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The Time Has Come, the Walrus Said, to Buy a New Cell Phone

BlackBerryHave you seen those ads for the emergency medical alert monitor? You know, the device that you wear, I dunno, around your neck or something, in case you fall down and can't get back up? I see ads for those all the time. Now that I'm getting older, I can't help but wonder if I will end up having to wear one of those things when I hit my senior years. I doubt it though, because I'm always wearing my cell phone and bluetooth earpiece.

It feels almost like I'm packing a pistol. When I leave the house, I pat my side to make sure my phone is strapped and often keep it fastened to a pocket. I wish I could twirl it when I'm through checking email, blow off the smoke and slap it back into its holster. But every time I fumble with it, I end up tossing it across the room.

BlackBerrys are hard to break, just in case you were wondering. So don't ever buy the extended warranty because you won't need it. If I haven't managed to damage my BlackBerry, they can't be easily destroyed, trust me on this.

I've dropped it on hard concrete and watched it fall apart, with my battery sliding across the pavement and bouncing into traffic, yet still managed to put it back together and answer that next call.

I can't wait for the BlackBerry Bold to be offered by T-Mobile. Soon as it hits the market, I'm snatching it up. Cell phones are so much more practical than an emergency alert monitor. I mean, you can call anybody you want if you fell and couldn't get up. Because if I pressed that emergency alert button and a person answered:

"Hello, this is the emergency medical alert. Is everything OK?"

I'd say, "No, everything is definitely not OK. Haven't you heard that our economy is in shambles, foreclosure rates are rising and people can't afford to feed their kids?"

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I am in love with my Blackberry as well. my husband is getting concerned because I have started to take it to bed with me. Not to sleep with, but just in case I get something before I fall asleep. I know this is a bit over the top!!! I wish I read this before I got mine. I did take the insurance. I am famous for dropping my phone, including in the toilet......

Why are you anxious to get the Bold. What does it have that the curve does not? Please let me know if I am missing something......I have Sprint and maybe I can upgrade now......

Happy Tuesday!!


Posted by Lori Isaacson (Credit Restoration Consultants) almost 12 years ago

those kids eat way too much. you can starve yourself but kids don't play that game.

Posted by Mike Russell, Overland Park Kansas Real Estate (Mike Russell & Associates) almost 12 years ago

I will have to check the BB Bold.  Believe it or not, I still don't have a blackberry or email attached to my phone.  I know I would love it and thats the problem.  I don't know if I want to subject me wife and kids to me checking my email as well as the phone calls.  (I secretly want to though)

Posted by Greg Cavaiani (Response Realtors) almost 12 years ago

I've been thinking of getting a new phone I am considering the BB. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Pat Champion, Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs (Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty) almost 12 years ago

Elizabeth:  A blackberry is the one device I have not yet incorporated into my life.  I feel like someone who felt like having a picture taken of them would steal their soul when cameras were a new thing.  A blackberry will surely suck me into another dimension where I am powerless to set boundaries and have free time.  I know I won't feel like this forever, and when my antique phone (4 years old) dies, I'll probably sign on for one.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) almost 12 years ago

it is not a blackberry, it is a CRACK BERRY!  I have had one for years, I cant imagine life without it.  I do hear the new touch screen one (while cool) is full of bugs... so stay away from that one for a while.

Posted by Robert Rauf (HomeBridge Financial Services (NJ)) almost 12 years ago

Yeah, I've heard the Storm has its problems, but the BOLD is different. Here are the specs:

Available Features
Camera (2.0 MP)
Built-in GPS
Media Player
Video Recording
BlackBerry® Maps
Wireless Email
Corporate Data Access
Wi-Fi® support

AT&T has it but T-Mobile doesn't yet.

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Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (RE/MAX Gold) almost 12 years ago

I must be the only realtor without a Blackberry' Still using the basic.

Posted by Terry Chenier (Homelife Glenayre Realty) almost 12 years ago

I started with a Treo but HATED it. I love my blackberry and know exactly what you mean about how it takes a lickin' but keeps on tickin'. Made for real estate I'd say!!

Posted by Colleen Fischesser Northwest Property Shop, A Tradition of Trust in the Pacific NW since 1990! (RE/MAX Advantage | Managing Broker) almost 12 years ago

I personally love my treo, so I am holding out for hte Treo Pre due out later this year.  The BB is great, but I am so used to the Palm platform that I don't want to change.

Posted by Simon Mills (Mills Realty) almost 12 years ago

Hi Elizabeth ! - I'm at a similar roadblock, but in my area I am married to Verizon - (and love it!) If Verizon offered the iPhone I would buy it today - I was so close to getting the Storm, but have heard too many disappointing reviews...

What to do What to do !!!!!!!!

Hope you are well, and still happily busy :o)

Cheers !


Posted by Sheldon Neal, That British Agent Bergen County NJ (Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited) almost 12 years ago


Cell phones are durable these days. They are not water proof; everytime I get frustrated with a client I throw mine in the lake.

I hope all is well you charming person you!


Posted by Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459, Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD! (Coldwell Banker) almost 12 years ago

I haven't figured out how to work my out dated phone yet and it is time to update.


Posted by Team Honeycutt (Allen Tate) almost 12 years ago

Elizabeth, I have the Blackberry Curve and the iPhone 3G and I like them both for different reasons. I dropped my Blackberry once and the wheel ball fell out, but it snapped back in place. It is very rugged, tough keypad for messaging, and handles the world like the old Palm Treos. But the iPhone as a PC AND phone is a quantum leap over any Blackberry I have ever used. I know the Bold is the best one out there now, so if you stick with Blackberry that is the one to get. The Storm is not as good as the iPhone from what I have read on the reviews - no WiFi and slow ticky tack keypad.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) almost 12 years ago

Elizabeth - LOL!  I pat my pocket to make sure my cell phone/gun is there, too...   :)


Posted by Debi Ernst, GRI, e-PRO, Broker/Sales Associate (St. Charles County, Missouri - Prudential Alliance Realtors) almost 12 years ago

Elizabeth - I forgot to ask if you've considered the G1 phone...just curious...  :)

Posted by Debi Ernst, GRI, e-PRO, Broker/Sales Associate (St. Charles County, Missouri - Prudential Alliance Realtors) almost 12 years ago

I once dropped my blackberry into the tracks of the NYC subway.  No, I didn't jump down to get it but long story short the battery popped out but the unit still worked.  Just like the energizer bunny - it can take a licking and keep on ticking.

BTW - do you ever have phantom cell phone checks.  You know the moment when you clearly don't have a phone on you but you check to see if it there none-the-less.

Posted by Josef Katz, {Marketing Maestro} (Digital and Direct Response Marketing) almost 12 years ago

Hmm... a BB-Bold may make a nice present in April. I shall have to put that on my list. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 12 years ago

Elizabeth,I am still a Palm devotee,like Simon above, waiting for the new TreoPre which sounds like it has the best of all for me..... Palm platform, touch screen like the iPhone and a pull out QWERTY keyboard. Now let's hope Verizon will support it.

While, talking, holding the phone, still slap my waist as though someone is calling. No matter what the device, we are hooked on our phone gadgets.

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) almost 12 years ago

Tom! You throw yours in the lake? How many phones do you go through in any given year, my man?

Colleen and Simon: I see that most people use either the Treo or the BB, and neither want to switch because they're used to their phone.

Hi Sheldon: I'm married to T-Mobile. But my phone plan is so cheap. With wireless and database, I pay about $58 a month (with tax and Realtor discount) and get 3,000 minutes. I don't know of any other carrier with prices that low.

Hi Gary: So you mean to say that you carry around two phones? I know agents who do that, but I can't see strapping an aresnal to myself.

Hi Josef and Deb: Yes, I get phantom phone calls. I often think my waistline is ringing when I have no phone attached to me.

Hey C: I'm not buying you a BB Bold, hahahahha.

Hi Margaret: We ARE a slave to our tech devices, that's for certain. It's hard to remember what life was like without them. Of course, it's hard to remember to feed the fish in my fish tank, too, or remember to tie my shoes.

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