Blackberry Hit With Consumer Lawsuits

by Emma Dunn

Right, that’s it. As a Blackberry user, I am sick and tired of being the butt of everyone’s jokes. In early August, every time I brought out my Curve 3G I was branded a rioter, and in October I was constantly asked ‘Hey did you get my email?’ amongst a midst of sniggers.

For the record: no, I am not a rioter, and yes, I did get that email, albeit almost a day later within a batch of around twenty others that had I had failed to get during the outage.

Still, these are just mild annoyances. Yes, it was irritating but I didn’t come to any harm because of it. Believe it or not, it didn’t bother me that I didn’t get my Groupon emails bang on time. I have my trusty laptop and wifi enabled iPod touch for that.

Still, users on the other side of the pond aren’t as apathetic as I am. In fact, they have gone as far as to sue Research in Motion for breach of contract, negligence and unjust enrichment.

The outage lasted four days: from the 10th to the 14th October, and left millions of users in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas unable to receive emails, instant messages and other notifications.

If these lawsuits are successful, Research in Motion could have to fork out millions of dollars to compensate users.

Now if only someone would file a lawsuit over here… then I might be able to afford some therapy to heal the mental scars left by the cruel, cruel, jokes.

Either that, or I could buy an iPhone.

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