Turbo Finds A Pearl
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That all changed as of about an hour ago.
However, I am no longer an early adopter.
Those of you who know me, I know, are laughing out loud seeing me write that. But it's true. I swear.
I've learned that lesson, which is why even though I salivated over the thought of the Apple iPhone when it was first announced, there was no way in (insert expletive here) that I was about to be a guinea pig for that particular mobile computing experiment.
No, it was time for my Cingular upgrade, and I decided to get myself a Blackberry Pearl 8100 (hereafter known as the "Turbo Pearl").
So far, so good.
See, I learned my early adopter lesson several years ago.
First, there was the first gen Palm Treo, which, having been one of the first to get an IBM Workpad (an IBM rebranded first gen Palm Pilot) back in the day (1997), I should have known better.
Because the Treo of today is not the Treo that first came out in 2002 (or was it 2003)? It had a gray screen, low amperage, bad signal reception, and if you breathed the wrong way on it it would fall apart.
Other than all that, it was great. Not.
Conversely, flashing forward to here in 2007, the Treo and Blackberry lines both have been battle-tested for years now, and the speed with which I was up and running with the Turbo Pearl demonstrates that.
While I had been thinking about getting a new mobile PDA-phonelike thing for a while, I decided after a few conversations with colleagues and associates that the Blackberry would fit my mobile jones.
So I called the IBM Cingular rep, who pointed me to a Cingular retail location, whom I promptly called and asked about the Blackberry Pearl service.
She very courteously and professionally answered my mach
I was sold. She said she'd plug one in for me and start charging it for when I came into the store later.
It was a date. Now that's my kind of sales rep.
When I hit the Cingular store at lunch, she changed my SIM card (no phone number transfer required, hooray!), turned it on, smiled, and told me I was ready to go.
Uh, you're kidding me, right?
I don't have to slice open my wrist and give you any blood or anything? Strap myself to the front door of the store and beg for phone switching forgiveness? Nothing??
Nope, she told me. Ready to go.
Huh. Your world delivered, indeed.
I got home and started playing with my Pearl's itty bitty keys, and within a few minutes had figured out the basics and had my Gmail account set up (IBM email will come later after I'm added to our Enterprise server).
Soon after that, my Turbo Pearl had its first vibration.
I've waited a very long time for that vibration. And from whence did my first email message arrive via the Turbo Pearl?
With no little irony, it was from the folks at Pinger, "instant voice messaging for your mobile phone."
Perfect -- the stars are in alignment.
And now, everybody and their grandmother who reads this blog knows I can get my email virtually anywhere on the planet, and I can never get away from the office.
Assuming I can figure out how to work those itty bitty keys, I might even email you back.
On second thought, I'll probably just leave you a voicemail. ; )