We have about 40 Blackberries in use at Learfield. I still remember how cool that device was the day we received and got it working with our Blackberry Enterprise Sever. No longer did you have to sit in front of a computer to retrieve your corporate email. Now, several years later, I wonder how long RIM will remain on top. We all know that when the giant (Microsoft) finally awakes and decides it wants something, it's typically just a matter of time until they own the market.
I've been testing one of Microsoft's Pocket PC based smart phones for about 3 months now and love it. I'll admit to lusting after one of those sexy thumb-wheels, but all-in-all I've made the transition. The Pocket PC provides for a much richer experience; Pocket Word, Pocket Excel, Acrobat Reader, Internet Explorer – where does one stop? This is unlike RIM's conversion of attachments to text; with my Pocket PC I work in native formats using "mini" office like programs. With Microsoft's cash, an extensive developer network, and a device that looks and feels a lot like my desktop, I have to conclude it a matter of time.
Did I mention, it talks directly to Exchange 2003, no need for another sever, additional software, or service contracts – just check a box on the Exchange server and you're in business. Oh yeah, it only costs me an extra $5 on top of my cell bill to get email – not $50.