As I drool over the recently-unveiled BlackBerry Bold, I am reflecting on my upgrade from a regular old mobile phone to a BlackBerry about a year and a half ago. Was it worth it?
On average, BlackBerries cost more than typical mobile phones, both up-front and in monthly service charges. In my case, the Blackberry cost about $200 more than a regular mobile phone, and costs me $20 additional on my monthly bill for unlimited email and internet use.
Yes, I bought my BlackBerry, in part, to be able to check my personal email anywhere, but I also got it because it would allow me to keep an eye on my work email, too. At the time, I think I justified the purchase by calling it an “investment” in my career.
Since my employer hasn’t given me a BlackBerry, there is no expectation that I reply to emails at midnight, but I might choose to if I see something from an important client. After all, that could be the ticket to a big deal, or even better, a big promotion.
After having my Blackberry for over a year, the harsh reality is that this doesn’t happen that often, if at all. Yes, I enjoy reading work emails as they come in, even if I’m sitting on a plane waiting to take off, but the instances in which I can do something about an email right then and there are few and far between.
Even in the world of BlackBerries, if it is that important, we should all still pick up the phone.
When it comes down to it, I realize I’m paying the extra money for a cooler-than-ordinary phone and that it’s not that much of an “investment”. Of course, if I was on the road all the time, and frequently needed to handle emails when I couldn’t get to my computer, a BlackBerry might seem more like a necessity.
Do you spend money on, or “invest” in, things that further your career?