When Tuesday’s earthquake on the East Coast created a communications emergency, one device reportedly rose above the fray and continued to work while others failed, Bloomberg reports.
In what may prove to be a boon for Research in Motion, its BlackBerry devices continued to deliver email messages while calls on other services such as Verizon Communications failed as people tried to reach friends and relatives, the story reports.
The BlackBerry, once the country’s top smartphone, is trying to regain market share after falling behind Apple’s iPhone and devices running Google’s Android software, the story notes. RIM relies on thousands of its own servers for email service instead of phone companies’ networks, the piece points out.
RIM’s service operated normally all day, while a spokesman for Verizon said some customers had to call several times to get through in a few places, the piece notes. Sprint Nextel said there were no reports of "impact to its network," although the company was encouraging people to text rather than to call, the piece says.