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Goodbye AT&T Landline

http://reviewermagazine.com/blackberry

Blackberry, my new pocket pal

by Rob Reviewer

I’m getting into my Blackberry. This thing is pretty awesome. It’s almost like a mini office in your pocket. Maybe I was a bit late in jumping on the “PDA” bandwagon but now I’m a committed advocate. Olivier, the webmaster from bighotbombshells.com, knowing how I dislike being tethered to the brick and mortar, talked me into getting it, and I contacted Verizon for more details…

There’s literally an unlimited amount of things this Blackberry can do! It not only shoots photos with reasonably high resolution (see below) and shoots video, but I can also respond to emails and messages on myspace and watch videos on youtube with ease. My emails are all listed together in one column so I can scan all my email in one sitting without having to log in to all my separate accounts. There’s lots of things here I haven’t even explored much. It has a calculator and can take memos. I can probably floss with it… This morning it woke me up at 6 AM with an escalating alarm tone until I hit the snooze on it.

Above: a photo shot by me at Windansea during sunset last night with my Blackberry Curve 8330. Click the pick for a cropped image edited from it, Photoshopped for clarity. It’s at the exact, generated pixels created when photographed with the handset.

According to Blackberry.com here’s an overview of the features this device offers:

“Featuring a liquid silver finish, clean lines and soft edges, the BlackBerry® Curve™ 8300 smartphone is the smallest and lightest BlackBerry® smartphone ever to come with a full QWERTY keyboard.

It’s packed with incredible features*, including a camera, BlackBerry® Maps, a media player, expandable memory, Voice-Activated Dialing, tethered modem and trackball navigation. Plus you get all the core functionality you’ve come to expect in a BlackBerry smartphone — email and text messaging, instant messaging, web browser and advanced phone functionality…”

So I’m finally going totally wireless, PDA and cyber with all my business. If you want me you can find me on the internet. I signed up for my first account with AT&T and/or their affiliates at age 19 in 1983. Reagan was in his first term and gas was about 5-cents per gallon. But I’ve recently cancelled my 25 year-old ongoing landline account relationship with AT&T as well as the toll-free business account I’ve had with them since 1998 or before; I forget, it’s been so long since I acquired it. I got that toll-free back when they began changing the area codes in San Diego… It was either shortly after they added 858, which screwed up all the advertising I had out there on my business line based in Pacific Beach, or shortly after they put in the 760 out in North County. I think it was after they jacked me up with the 858 area code… I felt imposed upon. Why not let all the people with already established accounts in that area keep their old phone number? Let them be grandfathered in. But no, now they needed to start screwing us around all willy-nilly.

And now with AT&T being the right-wing’s tarty little floozy with providing personal data and rolling over and spreading its legs by allowing unwarranted wiretapping whenever asked, without even an argument in defense of longtime account holders like me – I got my first account with AT&T when it was all a part of “Ma Bell” back in the early 1980’s – I just figure fuck ‘em, the whores. I mean, real hookers are one thing; hey, if you’re a real hooker ideally all you do is provide sex for money, right? But what I mean here of course is “whore” in the larger metaphorical sense, in that it’s someone (AT&T) that does something which most people consider immoral in exchange for money. They’re crooks, Richard Nixon, and at the moment the political climate in the USA is providing no protection for its citizens from them. I’ve had it with AT&T’s overcharging and account-billing dissimilitude. So after 25 years it’s goodbye to the AT&T landline for me. I’m selling my fax machine. There’s better options now, thank god. Times have changes and AT&T isn’t the only game in town. You no longer need to be in the Yellow Pages for your customers to call you; Google has taken the place of 411. My 8330 Curve Blackberry is my new call center.

This is 2008. Who the hell would call their company an acronym for “American Telephone and Telegraph” now anyways?

~RR

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