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Addicted to your iPhone? Try the 'limited functionality' BlackBerry

Technically Incorrect: British prime ministerial candidate Ed Miliband explains that he dumped his iPhone because he can do fewer things on his BlackBerry.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


The joy of being limited? CNET

A politician telling the truth is as rare and precious as a fish thanking you for eating it.

I am, therefore, moved to paroxysms of wonder at the revelations of British Labor Party leader and prime ministerial candidate Ed Miliband.

He appeared on the radio and decided to bare all, technologically speaking. Talking to Absolute Radio, he first admitted to have been a fiend at Manic Miner, a classic 80s game which, oddly enough, didn't feature former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

It was his iPhone, however, that almost brought his personal and political downfall. He became obsessed with it, checking Twitter nonstop to see if anyone had called him Mr. Bean that day.

He found a solution. He dumped his iPhone and bought a BlackBerry.

Some might think this an odd choice. Yes, it used to be the de rigueur phone of businesspeople and their underlings -- politicians.

Miliband, though, gave it a very hard sell. He said: "The good thing about a BlackBerry -- I'm going to insult the BlackBerry makers now -- is that it's a little harder to do those things. It's more limited functionality, I think they call it."

I think at BlackBerry they call it: "Why do we still let the Queen of England be our head of state?"

Perhaps, though, Miliband has inadvertently exposed a certain market gap. Soon, iPhones will become obsolete as we all squint at our wrists in order to text our loved ones.

There is surely a place for phones of limited but gloriously enjoyable functionality. So why doesn't BlackBerry release a watch that merely tells the time and allows for the use of just your one favorite app?

There is surely a potential market that might be termed the For The Sake Of Your Sanity segment. It would appeal to all those, like Miliband, who realize that they might be losing their minds and hearts to technology's insipid claws.

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