Any Port For This Storm?
turbotodd 100000388Y Visits (2470)
I went to the ATT store the other day to buy some new protective rubber sheathes for my trusty Blackberry Pearl.
I decided to get really obnoxious and go with the radioactive yellow, blue, and pink colors this time around. There'll be no losing this Blackberry!
Anyhoo, while I was there, I chatted up the sales rep and asked what they had going on in the way of new Blackberries, and also whether or not I could transfer all my data from one Blackberry to another.
In terms of what they had going on with Blackberries, she explained that the Bold was holding its own but that everyone was waiting on the Storm.
As to my question about transferring data from one Blackberry to another, she told me that she could exchange my phone and contact data, but not transfer my applications for Notes email, Calendar, etc.
In other words, if and when I get a new Blackberry, it's on me to spend 24-48 hours (or longer) to set the thing up from scratch. Again.
Sometimes I wonder whether RIM and other companies give much consideration to such "switching costs" involved in moving from one device to another.
There's plenty about my Blackberry Pearl I like, and there's a lot I don't (No wi-fi, slow and ugly Web browsing). But when it comes time to make a decision about upgrading, believe you me, the time (an unknowable) involved in trying to get the new device (Bold? Storm? The "flip" Berry?") is going to be a central issue for me.
When I bought the Pearl, it only cost me $99, but I'm sure I spent a few hundred dollars of IBM's time getting it up and running.
As much as I'd like to have all those new features of the Storm 9500, which look really cool in this video, I'm not sure I'll be able to accommodate the expense -- and turbulence -- of acquiring a new device.