Ever since the introduction of those hideous & ghastly looking Blackberry devices namely the model 7230 which was the first unit introduced by Mobilink in Pakistan a few years back, I used to hear stories that the device alone contributed to a number of wreaked marriages simply because the work email came home destroying any family time with the persistent never ending excuse ‘honey I have to answer this last email….‘, and the emails never stopped coming leaving behind a Crackberry drone.
I have been a Blackberry Pearl user for over three months and I cannot imagine how life is easier with the push email technology. Prior to the Blackberry addiction I was bonafide net addict, had this urge to check my computer every 10-15 minutes for any new email, I assure there was no critical business that could not wait a few hours but it was a habit acquired over 20 years of Internet addiction. The arrival of the Blackberry Pearl has actually pulled me away from my laptop and allowed me to spend more time peacefully away from the computer, which for me is a major improvement.
The trick lies is how you control your Crackberry addiction, I continue to see blackberry users reacting to every beep and vibration when a new email is pushed into their cell phones, this attention generating pulse results in a desperate scramble to check each and every email as it life depended upon it even if it were to buzz in the middle of a high-profile romantic dinner (UH OH!). As mentioned the trick lies in how you customize your phone for all email alerts, I have carefully configured my device to only display visual red light alerting me of the email, and when I ‘choose’ to glance at my cell phone the red light can show the presence or absence of an email. The important key word is ‘When I Choose‘, not when the Blackberry chooses to disturb me.
The utility of push email technology is irreplaceable and is bound to get more common, at the moment people checking ones email on a cell phone is a lengthy and tedious process but things are slowly changing to bring push email technology to every data plan enabled mobile device. One such company upon whom I accidentally stumbled across is Consilient which provides free push email utility for up to five separate accounts which can be hosted on Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo, AOL and any POP3 or IMAP service. To answer your next question Yes it is available in Pakistan. Simply sign up for an account, they will send you a confirmation SMS and soon you will be buzzed every time a new email hits your mail box, the free account has a small ad attached with the email while a $5 upgrade bring you ad free premium content.
Before you jump the gun, check if you cell phone is supported by browsing their list of supported mobile phones, if your particular cell phone is not on the list then drop a message on their forum to place a request.
Push email is a double edge sword, embrace this technology responsibly then alone will you over come any lingering crackberry symptoms, otherwise call 1-800-CrackBerries-R-US