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Poll: Do you own a BlackBerry?
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Jul 10, 2006

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Local time: 06:02
Spanish to French
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Other Jul 11, 2006

I have not a BlackBerry but I have an e-mail alert on my mobile phone. I have access to my Hotmail box on my mobile phone.
I can read my e-mails and answer to it but I cannot open the attached files : that is the bad point.

As with this job, Internet is very important and answering to the clients asap too, I find this option very useful.


Tadej Kokalj  Identity Verified
Local time: 06:02
English to Slovenian
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Other Jul 11, 2006

Sorry, but bad poll; Blackberry is not only possibility to recieve e-mails.

In fact, Blackbarry is not so wide spreaded in Europe as it is in the USA.
I have PDA (Palm OS based) and with appropriate software I can recieve my mails. I can also open the attachments (.doc, .xls, .pdf etc). Same features have Pocket PC PDAs and even mobile phones with Symbian (or other OS).

With almost "every" mobile phone today is possible to recieve e-mail (without opening the attachment).

True question is: how many people recieves their e-mails when they are not in the office (with mobile phone, PDA - BB included or notebook).



Chiara Covili  Identity Verified
Local time: 06:02
French to Italian
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What is a BlackBerry? Jul 11, 2006

Sorry, but I don't know what is it


Anatoliy Babich
Local time: 07:02
English to Russian
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This was new for me as well.. Jul 11, 2006

The BlackBerry is a wireless handheld device introduced in 1999 which supports push e-mail, mobile telephone, text messaging, internet faxing, web browsing and other wireless information services. It was developed by Research In Motion (RIM) and delivers information over the wireless data networks of cellular telephone companies. BlackBerry made headway in the marketplace by first concentrating on e-mail. RIM currently offers BlackBerry e-mail service to non-BlackBerry devices, such as Palm Treo, through BlackBerry Connect software.

Research In Motion was involved in a patent dispute with NTP, Inc., which could have potentially forced RIM to suspend service to most BlackBerry users in the United States. The dispute was settled out-of-court in March 2006. See NTP, Inc.


Jørgen Madsen  Identity Verified
Local time: 06:02
English to Danish
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I didn't know either... Jul 11, 2006

But found a description here:

icon_wink.gif Jørgen


Aisha Maniar  Identity Verified
Local time: 05:02
Member (2003)
Arabic to English
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Not a salesperson... Jul 11, 2006

Interesting answers so far. Thanks. I'm aware that there are other ways of receiving emails when you're out of the office, but I am just curious as to what colleagues think of this device and how useful they think it is for people working as translators and/or interpreters. I live in Europe too and the costs are fairly restrictive but I wonder if overall it's a worthwhile investment.
Any tips on good alternatives also welcome.

Thanks, Aisha


Jerzy Czopik  Identity Verified
Local time: 06:02
Member (2003)
Polish to German
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Not a BlackBerry Jul 11, 2006

but a smartphone - and it is new for me, so I'm first starting to try thisicon_smile.gif



Philippe Etienne  Identity Verified
Local time: 06:02
English to French
No use for it Jul 11, 2006

Mobile phones (and related pervasive gizmos such as PDAs) and myself are not friends. I bought one a few years ago, thinking that it may be useful for private use. During all these years, I received ONE call related to business, which wasn't even urgent.
I operate in such a way that when I am working, I am in front of my PC; when I am not, I don't want to hear about work. And I am almost never out of the office for long periods during "business hours".
Therefore from a business point of view, such devices are utterly useless to me.

Of course I always let my customers know when I can't be reached (holidays, private matters, appointments)...

By the way, I read somewhere that a hotel offers to lock out PDAs at the reception desk for busy travellers who are just too addicted to these devices and need support to stop using them. Dreadful!


nnaemeka Odimegwu
Local time: 06:02
French to English
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don't have one Jul 11, 2006

it was quite thoughtful, bringing up this subject. learnt an awful lot in a minute. I'll see if it's offered where i live, though i doubt so, so usually come last on the rungs.


Pilar T. Bayle (X)  Identity Verified
Local time: 06:02
English to Spanish
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No use for it either Jul 11, 2006

I am home-based, and my computer is usually on for 12 or 14 hours daily. My clients have other contact information, such as my phone or my mobile. If I travel, I use a laptop that has its own Internet conection, so I am covered. If I disappear for 4 or 5 days, my clients have been told that I will be unavailable and I have provided them with a replacement in case they need one.

So when I close my shop, it is closed. Period.



Marie-Céline GEORG  Identity Verified
Local time: 06:02
German to French
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I learnt something today Jul 11, 2006

As I didn't know what a BlackBerry was, I found this poll interesting, with useful information.
Now I know that I have no use for such a tool. My business organisation is quite simple: if I'm at work, I'm at my desk so I can answer the phone. If I'm not at my desk, then it means that I'm not working and if it happens during business hours, I generally tell my customers before leaving.


Orla Ryan  Identity Verified
Local time: 05:02
agree with Philippe & Pilar Jul 11, 2006

I have 2 landlines, 1 mobile phone, 1 fax, 2 e-mail addresses, 1 MSN and 1 Skype address and I'm online from 09:30 to 18:00 five days a week. I think that's more than enough!!icon_smile.gif


Ana Naglić  Identity Verified
Local time: 06:02
Member (2005)
English to Croatian
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Mobile phone alternative? Jul 11, 2006

OK, I know that Samsung D600 can open Word, Excel, PDF attacments - but what's the alternative, beside Blackberry? I plan to buy a new mobile phone (I'm not too satisfied with my SonyEricsson T630 - besides, it can't read attachments), but a.) Is Samsung D600 worth minimum 250 EUR? b.) Blackberry is too bulky?


Adam Burman  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 05:02
Spanish to English
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I love my Blackberry! Jul 11, 2006

I recently purchased a Blackberry and it has liberated me! I have tried lots of other mobile email devices but this has been my purchase of the year. I can honestly say that it has increased the amount of translation contracts I have had so far this year. I love the qwerty keyboard and after only a week or so I was able to type on it very quickly.

As for it not being popular in Europe, I live in Canary Wharf, London and every other person on the tube seems to be firing off emails.

Only complaint would be that set up was a bit of a pain. I 'm with Vodafone and no real complanits.

A real fan!

[Edited at 2006-07-11 16:58]

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