February has come and gone. With a new month upon us, and spring inching closer, it’s time to crown a new BlackBerry Fan of the Month (FOTM)!
As a self-proclaimed “superfan of all things BlackBerry”, our March FOTM is no stranger to #TeamBlackBerry. He’s active on our Twitter and Facebook pages where his BlackBerry expertise is so legendary that he’s known as “The Guru” and “The King”. When he’s not lending a helping hand to the BlackBerry fam, you can find him hard at work running his courier business or volunteering to helm dragon boats (SO COOL!). We were also seriously impressed when we learned that he’s a retired athlete who won a bronze medal in flatwater sprint kayaking during the World Championships!
At the end of the day, though, this rock star FOTM is really just a family man. He loves spending time with his wife (who’s also a proud member of #TeamBlackBerry), and enjoys taking pictures of his two kids with his BlackBerry Z10 (especially now that he can use Time Shift to fix those blinking eyes!).
So with that, it is my great pleasure to introduce you to our March FOTM. #TeamBlackBerry, meet Gino (@eugenbaban):
- How many years have you been on Team BlackBerry?
I’ve been on #TeamBlackBerry since 2008. I have had many mobile phone makes and models since around 1997 or so but once I bought my first BlackBerry in 2008 it was game over for all other makes, when you find something that fits perfectly you just know it 🙂
- How many BlackBerry devices have you had in total? Could you list them all out for us?
I started with a BlackBerry Curve 8320 followed by the BlackBerry Bold 9000, BlackBerry Storm 2, BlackBerry Bold 9700, BlackBerry Bold 9900 and now the BlackBerry Z10. However, being the BlackBerry geek that I am, I’ve also bought: BlackBerry 7230, BlackBerry 8707V (quite a rare model, first 3G BlackBerry) BlackBerry 8800, BlackBerry 8820, BlackBerry 8310, BlackBerry Pearl 3G and of course, a BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. I would love to see a “retro” BlackBerry model in the shape of the BlackBerry 7230 but with modern internals 🙂
- How many BBM contacts do you currently have?
I have 37 BBM contacts but I treat it like a private club, you have to be special to get in 😉
- What is your favorite BBM emoticon?
The smiley face and I use it a lot.
- What is the best BBM you ever received?
I get a best BBM every day when my wife sends me a kiss emoticon
- Gino, if you could BBM your BlackBerry, what would you say? How do you think your BlackBerry would respond?
I would say “how you doing” and I would probably get a giggle in return 🙂
- Gino, we know the community refers to you as ‘The Guru and ‘The King’. How does that make you feel?
I didn’t know that, you’re making me blush 🙂
- Gino, we know you love to take #BlackBerryPhotos, hence your Twitter name. What is the best BlackBerry photo you have ever taken?
I love taking photos with my BlackBerry mostly because it’s always in my hand :), ultimate quality is not as important for me but capturing that special moment, whether it’s the kids doing something funny or particular time and place in nature etc., I always keep an eye out for the next inspiration moment. The new BlackBerry Z10 is amazing in this respect, it has all the tools I need out of the box: Time Shift for group photos, Burst for those action shots, Built in Editing software if you’re feeling arty and the incredible Story Maker for fun sharing.
- What did you think about the launch of BlackBerry 10? Did any announcement in particular stand out?
It was an amazing experience watching the start of a brand new mobile platform with so much potential. What stood out for me was the name change from Research In Motion to BlackBerry, a brand name taking over the company name and it makes perfect sense 🙂
- And finally, we just have to ask: Are you prepared to handle the fame that comes with being our Fans of the Month?
Fame or infamy, Bring it on 🙂
Be sure to check out the other awesome members of the BlackBerry Fan of the Month (FOTM) club:
January – Brian (@newshutr)
February – Ivan (@IvanSHarris)
March – Jane (@photosfromabb)
April – Josh (@BBbrodyBB)
May – Mark (@AllAboutMyBB)
June – JT (@jt_teran)
July – Kimberly (@kmcooley)
August – Mike (@flash0p)
September – Jon (@nerdologist_jon)
October – Guido (@FuriousGuido)
November – Ange (@Afl2277)
December – Zalman (@Zalman5K)
January 2013 – Arisham (@arisham2003)
February 2013 – Julie and Andrew
Keep sharing your FOTM suggestions with us, either by leaving a comment below, tweeting to us @BlackBerry on Twitter, or posting on our Facebook page. Stay tuned – our April FOTM could be YOU!