Friday, March 8, 2013

Pry my #BB10 Dev Alpha from my Cold Dead Hands


Apparently shipping the Limited Edition Z10 is enought to pry my Dev Alpha out of my warm live hands. I don't know what kind of withdrawl I'm going to go through without access to a real BB10 device, but I'm going to find out. I said my good byes, security wipped and packaged my DA. I'll take it into UPS tomorrow. Then the waiting will be the hardest part...


Well... not really. But I'm starting to get those feelings as the time to box it up and return it to BlackBerry draws near. I've qualified for a shiny red Limited Edition Z10 and I can't wait for that to arrive so I can use it as my personal phone, and continue to develop on the same platform my users have. Alas I have to return the Dev Alpha to its rightful owner first.

I'm reluctant because I've been using the Dev Alpha as my personal phone since the beginning of February. I've taken it to the US where I was able to buy a pay-as-you-go micro-SIM from T-Mobile which worked very well. Since I've come back I've found out that Bell/VirginMobile isn't sharing the new BlackBerry freedom, requiring Z10, and Dev Alpha, users to activate a BlackBerry data plan even though the BB10 devices don't need and can't use BIS features. On the other hand Rogers is totally feeling the love. A pay-as-you-go micro-SIM I picked up in a few moments at one of their stores activated and got me on their network in less than half an hour.

So, at some point I'm going to have to give up my daily companion and development test device; the only question that remains is do I send it back earlier to get a place closer to the head of the shipping queue, or wait until other developers report they are shipping and try to limit my period of BB10 withdrawal. Decisions, decisions, decisions.

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