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Want Blackberry 8800? Get in line

FROM THE TRENCHES: Research In Motion(RIMM) is riding high these days, thanks to sleek and sexy Blackberry Pearl. The slimmed down email-monster is one of the hottest selling devices, not just in the US but also in the farthest corners of the world.

Seems like they are going to do an encore with their new Blackberry 8800 device as well. As luck would have it, I had two meetings today, both in the vicinity of Cingular (AT&T) stores, and had a few minutes of downtime.

I decided to pop-in and get a first hand look at the new slimmed down Blackberry, and if it felt good enough, then buy one.

No such luck: both stores were sold out and the sales persons told me there is a waiting list. It be atleast a week before I can get my paws on one of these lovelies. The scarcity is making me crave the device more. Damn – this thing is as hot as Wii before the holidays. Will the momentum sustain itself or will it go the way of the Nintendo Wii?

5 Responses to “Want Blackberry 8800? Get in line”

  1. RIM is getting way too niche!
    if you ask me, I see the Blackberry going out of European shirt pockets, simply because it shows a man tied to his work.

    Design-wise, it would be nice to see a device which does everything, but doesn’t show that it can!



  2. Today, wsj reviewed the 8800. It’s a nice addition to the lineup, but the keyboard is not as convenient as before. This might be the only reason that might keep users from buying it.

  3. Yup, the Blackberry is definitely a hot item, but you the analogy to the the Wii is a bit off – the numbers today show the Wii running away from the competition in January. Once in a while times hot items become runaway hits that transcend their niche…