Noticed @enjoyGlobe has been pushing @BlackBerry heavily. WAIT TILL QNX only an idiot will get $RIMM now.
I've been noticing that Globe has been pushing BlackBerry heavily on twitter and on their site. But you would be an idiot to take up that offer now.
If you are transitioning from a feature phone please consider getting an Android device (HTC, Samsung ones look really nice) and of course an iPhone should be on your shortlist. It is my opinion that RIM is not a practical smartphone choice at this time.
So why is Globe pushing BB heavily? I suspect is it's to dispose of aging stocks of OS5/OS6 devices. clear the slate for OS7
BlackBerry will lock you in to their proprietary server based service. I have been telling everyone this is an additional point of failure. The strength of the RIM platform is tied to the carrier. They use less data than any other smartphone. Carriers love them because of this and carriers can also charge extra for BIS/BES service. Again as a consumer you do not need to pay this! If you have data on your iPhone or even on your 2009 Treo Pro you can get push email and instant messaging.
The BlackBerry is right now moving from their DOS looking OS5/OS6 to OS7 none of the current generation devices will be upgradeable to OS7 bec they have underpowered all these! OS7 will be around for 1 year only because so far the plan is to move to QNX (which is on their PlayBook tablet)
The only reason to get a BlackBerry is if your company requires it and pays for it, but consumers should stay away to #1 save on monthly fees (24 months is the minimum contract locally yes?), #2 not get bogged down with a device that has ZERO update path #3 and it is an additional point of failure.
When you go abroad and put in a pre-paid SIM card from a different telco you loose all your BB services until you register w/ that telco. So if you want to retain the use of your BB stuff you need to roam, and we all know how carriers make a mint off of that.
BlackBerry = shackles you to unnecessary fees, and restrictions, what you get in exchange is available even without BES/BIS. Any mobile warrior interested in freedom to move from network to network should stay away permanently.
BlackBerry 9900 Bold Touch their new flagship model looks awesome on paper but it's 2 years late. This will ship with OS7 but at the moment will not be able to work w/ QNX.
Conclusion: $RIMM is it's transitional phase trying to stay relevant & competitive in a world where people demand more from their devices. They are hemoraging users from Enterprise and consumer side as most people see other platforms as more appealing. Buying a new device now with a 2 year contract will be an idiotic move because their devices will not be upgradeable. You will be investing in a guaranteed obsolete platform (OS6/OS7).
If you disagree with this drop a note in the comments to explain why.
full disclosure: Longtime WindowsMobile user, that switched to an iPhone 3GS when Microsoft abandoned the Philippine smartphone market, I now use an iPhone4. I dabbled w/ Android pre-Froyo for a few months (looking into dabbling some more when they get their act together)