Rupert Goodwins' Diary

Monday 26/02/2001More news from the debt-bloated Leviathan, BT, which has decided that what the country needs is Blackberries. You may not have heard of these devices, which have been spectacularly popular in the US: they're basically two-way pagers that let you receive and send email on the hoof.

Monday
26/02/2001 More news from the debt-bloated Leviathan, BT, which has decided that what the country needs is Blackberries. You may not have heard of these devices, which have been spectacularly popular in the US: they're basically two-way pagers that let you receive and send email on the hoof. In the States, where they still haven't got the hang of telephones without cables, this is seen as something absolutely marvellous. Over here, where text messages have already replaced most forms of social interaction, the idea of yet another small black box to lug around and keep fed with batteries and cash may fall on somewhat more stony ground. But BT knows what's good for us. We might want GPRS cards for our PDAs, we might want GPRS handsets, but we're going to get Blackberries instead. Presumably it's decided that wireless-enabled CE devices -- last year's grand plan -- just aren't good enough. Expect most sales to go to corporates for more money than one might consider decent -- unless the wireless division is hived off by next year, when it might just be able to shake off the legacies of empire.