Death by Blackberry

What am I going to do?

So, I am now, officially, the less than one percent of smartphone users still attached to my Blackberry.  And yes, I do mean attached.  I love my Blackberry.  I don’t know what I will do without my raised keyboard, the way my email and texts display, the sharpest pictures I have seen (so say my family and friends when they see how clear my photos – they exclaim, “Wow, your photos are so sharp and clear!”).

Of course, they also say things like, “What is that?  I wouldn’t know how to use one of those things anymore!”, instantly throwing me into the old folks’ arena, shifting me solidly into the ancient demographic known as ‘former Blackberry users’.

But, seriously, this is going to be a tough separation for me.  I have been a Blackberry user for as long as I can remember – graduating from the basic to the bold to the classic.  All I know is Blackberry.

Oh sure, I’ve helped my husband load and work with his iphone, but I have to say, my thumbs don’t move lightly over the keypad.  They feel clumsy, unable to deftly type out a text.  I keep hitting one key and getting another letter.  Whew, drives me nuts.  I know, I know, I will adjust.  But at this point, I don’t want to adjust, I want my Blackberry.

So, I am already experiencing Kubler Ross’s first two stages of grief (denial and anger) and I haven’t even given the Blackberry up.  But I hear the Grim Reaper at the door.  My sister, a long time BB user and lover, just went over to the other side, to the dreaded iphone with the keypad and those silly looking bubbles for texts.  My BFF loves her Samsung-whatever and another comrade-in-arms, a colleague, is bemoaning her loss (she switched over last week and is in denial) and wishing she could have her BB back.

I’m wondering if there are any BB support groups out there, those whom have already faced ‘death by Blackberry’, who have passed through the five stages of grief, who can pass along some sage advice.  Someone who can help me when I finally let go and accept the ‘death of my Blackberry.’  I am in denial now, thinking I don’t have to accept the change, anger at those out there who drove BB into the ground and left me without support.  Soon I will be into bargaining when I finally succumb and go to the Bell store.

And then I will have to face depression because I won’t be completely free of my BB.    This is the worst part.  I will have accepted my smartphone fate and switched over, but BB remnants will still be with me.  I will have to set up my accounts, transfer over my Contacts, and reset my Calendar.  It will be painful.  Eventually, I will accept that this is my new smartphone life.

Goodbye, old friend.  May I forget you soon.

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