Welcome to the 411, my column answering all your questions about cell phones and cell phone accessories. I receive plenty of questions about these subjects via e-mail, so I figured many of you might have similar queries, too. At times, I might solicit answers from readers if I'm stumped. Send your questions and comments to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you prefer to remain anonymous, let me know in the e-mail.
Question: I currently have the LG Optimus V, and am looking to switch phones. My friends all have BlackBerrys, and I was thinking about getting the Bold 9930. My question is, what happens if RIM goes under while I still am still under contract? What do you think the chances of that are? Thank you so much. -- Luke, via e-mail
Many industry professionals are skeptical about RIM's longevity (including us), so you're right to be cautious about it. Still, I wouldn't be too pessimistic. In the event that RIM goes under, your contract will be unaffected since your contract is not with the manufacturer, but with the carrier. So from that perspective, you're free to get a BlackBerry if you want. And who knows, RIM might find a way to redeem itself. The company still has many loyal BlackBerry fans.
That said, you still might not want to get the current crop of BlackBerrys. The latest BlackBerrys run on BlackBerry 7 OS, which is certainly an improvement over previous iterations, but RIM has already announced that it will be moving to its next-generation operating system (QNX, which already powers the Playbook) next year. If you get a new BlackBerry now, you might be stuck with an outdated OS about halfway through your contract. If you're OK with that, sure, go ahead and get one. But just make sure you've considered all your options before taking the two-year-contract plunge.… Read more