better for it….i understand and respect your loyalty ( i have the same to Verizon even though they slay me ever single month with fees thta are riDICulous!)

    i hope the netowrk comes back up i am sure your followers miss you

  5. October 12, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    My battery life on my Vibrant (Android by Samsung) is so bad I carry two batteries.
    But that all ends Friday when I break the chains of T-Mobile and get my iPhone 4S with Sprint.

    I would urge you all to do the same!

  6. October 12, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    I have a BlackBerry and am not quite ready to give up on it just yet! I mean, YES, it does randomly reset itself! NO, I can’t play Words with Friends! And, since I have the Curve, NO, I don’t have a touchscreen. I’m remaining faithful to the BlackBerry, for now! But…worldwide outages DO seem to justify the “wow, STILL using a BlackBerry, eh? Sorry to hear that!” comments that I hear constantly! RIM is dirty for this one! Real dirty!

    • Jocy
      October 12, 2011 at 7:59 pm

      You took the words right from my brain and typed them in your comment box.

    • October 13, 2011 at 3:10 pm

      LOL!!! As you list more CONS. We’re so loyal it hurts.

  7. asetdivine
    October 12, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    I’m still a Blackberry user Luvvie. You are not alone. I might be switching to an android soon though. *prepares to jump ship*

  8. October 12, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    Damn, I didn’t know people still use BB. I’m over here tryna turn my iPod touch into a phone!

  9. October 12, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    I still love my Blackberry. I wasn’t affected by the outages but I know what it’s like to stand by your phone and it crap out on you and also everyone else’s nationwide.
    I was a Sidekick user up until the weekend outage a couple years ago. I stood by my phone through the thick and thin and it played me.

    Then I went to Blackberry…..



  10. October 12, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    I too, have a BBBold. I purchased it refurbished. It has died on me twice. I’ve had it taken apart and put back together. I’m on my second battery. So far, I haven’t been affected by the outages. When my contract is up in December, please believe that I will be in search of a new cell.

  11. October 12, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    I don’t know if the whole world is laughing at you guys, but I sure am.

    • adwoa
      October 13, 2011 at 7:56 pm

      **cackling** i was trying to keep it PC, but in this whole list of comments, this is the one that spoke to my deepest truest heart. ha!

      your girl was late to the smart phone game, meaning when i finally got one i chose based not on habit, but on quality. i’m lovin’ that shit biiissshhhhh

    • emti
      October 14, 2011 at 11:09 am

      This from the woman who threatened the end of our friendship if I didn’t “join the 21st century and get a blackberry” then when I did she went and got an iphone SMH

  12. bklynbajan
    October 12, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    You are not alone….

    I “upgraded” to an droid phone and lasted a week before I ran back to my BB. I just couldn’t take a phone that did everything but let me talk without running through the battery. Next time I’ll go all out for an iPhone but for now I’ll be kicking it with the BB.

  13. Tasha Love
    October 12, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    OMG you took ALL of the words out of my mouth!!!! Oh BB I will no longer take it in the toosh from you. Android… iphone… I’m coming for you.

  14. October 12, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    Oh Luvvie! I’m your sister in Blackberry Suffering. A few days ago, I got all caught up in the iPhone/Passing of Steve hype and had my finger hovering over the ‘enter’ button to pre-order. But then I decided against it cus RIM hadn’t done anything to me personally. All those issues were elsewhere. I even cackled that they people need to move to America cus RIM knows better than to play with out technology.

    Then this mess happened. There was about an hour in my day where the idea that there was an outage didn’t even enter my mind. Instead, I obsessed over how my friends don’t love me anymore because I wasn’t receiving any emails, BBM’s etc. Then I got on the ‘puter and dammit if we haven’t been afflicted with same shytaintworkingitis!

  15. kris
    October 12, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    I am soo faithful to my bb its embarassing!! I upgraded to the torch thinkin I was gonna be back in the game…not so much. RIM don’t love us no more

  16. kris
    October 12, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    I am soo faithful to my bb its embarassing!! I upgraded to the torch thinkin I was gonna be back in the game…not so much. RIM don’t love us no more 🙁

  17. October 12, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    I’m trying to hard to stay loyal to my blackberry! i don’t care if its slow as hell, and if bbm is really just glorified texting, or if bbm broadcast messages are driving me nuts all through the day, or if i have to reboot it every few hours, or if i have to carry a charger everywhere i go and ask everybody for an outlet i can use. I’m attached, and I’m too prideful to let go. #uglycry

  18. Jazz
    October 12, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    Wait a minute. You use apple everything else , but you stuck with the crackberry? SMH.

    October 13, 2011 at 7:26 am


  20. October 13, 2011 at 8:31 am

    I still have a Blackberry. The other night it decided to reset then buzz like I had incoming BBMs and sh*t. ALL NIGHT LONG..it was a ghost. A ghost in the machine, yo! I’m over it…Iphone 4s is at Verizon..IM OUTTA HURRE…in honor of Steve Jobs and all.

  21. October 13, 2011 at 9:37 am

    I have never been about that Crackberry Life! After having worked as a trouble shooter for my firm back in the day…spending hours on the phone with RIM and learning how to use that damn keyboard?! Nah son I am good!

    All I can say is it sucks to be you!! Buwahahaha

  22. Kelly
    October 13, 2011 at 10:06 am

    Like you, I was/am a faithful BB user..but this phone (my 6th replacement in less than 2 years) has given me everything BUT life. It’s over. BB and I are through. Iphone, here I come.

  23. October 13, 2011 at 10:33 am

    I bailed just over a week ago. Likewise, I stuck with them thru a full 4 years of solid QWERTY keyboard and multifunctional push email. But lack of support for app development, the realization that I really did need a more multimedia-friendly solution, and their apparent lack of desire to innovate any further drove me away. And to see this massively failtastic multi-day outage shows that their data control model is too much for them to handle.

    So far, things are buttery smooth on my new HTC Sensation, and I’m finally *really* integrating my sets of calendars, contact lists, and email accounts. And for the first time, I can remote-desktop into my home computer on the go. It was the right choice, clearly.

  24. keisha brown
    October 13, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    BB has been my only smartphone. iphones are fun, shiny and fun.. but my primary reason for staying with RIM is actually NOT BBM, but simple functionality.

    Luvvie, you live in Chi, so you have an idea of how cold Toronto gets. who wants to take gloves off, or buy ‘special gloves’ while i wait outside for a train? NOT this girl. so until apple gives me a keyboard..or maybe the phones come with these so-called special gloves…aint gon happen.

    *from my warm toasty hands…
    (or unless someone buys me a car with a great heating system)

    • emti
      October 14, 2011 at 11:18 am

      The Chi is colder than the Dot in the winter…trust me

  25. emti
    October 14, 2011 at 11:19 am

    Currently ordering an Iphone online…i’ve had enough with this BB

    • October 14, 2011 at 1:25 pm

      Don’t do it!!

      *prays while holding onto my curve*

      I wanna switch networks to get that BB Torch but I have cell carrier loyalty too. *kicks every trashcan in my office*

      My BB gives me what I need. I don’t need a 5.0 megapixel camera… that’s what my Canon is for. I don’t need a computer in my phone playing 6 billion apps simultaneously sucking up my batt life… that’s what my iPad is for. I need to text, tweet, BBM & chat on a phone that lasts for gajillions of hours on end. <3 u BB.

      Maybe I'm singing this love poem b/c I was hardly affected by the outage. *shrugs*

  26. October 14, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    No matter what network you are on or what you need from a phone, there’s an Android phone for you.

    You’re overdue for an upgrade. lol

  27. Mojisola Alaso Oke
    October 15, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    I wont even say my true feelings about the damn BB. I have been using BB since 2005 with the damn 2100 Pearl and this is how i’m treated. I feel like a deeply wronged second wife . . .

  28. SD
    October 15, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Just brought the new Bold 9900. It’s literally the best Blackberry I’ve ever owned. Ive been a BB user since the fist one came out with the blk and green screen..I”m never leaving, NEVERRRRRRRR!..lol

  29. October 17, 2011 at 5:17 am

    I’ve been a loyal Crackberry addict for years upon years upon years, but that outage had me re-thinking my loyalty for a split second…okay, longer than a split second, but you know what I mean. Anywho, I still refuse to jump on the iPhone/Android bandwagon. Like you, I like tangible buttons, and Blackberry’s user interface is absolutely perfect for me. I don’t need fancy apps or any of that nonsense. BB does it for me.

  30. October 30, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    (Luvvie, I quit the twitter briefly when you wrote this.) Nevertheless…MAN, LISTEN.

    Friday was my three-year BB anniversary, and my loyalty was shonuff endangered by the outage. Like others upthread, I NEED my buttons, but not necessarily the metric crapton of apps. I can’t be all “yeah, you right *hangs head*” when the BB slander is raining down on my timeline! It ain’t right…

    My curve serves its purpose, though, and an ipod touch will be in my future.

    As for my provider (you still with uscc?), well, I’m not leaving unless I move west or out of the country altogether. Oh, the struggle…