What’s A Little Regulation?

The recent hullaballoo in the UAE over the imminent ban on Blackberry service come October has ruffled feathers on both sides of the Atlantic. But what about the little guy?

I work for a company with offices worldwide and I can’t help but wonder what this means for other businesses – big and small – who so happen to have honest, hard-working, red-eye flying individuals who live and breathe by their BlackBerries.

Reports are early and it’s much too late in the evening to draw a firm conclusion, but I can’t help but think about the innocent men and women out there who will have to bear a hardship (yes, for some of us busy folk, going without a Blackberry is considered a hardship) and what kind of impact that will have on their work, even their families.

What kind of an impact will this have on Blackberry? And where’s iPhone?

Full story at the drop: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6700C920100802


#FINALLY Foursquare for BlackBerry

Last week, the long awaited Foursquare mobile app was made available to BlackBerry users.

Must we take it seriously? Hell, yes. Just look at the numbers.

In North America, for example, the iPhone accounts for 65% of mobile usage, while the DROID and BlackBerry are at 8% and rising. In Europe, the iPhone accounts for 46% of mobile usage, while the DROID and BlackBerry are at 3% and rising. Source: Quantcast Mobile Report

At first blush, it may seem too small a number to consider when looking at Big Daddy iPhone, but we’re talking about potentially reaching tens of millions, not forgetting Asia and Oceania where BlackBerry usage is even greater. Also consider London, LA and NYC were some of the biggest users of Foursquare even before the BlackBerry app.

Think about the typical BlackBerry user. We either own our own device out of necessity or have it assigned to us for work purposes. Why? To remain “plugged-in” while on-the-go. Will the urge to “check-in” from our favorite lunch meeting spot be too hard to resist? Only time will tell.

For now, I recommend signing up and trying out the Beta. It may not be perfect for all of your clients, but certainly something you’ll want to bring to the next board meeting.