Millions of addicted e-mail readers may be wandering aimlessly through airports and streets holding lifeless, sandwich-size, slabs of plastic after today's anticipated court decision regarding the patent infringement battle between RIM (maker of Blackberry) and NTP (holder of the patent).
Blackberries (euphemistically referred to as "Crack" berries due to their addictive nature) send and receive e-mail messages and can also serve as contact managers, calendars, cell phones, and other functions.
They are used by about 3 million Americans, including Bush administration officials, members of Congress and their staff. Some have mused that Washington, DC might shutdown if NTP wins the court case and RIM is forced to disconnect all Blackberries. Of course, others see that as a desirable outcome.
Some Crackberry users complain about carpel tunnel-like injuries to their thumbs due to overuse of the tiny keyboards to send a steady stream of e-mail messages. This means the patent infringement law suit may just be the beginning of Blackberry's legal battles.
[This post was type on a QWERTY keyboard using all 10 fingers]