8 things to do with an old Blackberry

In light of the recent dismal earnings report, the umpteenth delay of their new OS, and the fact that more people are using Facebook Chat than BBM, a new wave of former Blackberry enthusiasts will be collectively chucking their devices in the next few months.

Being a recovering Crackberry addict myself, I have recently decided to trade up. If you're like me, you have several of these devices lying around. Rather than let these things collect dust, I've compiled a list of things to do with your old blackberry.

Before we get to what you should be doing with your old blackberry, I wanted to be clear – this is not an attempt to convert blackberry loyalists. Once upon a time, I too couldn't live without the tiny, tactile keyboard, or the trackball that was rendered useless after an attempt to use it while eating fried chicken. I, too, longed to stare at the loading clock when doing simple tasks like sending a text message. I know the struggles.

So for those of you who have left Blackberry behind and have moved on to greener pastures, here are a few things you might do with your old devices:

  • You can do the noble thing and donate to charity. Most carriers have recycle programs.
  • Keep one as a backup in case your current phone suffers an untimely death.
  • Smother it in peanut butter, or some other food product of your choice, and let your dog play with it.
  • Use it to prop up wobbly furniture. The old curve works great under a table leg or unsteady barstool.
  • Use it as a decoy. Inadvertently made eye contact with someone you don't want to have small talk with? Start "typing an email" on your decoy device.
  • Melt it down and fashion it into a cool new belt, or slippers for the homeless
  • Gather your friends who also have old blackberries, channel your inner rednecks, and have a skeet shooting party
  • Mount it on your computer or somewhere on your desk. The matte black screen is great reflective surface and will let you see if anyone is coming up behind you.

So play one more epic game of brick breaker. Hopefully by the end of this, your old blackberry will have gone the way of the dinosaur….It can't hurt you anymore.

Author's note If you, or someone you know, is still willingly using a Blackberry as their primary device, they need an intervention.

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10y
BTbanker, what's your opinion? Comment below:
WallStreetOasis.com:
guilty....thinking of upgrading to Samsung Galaxy III. good choice?
I've been a long-time Android user, but I think I'm going to hold out for the iPhone 5 that should drop in September.
10y
WallStreetOasis.com, what's your opinion? Comment below:
Connor:
WallStreetOasis.com:
guilty....thinking of upgrading to Samsung Galaxy III. good choice?
I've been a long-time Android user, but I think I'm going to hold out for the iPhone 5 that should drop in September.

yeah, I'm a bit torn if I should wait for iphone 5 or go to android...what is tough is that I am so fast with email+text on my crackberry and that is what I am doing ~70% of the time. the touchscreen may kill me.

10y
BTbanker, what's your opinion? Comment below:
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Connor:
WallStreetOasis.com:
guilty....thinking of upgrading to Samsung Galaxy III. good choice?
I've been a long-time Android user, but I think I'm going to hold out for the iPhone 5 that should drop in September.

yeah, I'm a bit torn if I should wait for iphone 5 or go to android...what is tough is that I am so fast with email+text on my crackberry and that is what I am doing ~70% of the time. the touchscreen may kill me.

A lot of people have that issue with the transition, but it really doesn't take long to get used to it. The BB Bold keyboard is definitely in a league of it's own though. Nothing wrong with having two phones haha.
10y
Ravena, what's your opinion? Comment below:
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Connor:
WallStreetOasis.com:
guilty....thinking of upgrading to Samsung Galaxy III. good choice?
I've been a long-time Android user, but I think I'm going to hold out for the iPhone 5 that should drop in September.

yeah, I'm a bit torn if I should wait for iphone 5 or go to android...what is tough is that I am so fast with email+text on my crackberry and that is what I am doing ~70% of the time. the touchscreen may kill me.

You will regret the switch to a touch screen the first week you upgrade but it gets easier after that. By the next month you'll feel weird without it. Plus, you can look at keyboards such as swype which may even increase your writing speed over a solid keyboard.

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10y
That_Aston, what's your opinion? Comment below:
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Connor:
WallStreetOasis.com:
guilty....thinking of upgrading to Samsung Galaxy III. good choice?
I've been a long-time Android user, but I think I'm going to hold out for the iPhone 5 that should drop in September.

yeah, I'm a bit torn if I should wait for iphone 5 or go to android...what is tough is that I am so fast with email+text on my crackberry and that is what I am doing ~70% of the time. the touchscreen may kill me.

DON'T get android. I've had an android for the past 2 years (Evo 4G) and the thing always freezes and turns off A LOT. Just a heed of warning. Go for iP5

Here to learn and hopefully pass on some knowledge as well. SB if I helped.
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10y
BTbanker, what's your opinion? Comment below:
That_Aston:
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Connor:
WallStreetOasis.com:
guilty....thinking of upgrading to Samsung Galaxy III. good choice?
I've been a long-time Android user, but I think I'm going to hold out for the iPhone 5 that should drop in September.

yeah, I'm a bit torn if I should wait for iphone 5 or go to android...what is tough is that I am so fast with email+text on my crackberry and that is what I am doing ~70% of the time. the touchscreen may kill me.

DON'T get android. I've had an android for the past 2 years (Evo 4G) and the thing always freezes and turns off A LOT. Just a heed of warning. Go for iP5

Exactly why I'm getting the iPhone 5. I'm just glad that I'm not the only one (Droid X2) who is having these problems.
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10y
Bobb, what's your opinion? Comment below:
That_Aston:
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Connor:
WallStreetOasis.com:
guilty....thinking of upgrading to Samsung Galaxy III. good choice?
I've been a long-time Android user, but I think I'm going to hold out for the iPhone 5 that should drop in September.

yeah, I'm a bit torn if I should wait for iphone 5 or go to android...what is tough is that I am so fast with email+text on my crackberry and that is what I am doing ~70% of the time. the touchscreen may kill me.

DON'T get android. I've had an android for the past 2 years (Evo 4G) and the thing always freezes and turns off A LOT. Just a heed of warning. Go for iP5

My roommates iPhone freezes all the time as well. Its going to happen to anything.
-Everything an iPhone does Android does -Everything Android does an iPhone cannot do There is just much more customization and features with Android, not everything phone is identical. Each release Apple says they have a new great product and they rarely make changes. They've added notifcation pull down and folders which my BB and Android had for years. They added a feature to send a text instead of answering a call which my Android does. They won't use flash (though that is ending on all mobile devices)

I've actually heard great things about the new Windows phones as well, its just too bad they have an inferior app selection

10y
minibar, what's your opinion? Comment below:
Connor:
WallStreetOasis.com:
guilty....thinking of upgrading to Samsung Galaxy III. good choice?
I've been a long-time Android user, but I think I'm going to hold out for the iPhone 5 that should drop in September.

I don't really expect the iPhone 5 to be much different from the iPhone 4/4s. Maybe wait for the iPhone 5s - rumors of which will undoubtedly start to spread 3 weeks after the iPhone 5 is released. In any case, I think right now would be the worst time to invest in a new phone with so many new handsets coming out in Sept/Oct.

10y
FeelingMean, what's your opinion? Comment below:

After months of denial, I have come to this conclusion about my beloved Blackberry as well. That shit is like four years old..

"That dude is so haole, he don't even have any breath left."
10y
minibar, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I just got the HTC One S and its the best phone I've had to date. I've never had an iPhone so I'll refrain from any anti iPhone comments for now...

10y
APAE, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Rumor has it that the iPhone 5 was actually Steve Jobs' last full product. That was the reason the 4S was so similar to the 4, because he completely ignored it to focus on his last product knowing his condition was deteriorating. If this is true, I fully expect to be wowed. I have a 4S and will be upgrading to the 5 most likely.

I am permanently behind on PMs, it's not personal.

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HumPiranha88, what's your opinion? Comment below:
APAE:
Rumor has it that the iPhone 5 was actually Steve Jobs' last full product. That was the reason the 4S was so similar to the 4, because he completely ignored it to focus on his last product knowing his condition was deteriorating. If this is true, I fully expect to be wowed. I have a 4S and will be upgrading to the 5 most likely.

Hope this is the case and then it sucks.

10y
burnsy, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Before anyone commits to an iPhone..... I'm a long time user of the iPhone (3, 4, 4s) and I'm sick of the weakness of the glass in the 4/4s. My iphone 4s has cracked twice in the last two months (paid $105 to repair, had to argue to bring it down from $210). And yesterday, the second crack, was the result of a 10cm fall. Literally 10cm on to pavement!

Expecting a big improvement, but god, I still love Apple.

"All things are difficult before they are easy" - Thomas Fuller
10y
That_Aston, what's your opinion? Comment below:

^ You are the 1st person I've ever encountered to say an iPhone is prone to freezing.

Here to learn and hopefully pass on some knowledge as well. SB if I helped.
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turtles, what's your opinion? Comment below:
minibar:
Use it as a decoy. Inadvertently made eye contact with someone you don't want to have small talk with? Start "typing an email" on your decoy device.
This, I suppose, could actually come in handy when traveling. Keep your real phone in some secret pocket and your decoy berry in your main pocket. If you're ever mugged, just hand over the berry. I've never been mugged so I can't speak from experience but I suppose it's always good to be proactive and prepare for the worst.
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