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Old 11-23-2005, 09:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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how many people here have a blackberry for personal use only? im jsut curious because it seems like almost everyone that has a blackberry has it because work issued it to them. do any of you personal users find it useful enough for only personal use?
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Old 11-23-2005, 09:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
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how many people here have a blackberry for personal use only? im jsut curious because it seems like almost everyone that has a blackberry has it because work issued it to them. do any of you personal users find it useful enough for only personal use?
I purchased my blackberry for personal use, but find it very useful to have my work email go to it too.
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Old 11-23-2005, 10:38 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I do have a BB through work but also use it for personal stuff too. IF I didnt have one through work, I do seeing having one only for personal. Its a great way to keep connected if your the tech person.
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I use mine for personal use only. I am a college student, and at times it seems a little bit of overkill, but I think it is very useful and definitely worth it. Most of my teachers/coaches/friends use email very frequently to reach me and to keep schedules and such updated. I always had a tendency to not check my email so the blackberry does a great job of helping me stay updated with everything. Also the other things such as berry411, AIM via Rambler, and keyboard have made my life much easier and even saved me several times when in a difficult position. Being able to recieve/send email anywhere at anytime with the BB push technology is a huge help with my daily life. Hope this response helps you.
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i use it for both actually.. for business use its great, obviously..

for personal use - it's great in a club situation. texting messages when speakers are too loud to speak. i have verichat with my yahoo/msn/aim/icq and its great for staying in touch on the go within my social circle. most of the club folks go with the sidekick cause of the built i AIM from what I can tell.. but with verichat - i'm doin even better than they are.
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I totally use it for both. I mean like 50-50.
I text message everyone like crazy, cuts down on cell usage huge!
My boss and I used to communicate via DC (on a seperate phone), and I had to pay $50CDN/month, and now we PIN like mad. It's awesome!
I have the Yak-on, so I MSN people a ton too.
Plus I'm involved in so many projects (professional and personal), that I tell everyone that the only way they'll get a prompt response is to e-mail it to me, that way I have it in front of me all the time.
It's also so nice to be able to "work" and surf the net on the couch!
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I use it for both personal and work. My job has me out of the office a lot and it is a great way to keep in touch with my employees. My BB also comes in very handy for keeping up with my buying/selling on eBay.
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im a 50 50 user too
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95% work, 5% personal (as a necessity). I'm not much for being reachable 100% of the time (I have other things to do) so if work is paying for the device then I will use it during work hours (and on call hours) but other than that, I turn it off. If I absolutely have to be in contact with someone, then I'll carry it around and only turn it on during specific times.
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lol wow....according to my friends i am gadget junky....the bb for me is a 100 percent personal use although ima start using it for work as well but at times it seems like overkill yes i agree but hey being able to solve a problem in 2 minutes where i would have bene worrying baout all day til i got to my pc is worth it all.....IMO but yeah bought my own bb and i pay my own plan
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Old 11-24-2005, 10:58 AM   #11 (permalink)
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how many people here have a blackberry for personal use only?
I got it for personal use and it is turned out to be 50-50 or so. Sometimes more work, sometimes more personal, I've been using BlackBerry since early 2001.
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Old 11-24-2005, 11:56 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I bought it for personal use. Started doing that 100% of the time. THen our consultant at work got one and we constantly PIN each other. THen I discovered desktopmobile.com, well I started using t to connect with my office computer and control all the servers from it when I am away from the office like when i went on vacation and got called the second day out when i was over 150 miles away. I was able to log into my machine ad resolve the problem avoding a 300 mile round trip and a days vacation lost. (not to say how ticked my wife would have been). I obviously get e-mail from both work and personal on it. I installed Ramble and now stay in touch with key personel in the office. Password keeper helps me with passwords for over 40 machines at the office alone, not to then keep track of all log in information all over the place. So bottom line is that it started as 100% personal and now it is in reality more loke 50% - 50%.
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Old 11-24-2005, 12:22 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I guess my issue is i originally wanted to get one for work, but work wont allow me to connect with their server unless I am assigned one for work purposes. Which means it will be for personal use only and I'm not sure if it would be completely worth it but it seems like it might just be for even portable web surfing
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My situation is a bit different. I bought my first BlackBerry (7100t) for personal use BUT was able to slip in under the RADAR for the company that I work for and be added to the BES. So I'm one of those guys that has a personal BlackBerry on a company BES. I love it too because the BlackBerry that they offered was not a 7100 series. I've since switched to a 7100i and was worried for a second that I'd be done and the company I work for would find out that I didn't have a company issued BlackBerry. All I did was hot sync with the new BlackBerry, the BES saw it had a different PIN and then asked if I'd like to use this new PIN instead. It was that easy!

So 100% personal with business thrown in here and there.
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