I must confess that I only know Blackberry (BB) after I saw in the papers that President Obama is using it. There is even a book written on Obama's Blackberry by Kasper Hauser. Before this, we were more familiar with Nokia, Sony Ericsson and Samsung phones, but now, we can also find a BB long distance cousin by the name of "Blueberry" from China.
My first encounter with a BB was the unit that I won from a contest jointly sponsored by Celcom, and the model was Blackberry Curve 8520. After using it for some time, I knew I had became a fan, and I bought another for my spouse so that we can do BB Messenger. Frankly, the thing that captured my attention and interest were the keypad and its distinctive BB look.
Nowadays, the waves of smartphones is hitting everyone like tsunami, where everyone is thinking of having one. Blackberry Torch is the latest kid of the BB family, and it comes with the same look as his siblings but with additional touch screen feature. I am used to touch and type feature because I carry 2 phones due to my work nature; a touch screen phone, and a Blackberry Curve.
I think both touch screen and BB keyboard complement each other, rather than competing with each other. With a full 3.2 inch touch screen, I can browse and pinch through websites effortlessly, while zapping between pages. Besides, playing the multimedia such as video or audio player would be easier to control and maneuver with touch screen.
As a heavy SMS user and blogger, I would definitely rank having a QWERTY keyboard as a must have. I might feel awkward updating my entries and updates in Twitter and Facebook without punching on the keypad. I also used it quite often during my game session. It is really having the best of both worlds in one tiny smart gadget.
I would recommend to sign up for a data plan if you own a BB, especially in this digital age. If you notice closely and study thoroughly, Celcom actually offers some affordable packages that comes with an offer of the newly launched BB Torch 9800 phone at eye captivating prices. For the beginners or potential user of phone web surfing, the basic package of Celcom Exec 50 is sufficient for you to kick start the habit. The monthly commitment is not too taxing, only RM118 per month and this includes call and data packages.
What's more, it comes with an irresistible offer of BB Torch 9800 at only RM1,688, with a saving of RM500 compared to its promotional RRP price of RM2,188.
At the recent Celcom Blackberry Torch launching event on 29 October 2010, "craziness" and "8" were the words of the day with offers such as RM8 for a brand new Blackberry Torch for the 1st 10 customers to sign up for Celcom Exec or Celcom Biz. I believe the first 210 customers must have camped at Pavilion the night before, as the next 100 customers got it for RM488, and the remaining 100 customers got it for RM888. This made me recall a memory of the long queue I went through at overseas, where I was in the queue for 4 hours just to enter the museum for free.
The offer also comes with a FREE Limited Edition BlackBerry Torch Door Cover, FREE BlackBerry Torch hard casing plus FREE Call Me Tones for 1 month worth RM5, games, apps for BlackBerry®. Just Dial *118#, and select STUFF FOR BLACKBERRY!