Who remembers the BlackBerry Pearl? I know I do! It was the first BlackBerry device I ever owned, and I purchased it practically on accident. Let’s talk about it a little bit in this week’s Throwback Thursday.

Way back in 2007, I was on my way to T-Mobile to buy a new phone. I don’t remember which one I had at that time; it was a Samsung and very thin. What I do remember is the day it started acting funny. I was in the shower and got a notification for a text message. Being the 20-something that I was, I simply had to check the message right away. I grabbed a nearby towel and dried my hands, then reached on the window and grabbed my phone to read the message.

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I was still in the shower at this time.

Well it started acting funky shortly after that. Can’t imagine why.

I took this as a sign that it was time to get a new phone. After all, I had had this super thin Samsung feature phone for about 6 months, and that’s practically an eternity.

I already knew which phone I wanted. Don’t ask me now what that phone was, because it’s name slips my mind as well. Once again, it was a Samung. It was black and red, a slider, and had a SureType keyboard. I thought T-Mobile had it on sale at the time, and I had a couple hundred bucks to spare, so I made my way to buy it.

I was sorely disappointed when I got to the store and realized that the sale was over and the mysterious Samsung slider was now over $300 with a 2-year contract. Too rich for my blood.

The sales lady suggested I take a look at the BlackBerry Pearl. It was on sale for $99 and had the same keyboard as the phone I wanted.

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At the time, I was mostly ignorant of BlackBerry. Despite having worked at Verizon Wireless not too long before that, I still had a misunderstanding of what BlackBerry was. This was in the hay-day of the company when owning one was a status symbol that meant you were a big deal. I was not a big deal.

I think at the time I was working as an AT&T Uverse technician. Back tech support that involved me sitting in a cubicle for the first time from the hours of 3:00-11:00PM. Great pay, horrible hours, no benefits. Not exactly what I thought a BlackBerry owner looked like.

I went ahead and bought the phone anyway, because I had heard tons of great stuff about SureType and was eager to try it.

The rest, as they say, is history. That was eight years ago and I’ve never owned any other kind of smartphone. I’ve played around with others for extended periods of time, but ever since that day I walked in to T-Mobile, I stayed a loyal BlackBerry customer.

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The BlackBerry Pearl started it all for me, and this story seemed like the perfect Throwback Thursday tale. I look back on my Pearl with fond memories and miss the days of hammering out thousands of text messages at lightning speeds on that amazing SureType keyboard. Now that I think about it, I really wish I could use that kind of keyboard once more. Someone jump on that.

Did you ever own a BlackBerry Pearl? I’d love to hear your story in the comments below!