RIM launched the first BlackBerry device 18 years ago today

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  • Chug that haterade

    It is crazy to see how far mobile devices have come in the past 18 years… it will be interesting to see what they will be like in the next 18 years.

    • Cowpoke Sal

      Well…looking at that thing above and looking at the PressedPort, they ain’t come too far, I reckons.

    • Chug that haterade

      You lost?

    • kirfer

      Only their mother could tell them apart…

    • Chug that haterade

      Read another spec sheet wrong?

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  • Jockohomo

    Wow…and imagine..without the original iPhone, we might still be using things that look like this!

    • Cowpoke Sal

      You can see where the DNA of the PressedPort came from.

    • Jockohomo

      Pretty thing, ain’t it?

    • Cowpoke Sal

      Reeeeal purdy.

    • Chug that haterade

      Like the original DNA of the iPhone and iPad came from the iPod Touch?

    • Lol the iphone wasn’t even the original iphone. The Prada came first and OS wise was Windows Mobile which was way ahead of its time in my opinion.

    • Jockohomo

      Would the Prada have had the same impact? We shall never know…

    • Lol we do. Nothing from LG would ever have the same impact. They batched the Chocolate and with that, trust.

      One day in the distance future, maybe

    • Jockohomo

      LG – the “almost” company.

    • That is their true to life slogan

    • Chug that haterade

      Without the BlackBerry, you still might be using feature phones…. which the iPhone pretty much is without apps.

      Ps. You do realize the original iPhone was a knock off of the LG Prada, right?

    • Denton

      LOL the iPhone was a knock off from just about everyone….zero innovation in that company

    • Shogun

      Get over yourself Denty. You just hate the fact the iPhone killed this company because it couldn’t innovate shjt and hadn’t done so since around 1999.

    • Denton

      You’re a Shill & a troll ….you have zero credibility crawl back under your bridge

    • Shogun

      Really Denty? Most everything I’ve ever said about this company has come to pass and very little of it is any good.
      You can call me a ‘shill and a troll’ all you want but the facts are on my side while delusion and fantasy are on yours.

    • Shogun

      Get over yourself Denty. Seriously. It just bothers you how Apple knocked this company off its perch from which its never fully recovered.

    • Denton

      Funny I still see the Blackberry brand being sold, but shorts like you always defer the pivot to software and autonomous vehicles…….I hope you shorted heavy LMFAO!

    • Shogun

      Being sold where? On their website? lmao! It’s not anywhere near as prevalent as it once was and the sales numbers speak to that.
      And I’ve made a killing shorting that dog over the past 2 years. There is always enough suckers around who want to believe and are willing to pay top dollar for a stock that always tanks in short order.

    • Chug that haterade

      You’ve made a killing? Riiiiight.

    • Denton

      Yeah this guy watches too many movies, he thinks he is Christian Bales character in the big short …LOL

    • Shogun

      Funny Denty. You need a sense of humour defending this company either as a brand and most certainly as an ‘investment’

    • Chug that haterade

      Yet you’re here…daily

    • Cowpoke Sal

      You’ll find ’em in the battered cardboard box by the checkout…

    • Chug that haterade

      Doesn’t it amaze you how some people have no ties or interest in BlackBerry yet they spend a significant part of their lives here posting snarky comments about BlackBerry?

      Ps. I think ol Shogy lost his shorts on BlackBerry…. which is why he is here 24×7…

    • Chug that haterade

      So you tell others to get over themselves…. yet you’re here gassing up the comment section of every BlackBerry article…

    • Jockohomo

      Seems to have worked out rather ok for them, in spite of those silly apps and ridiculous virtual keyboard.

    • Denton

      Absolutely, I never denied that….. My only beef with Apple is they are overpriced average phones that claim they invented the wheel….brilliant marketing

    • Jockohomo

      I’m of the opinion that all of these so-called flagship phones are overpriced, if I’m being honest (and I rarely am!). I suppose people buy what works for them, but I see the majority of smartphone users texting, and posting on Facebook. What a waste….but it’s their money!

    • Denton

      Ahmen, brutha!

    • Jockohomo

      Sadly, I’m somewhat guilty of it myself…I still think of my old laptop as my “real” device, even though my phone is probably more capable at this point! I do love having a little portable computer in my pocket for research on the fly purposes, though, and, of course, fart apps.

    • Denton

      It is a powerful communication tool….honestly the only gimmicky app I ever downloaded was the Bullwhip app….just as a joke around the office LOL

    • Jockohomo

      The nerd in me kinda loves my light saber app…

    • Cowpoke Sal

      Ha ha. Yes, it must have brought the house…er…office down.

    • Cowpoke Sal

      Did they not indeed invent the ‘click wheel’?

    • Cowpoke Sal

      On behalf of myself and other readers on this site, I would be more than grateful if you would list all the technologies and devices that the iPhone is allegedly a ‘knock off’ of.

    • BetelgeuseOrion

      “iPhone is allegedly a ‘knock off’ of.”

      you sound like you dont have any clue of what smartphones were available before 2007 (first iphone)

      HTC owned 50% of the smartphone market back then with over 100 models

      the HTC Universal had 3G and front facing video calling in 2005, 3 years before the iphone got the same features, hell the iphone still has no 3g video calling, it was missing the standard for its entirety.

    • Cowpoke Sal

      What’s HTC…?

    • BBRYSUXBALLS_2.1

      Like a TLC.

    • Cowpoke Sal

      Ka……..BOOM!

    • BBRYSUXBALLS_2.1

      Just like Ronan the plunger and his Flare7

    • ????????Marshall

      Whoa, there’s that glaring TCL trauma again ????????????????

    • Chug that haterade

      Insomonia

    • Chug that haterade

      Don’t go chasin waterfalls…. please stick to the rivers and the lakes that you’re used to…

    • Cowpoke Sal

      Looks like Uncle Denty went off chasin’ waterfalls…golden ‘water’ falls. Lol; good riddance.

    • Chug that haterade

      It is only a matter of time before you and a handful of others meet the same fate…

    • Cowpoke Sal

      *crickets*

    • BBRYSUXBALLS_2.1

      Of course

    • kirfer

      LOL! More champagne comedy, Dingle. You’re on a roll.

      Might pay to go and have a look at that Prada thing some time. You know, how it was absolutely nothing like an iPhone, in either design or operation. The abomination actually ran a Flash based OS, featured a whopping 8MB of RAM (with up to 2GB of storage on SD cards), and required you to press buttons to navigate (no scrolling, for example).

      Perfect example to point to for those who still haven’t learned that “design” is not “what it looks like”. Sigh…

    • Chug that haterade

      Hahahah the apologizing is strong with this one ^^

    • kirfer

      Sorry for owning you again…

    • Cowpoke Sal

      You could almost set your watch by it.

    • Jockohomo

      I actually do!

    • Chug that haterade

      Just like I set my watch to the swinging…. a regular as the sun rises and sets.

    • BBRYSUXBALLS_2.1

      Totally

    • Chug that haterade

      Again? That implies it has actually happened before…. maybe you need to look up the definition of “own”… just sayin’

    • kirfer

      Have you cracked open that dictionary yet, Dingle?

      Now might be a good time! Imagine all the fun you’ll have looking up those words you’ve been abusing on here for the last few years. After that you can move onto the proverbs you’ve been murdering.

      “Pot => Kettle”
      “The proof is in the pudding”

      Classic Dinglish!

    • Chug that haterade

      Aother montrosity?

    • kirfer

      Too dull….

    • Chug that haterade

      Shall I have a dictionary sent to you as well?

    • kirfer

      A handful of people still are: no names, of course… (CougH coUGh…)

    • Jockohomo

      I can’t imagine who you may be referring to…

    • Chug that haterade

      Swiiiiiiiiiiiing

    • Cowpoke Sal

      That comment makes absolutely NO sense; could you please enlighten us all as to it’s meaning…?

    • Chug that haterade

      Naaaaw. Jacko knows…

    • Jockohomo

      It’s just another one of his personal attacks. He’s trying to make me talk to him.

    • Chug that haterade

      Personal attacks? Like your behind the back snipes about me over on BGR?

    • Cowpoke Sal

      Mornin’, son!

    • BBRYSUXBALLS_2.1

      Yawnnnnn

    • Chug that haterade

      You tired?

    • BBRYSUXBALLS_2.1

      What else is new?

    • BBRYSUXBALLS_2.1

      Good luck…

    • kirfer

      I really think Blackburied missed the boat when the Choad was released:

      “Think inside the square”

      It’s just a perfect encapsulation of their corporate mindset, and those of its remaining cheerleaders.

    • Jockohomo

      You should be in advertising!

    • kirfer

      Thank you: I shall forward the suggestion to Mr Chen and his Beard-y offsider.

    • Chug that haterade

      Speaking of a boat… how is that iPhone 7 Plus treating you?

    • kirfer

      Don’t own one: sorry, Dingle…

      But do stay fascinated!

    • Chug that haterade

      But you don’t own a BlackBerry and yet you do stay “fascinated”… right, Pot?

    • kirfer

      Wherever the comedy resides, there you’ll find me.

      Hello, Lackbury!!

    • Chug that haterade

      Maybe try Netflix or Comedy Central… just sayin’

    • kirfer

      Boring…

    • Chug that haterade

      Who knows… mayb you might find something “funny”

    • kirfer

      More than enough humour in my life already, Dingle.

      Now unclench that jaw, and stay serious in this most illustrious of venues: your astroturfing holster relies on it!

    • Chug that haterade

      Of course there is given the amount of time you spend typing one handed on BlackBerry articles

    • kirfer

      That river of sorrow is flowing abundantly today…

      Sail away, Dingle!!

    • Chug that haterade

      Of course… your usual megalitres are flowing

    • kirfer

      Too dull…

    • Chug that haterade

      Seems to be a regular occurrence for you.

    • kirfer

      It is… Please step up your game, Dingle.

    • Chug that haterade

      Naaw… no need

    • Cowpoke Sal

      This 18 year old ‘device’ is long gone…like Denton-San; gone with first breath of spring like dew on lotus leaf…

    • Chug that haterade

      Don’t worry, you keep up your shenanigans and you will be too

    • Cowpoke Sal

      Easy, Uncle Chuggy…they’re watching you….

    • Chug that haterade

      They are watching everyone…

    • BBRYSUXBALLS_2.1

      That pager rocked!!

  • Harley Davis

    I remember my third (and first compact) cellphone, a Motorola Startac, had such bad battery life that I had to carry a pager so people could page me then I could turn on my phone and call them back. Nothing to do with the first Blackberry, but certainly another blast from the past!

    • Cowpoke Sal

      Ah, Harley! The pager…how I miss it’s humble simplicity…’Come home, Cowpoke. Police gone’…those were the days.

    • Denton

      Yeah those were the days huh… burning crosses, torches & hoods, I bet you still sing “The night the lights went out in Georgia”

    • BBRYSUXBALLS_2.1

      Sure thing TLC lover Denty

    • ????????Marshall

      Oh… the pain… ????????????????

    • Chug that haterade

      Don’t go chasin waterfalls…

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  • I always like to correct this but the first RIM device was the Inter@ctive Pager 900 released on September 18th 1996. There were 4 devices after that. It was not till Jan 20th, 1999 that Lexicon (California Branding Agency) rebranded the Inter@ctive Pagers 850 as a BlackBerry. So it’s been 18 years since the 5th device they made was rebranded as a BlackBerry! Not that people care but you might as well be correct on the facts! My site BBRef . ca has every device made by the company listed

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/59097c5bfc96e09d6826368384faa6a36bf4618df76668bd23f5521b0634bc2b.png

    • Thanks for the facts. I think its good to know.

    • Cowpoke Sal

      Right. And it’s exciting too.

    • BBRYSUXBALLS_2.1

      Rockin it!!!!

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  • Shogun

    It was ground-breaking technology in its day. Today, not so much.

    • Chug that haterade

      an 18 year old device isn’t ground breaking today? Get outta town…

    • Syaz

      I think he meant that they were groundbreaking back in the day.

    • Chug that haterade

      I know what he meant as he’s here to post nothing but negative commentary about BlackBerry

  • Shawn

    I have one of the same Blackberries as posted in the pictures in this story at my desk.

  • BBRYSUXBALLS_2.1

    About the only thing they could do right, pagers.

    • Chug that haterade

      Hahahahahah my Passport runs circles around my wife’s iPad… that thing is garbage.

    • Cowpoke Sal

      Lol! Whatever, Uncle Chuggy.

    • Chug that haterade

      Yeah… whatever..

    • BBRYSUXBALLS_2.1

      Mad?

    • Chug that haterade

      Naaaa.. are you?