Nicole Perlroth of the New York Times suggests this week that the era of the BlackBerry may be over. In fact, having a BlackBerry today may even carry a stigma:
BlackBerrys may still linger in Washington, Wall Street and the legal profession, but in Silicon Valley they are as rare as a necktie.
But even in these establishments, change is happening:
Goldman Sachs recently gave its employees the option to use an iPhone. Covington & Burling, a major law firm, did the same at the urging of associates. Even the White House, which used the BlackBerry for security reasons, recently started supporting the iPhone. (Some staff members suspect that decision was influenced by President Obama, who now prefers his iPad for national security briefings. A spokesman for the White House declined to comment.)
A video of the new L-Series BlackBerry phone with touchscreen was leaked recently. But will it be enough? And why is the N-Series planning on restoring a physical keyboard?
Are you seeing the end of the BlackBerry in your practice? (Disclosure of RIM stock is probably a prudent prerequisite).