Blackberry Jam

A popular pager-size e-mail device finally gets some competition. But the price remains high

For nearly a year, my friend Marshall has been taunting me with her oh-so-cool Blackberry messenger. "I can't believe you don't have one of these!" she says way too often, pulling out a beeper-size device and reading her e-mail at lunch. She is such a show-off. She is also a stylish person, and the Blackberry resembles her in that respect (except for her scary pointy shoes). Both of them are elegant, compact and totally wired.

The device is made by Research In Motion, and used to be available only with Blackberry's wireless service, over the BellSouth Data Network. But last week...

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