The outage and the sales demise have left RIM under much scrutiny; perhaps now the BlackBerry brand has fallen into being the second or third choice of smartphone, and they will just have to live with that for time being.
As I travel the globe talking about online child protection I have been delighted to be able to tell audiences about the exemplary response of the British mobile phone industry to some of the challenges of online child protection.
My girlfriend has a BlackBerry, one of my housemates has an iPhone, and another housemate has both; they've all been having a spot of bother this week. I have an Android phone and so I've rarely been more smug, which is saying something.
The hardcore among us who feel some loyalty to the devices and platform might yet tolerate this but those who got a BlackBerry for BBM and BBM alone and find that the rug has been pulled from under them might feel a little differently when their upgrade date rolls around.