Man, Verizon must hate BlackBerry consumers …

Way back in ancient times, back when I was married … yeah, that was ancient times … my wife signed us all up for a Verizon cell phone plan.  She got the “good” phone, and my kid and I received the “two free phones” that came with it. I should note that the “free phone”…

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The BlackBerry Key3 false alarm and the RED HYDROGEN One pipe dream

If you know anything about me, you know that my cell phone of choice is a BlackBerry.  It’s been BlackBerry for most of my life, going all the way back to the old side scroll wheel and the monochrome LCD screen.  That’s how I roll.  And I kept going with BlackBerry ever since – all…

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“In moral crisis” or “immoral crisis”? Oh you wacky cell phone, you…

I was driving through Greene County yesterday, and out of the corner of my eye, I spotted something. It was a very distinctive artistic spraypainted tag.  Someone had makred up a steel girder with an American flag. Not just any American flag, mind you … an upside-down flag. As you know from flag etiquette, an…

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Another reason to support BlackBerry phones … Donald Trump doesn’t use one.

Yesterday, I’m watching MSNBC – I’m watching a lot of MSNBC for some reason, maybe it’s to pick up references to obscure rap lyrics from Ari Melber, or to guess if Lawrence O’Donnell’s questions to the panelists are twice as long as the panelist’s answers… And the MSNBC hosts announced that President Donald Trump is…

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Playing chess with the Red Check: or, why Verizon’s insurance plan covers … nothing

I’ve had my BlackBerry PRIV for almost two years now, and it’s a fantastic smartphone.  Probably the smartest smartphone out there. And last Wednesday, the dummy who owned it dropped it off the edge of a table.  Chuck is a dummy. Yep.  Crack in the screen.  Nasty one. But not as nasty as what I…

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Verizon’s gonna hate me … like they don’t already…

There’s two significant reasons why Verizon hates me.  The first is that I’m one of the last subscribers to sign up for the original “lifetime unlimited data” plan, and no matter how many times they’ve tried, they can’t get me to walk away from it.  Nyah. The second reason is that I am not interested…

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Another Verizon “nickel and dime” trick

It started last week, when I noticed something different about the phone numbers on my Caller ID feature from my BlackBerry PRIV cell phone. Normally, when I receive a call from someone, their phone number pops up as a Caller ID message.  And if I’ve programmed their name into the phone, then their name comes…

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Jim Rome hooked me on BlackBerry…

My loyalty to the BlackBerry cell phone came from an unlikely source. That source was sports broadcaster and commentator Jim Rome. Yes, that Jim Rome.  Van Smack.  Host of a very popular radio sports show, and a few stints as host of a televised sports talk show.  You know, have a take, don’t suck or…

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Testing Verizon’s grandfathered “unlimited data” policy

I’ve always felt that one of the most fortunate moments of my being a Verizon cell phone customer was when, at one moment in time, they offered an unlimited data package for those of us who were longtime Verizon customers and were no longer on two-year contracts.  I was grandfathered into the plan, and was…

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