Talk about Blackberry Blunders.
For more than 12 hours last night and into much of the day today, I, along with countless others, were left dead in the water thanks to a widespread system failure that left Blackberry devices in the Western Hemisphere unable to handle e-mails.
I should have realized something was wrong when I noticed at 8:15 p.m. last night that I hadn’t received any e-mail, but then again I just thought everything was running smoothly, my Gadget Freaks were working diligently and there was nothing amiss. How wrong I was.
To make matters worse, because the problem concerned the Blackberry network, reports said all cellular carriers supporting Blackberry devices were affected. On a lighter note, it still worked as a phone, just couldn’t tell me what was happening or if I was missing any meetings.
News outlets across the spectrum kept me updated with their reports throughout the day and projected when I’d be back in business. News.com reported the problem was due to a “backlog of e-mails stemming from a service outage, which was first reported on the New York metro news site WNBC.com.”
Research In Motion saw their shares drop in pre-market trading this morning, but said in an afternoon report on MSN.com that the stock turned positive once the system was back up and running.
The best is a comment from CNBC’s Jim Gordon who speculated the outage could have affected voting results since the outage happened on an American Idol voting night. You’re kidding me right? I don’t care about American Idol, I care about being in touch with my fellow Gadget Freaks.
I’m sure there will be some fallout to this. Can’t wait to hear the explanation on this one.
Maybe someone could create a gadget that would allow the Blackberry to work on a backup network should something happen to its main service. Now that's a gadget I'm sure many would be interested in.