Lots of pissed BlackBerry users today, all of whom are unhappy at a widespread outage yesterday on the popular mobile device’s email network. As only a recent & sometime BlackBerry user, I was hit by this last night, but my main reaction was a shrug, followed by hopping over to Gmail mobile, where all my mail funnels anyway.
While I understand the irritation and frustration, I also think this is a great reminder of the fundamental problems with the BlackBerry network. It is, in a word, too smart, with too much of the intelligence in the network, to the point that if the network wobbles, you are screwed. With a dumb pipe and smart devices, a la Gmail Mobile, such is not a problem.