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Take My BlackBerry—Please!

Pity the poor BlackBerry user in D.C.

For years, the devices carried a certain dorky status, at least among the Capitol Hill set; obsessively checking your email at happy hour showed you were important, or at least you thought you were. These days, though, the only thing carrying a BlackBerry tells people is that you haven’t gotten around to upgrading to an iPhone or an Android yet. And now RIM, the Canadian company that makes the no-longer-even-remotely-hip smartphones, is reportedly on the way to bankruptcy. Even here in the Washington area, where (as the Post noted this month) many agencies still cling to the devices, people are ditching their BlackBerries faster than you can ask Siri where to dispose of used electronics. Here’s a sampling of recent Craigslist ads offering BlackBerries for sale:

• Device9630

Price: $150

Owner's Comments to Sweeten the Deal: I will include an extra new battery, silicone cover, belt holster and docking/charging stand at no extra charge.

Obsolescence Index: 3

• Device8700

Price: $30

Owner's Comments to Sweeten the Deal: Asking $30 or best offer.

Obsolescence Index: 1

• DevicePlaybook tablet

Price: $170

Owner's Comments to Sweeten the Deal: Excellent product and condition, barely used and simply don’t need anymore.

Obsolescence Index: 4

• DeviceStorm

Price: $150

Owner's Comments to Sweeten the Deal: The back is missing, Im just selling it because i don’t need it. Text me if my price is to high just tell me.

Obsolescence Index: 2

• DeviceBold

Price: $200

Owner's Comments to Sweeten the Deal: basically brand new, only used it for 3 months and switched to an iPhone.

Obsolescence Index: 5

Illustration by Brooke Hatfield

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  • Ben

    Good riddance. And let me state for the record that I'll be glad we won't have to hear the Hill people referring to them as "crackberries". "You get it? Because I use the damn thing so much, it's as addictive as crack cocaine" Ho, ho, ho! Hilarious!

  • Aging Hippie

    Blackberry is a better smartphone for *work* than Apple, Android, or Windows. I want tools, not toys. And I want a phone that voice dials the right person, or at least asks if it's not sure, and a phone that doesn't give you a static shock if you hold it naturally, and where the microphone isn't a single tiny hole positioned exactly where your finger would naturally go. I want GPS that works and knows the names of the streets, I want to sync to Outlook without Exchange and without exposing my contacts to "the cloud", I want a phone that doesn't need a midday charge to make it through the workday.

    I'm going to miss Blackberry - these others are all crap. I wish I'd gotten a torch instead of this HTC Arrive...

  • Tony P

    I'm perfectly happy with my Android phone. Has touch screen and slide out keyboard, voice recognition, Evi (Android version of Siri), etc. And I have my personal email, business email, etc. on it. So you can clutch your crackberry until you die, but newer phones do it all with bigger screens and more options.

  • Shelly

    I had an android that always shut down for no reason and would start back up. I switched to blackberry and have been completely happy. I enjoy it and don't care about the Iphone. I don't even like the ipad.

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