BlackBerry Introduces: BlackBerry Fan of the Month, April 2012

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Hey #TeamBlackBerry! I hope everyone had an awesome March. With the launch of the #PlayBook2 contest, the BlackBerry® Mini Keyboard, and everything BlackBerry® PlayBook™ OS 2.0 – it has been a busy few weeks. Now that April is underway, we’d like to introduce and celebrate our BlackBerry® Fan of the Month (FOTM) for April 2012.

This Month’s FOTM demonstrates continuous passion for the BlackBerry brand. He is constantly expressing enthusiasm for BlackBerry products and engaging with #TeamBlackBerry in a number of ways, including his never-ending desire to help us out. I am pleased to introduce Josh (@BBBrodyBB) as our FOTM for April.

Let’s hear from the man himself — meet Josh:

1. How many years have you been using a BlackBerry device?

Since 1999, when I carried the original BlackBerry® 850 smartphone. I remember BlackBerry before it was even called BlackBerry — I beta tested the very first devices. It’s always been the go-to device for me. It just makes my life easier.

2. How many BlackBerry devices have you had? Which ones? What do you have now?

BlackBerry 850, 7230, 8120, 8130, 8530, 9780, and 9850, and now I’m using the BlackBerry Bold 9900 smartphone and 16GB BlackBerry PlayBook. For the most part, what I’ve done is multitask with more than one BlackBerry device – one for work and one for my personal life. Even if I’m disconnected from work, I can stay connected with my BlackBerry smartphone. I believe RIM has kept true with what the devices were built to do: With the BlackBerry Bold 9900 smartphone, you can do literally everything, but it keeps the core functionality of a true messaging device. It’s a communication machine.

I believe what RIM invented with push email was a revolution – taking it from the desktop and putting it on your hip. Also, I’m a keyboard fanatic (#QWERTYforLIFE). A BlackBerry keyboard always keeps me happy.

3. What is your favorite BlackBerry app?

BlackBerry® Messenger (BBM™). I use so many of the different applications – BlackBerry® Travel, BlackBerry® Traffic, Twitter®, Facebook® – but I have found BBM to have more power than any other messaging platform. For me, it really is the ultimate way to communicate. Twitter for BlackBerry smartphones would definitely be my second favorite.

4. How many BBM contacts do you have?

123.

5. What is your favorite BBM emoticon?

6. Tell us about the best BBM you’ve ever received. What did it say and who was it from?

I get so many that it’s hard to choose, so I guess the best would be when friends BBM’d me that they saw me on TV. I was on Wheel of Fortune, so it was a highlight when people were BBMing me to say, “Hey, I saw you on TV!”

7. If you could BBM your BlackBerry smartphone, what would you say?

Good morning, it’s time to be bold and take on the day! I actually do say this – it’s just one of those corny ways to get the day going. The last thing I do before I fall asleep is look at my BlackBerry smartphone and the first thing I do when I wake up is look at my BlackBerry smartphone.

8. What superhero/celebrity/metaphorical duo could represent you and your BlackBerry smartphone? (e.g. I’m Batman, my BlackBerry is Robin: here’s why…)

Marty McFly & the “time machine” — my BlackBerry smartphone makes me so efficient it’s like time travel. The more I use it, the more time I save!

9. Do you have a favorite BlackBerry memory? Please share.

There are so many that it’s hard to pick just one. But my favorite has to be when my 14-year-old son said he had to have a BlackBerry smartphone because he was tired of touchscreen phones! He currently has the BlackBerry® Curve™ 9350 smartphone and he loves it. We’ve got the whole family on a [BBM] group. We typically use it to share funny pictures we find throughout the day. The current craze for my son is finding funny memes online and sharing them with us.

10. Are you prepared to handle the fame that comes with being our Fan of the Month?

Absolutely! I’m ready and looking forward to it. I just think it’s an amazing honor.

11. We see that you’re a music lover – what new music has your BlackBerry smartphone helped you discover?

My faves are The Black Keys & Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers…but I listen to all types of music, from Adele to Diplo to Young the Giant. My latest musical discoveries using BBM Music have been more DJ music – Skrillex, Swedish House Mafia, Avicii…the choices seem endless! With BBM Music, I’ve found so much more music from friends I’ve made around the globe.

12. We’ve also noticed that you enjoy a reality TV show or two (so do we!). Do you chat with your BlackBerry pals during the show?

The reality show I enjoy the most is The Amazing Race. I chat via BBM, Twitter, Facebook, SMS, you name it! I’m always on my phone chatting people up and talking about it. I really want to get on that show, too. To be able to travel the world and win a million bucks, that would be the ultimate.

13. You share our love for BlackBerry Travel and BlackBerry Traffic. Where has your BlackBerry smartphone traveled with you?

My BlackBerry smartphone traveled with me to California when I appeared on Wheel of Fortune. It was an amazing experience, and then my BlackBerry smartphone traveled to Sun Peaks resort in British Columbia with me on the trip I won.

14. What’s YOUR next big BlackBerry Adventure?

My next adventure is to Orlando to attend BlackBerry World™ (and hopefully make it to CES in January 2013). It is certainly THE place to go for a Team BlackBerry member like me!


Thanks for meeting our April FOTM! Be sure to give Josh a shout out on Twitter – @BBbrodyBB

In case you missed our last three BlackBerry Fans of the Month, you can check ‘em out here:

JanuaryBrian (@newshutr)
FebruaryIvan (@IvanSHarris)
MarchJane (@photosfromabb)

Keep sharing your FOTM suggestions with us, either by leaving a comment below, tweeting to us @BlackBerry, or posting on our Facebook page. Stay tuned – our May FOTM could be YOU!

About Mitchell S.

Mitchell is Research In Motion® (RIM®)'s Community Manager, who spends most of his day following conversation and tweets that happen around the BlackBerry® brand. He is actively engaging in conversations across RIM’s social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, MyBlackBerry) and will be authoring a few blog posts on Inside BlackBerry from time-to-time. Mitchell enjoys travelling, spending time with his friends and going to live shows on the weekend.

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