Before the iPhone - former kings of the cellphone world
We look at the devices that once ruled the mobile market before the iPhone
By Galen Gruman | InfoWorld | Published: 09:41, 02 September 11
Research in Motion BlackBerry
The original BlackBerry in 1999 was a pager, one whose keyboard let executives and salespeople easily send each other text messages, not just simple pages. That ability to communicate revolutionised executive travel and made the BlackBerry into a corporate standard. Three years later, as pagers became more of a tool for drug dealers than for executives, RIM introduced the BlackBerry smartphone that grafted the text-messaging capabilities on to a cellphone. That device reigned as the corporate standard until 2011, when the iPhone finally displaced it in new sales.