• BlackBerry gets key endorsement from Colombian sex worker!

    Woman involved in U.S. Secret Service scandal notes prestigious standing of RIM smartphone


    April 19, 2012, 9:16 AM — Could this be the spark that ignites Research in Motion's comeback?

    The prostitution scandal involving U.S. Secret Service agents who arrived in Colombia last week in advance of an international summit meeting involving President Obama has cost at least three agents their jobs and embarrassed the White House.

    A messy affair overall, and one that never would have blown up if one of the stupid Secret Service agents had just paid the Colombian prostitute the amount they had agreed upon over two bottles of Absolut vodka at a swinging discotheque in Cartegena. Yeah, baby!

    Wait, did I say "prostitute"? I meant "escort," because there's a big difference, according to the woman in question, who was interviewed about the incident in-depth by the New York Times .

    And therein lies the free promotional gift presented on a silver platter to RIM, which has in large part blamed its precipitous decline over the past three years on poor marketing, as opposed to, say, its inability to keep up with Apple and Google's Android in smartphone technology.

    According to the Times, the escort "is dismayed ... that [television] news reports described her as a prostitute, as if she walks the streets picking up just anyone"!

    “It’s the same, but it’s different,” she said, indicating that she is much more selective about her clients and charges much more than a streetwalker. “It’s like when you buy a fine rum or a BlackBerry or an iPhone. They have a different price.”

    Hello, serendipity! Now, I'm just kicking around some ideas here, RIM, but you might want to consider focus-grouping some of these marketing slogans (or at least run them by Mike Lazaridis, because he has his finger on the pulse of smartphone customers everywhere):

    * BlackBerry: Like a fine rum before hot sex with a prostitute high-priced escort

    * BlackBerry: Too good for streetwalkers, but good enough for you

    * "Is that a BlackBerry in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?"

    * BlackBerry: The equivalent of an iPhone to many vodka-addled Colombian sex workers

    That's just a freemium taste, RIM. Anything more will cost you 1.4 million Colombian pesos. I suggest we settle on the price now. But no funny stuff. I have a currency converter at my disposal. And I know people in Washington.

    By Chris Nerney

    http://www.itworld.com/mobile-wirele...ian-sex-worker
    Comments 25 Comments
    1. Delfim's Avatar
      The first smartphone has admittedly met the first profession. Over a bottle of Vodka. Took a long time. Nice.
    1. jfcooley's Avatar
      Blackberry: When pin sexting is safer than the real thing.

      Blackberry, stroke our keys, not her knees.

      Blackberry, did that bulge just ring?

      Blackberry, Standard Telephone for Dates (STD)
    1. Capdot's Avatar
      Poor RIM. The only endorsement they can get is from a colombian hooker.
    1. srl7741's Avatar
      A " key" endorsement? A "hooker"? RIM is Nextel|Done "beep,beep".
    1. Delfim's Avatar
      C'mon guys don't hype this. It just means BB's are for all. Not like others which are for a select few...
      I don't blame the hooker. She needs an efficient Client, PIM and Calendar app for her business...
      Lighten up.
    1. Capdot's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by delfim View Post
      C'mon guys don't hype this. It just means BB's are for all. Not like others which are for a select few...
      I don't blame the hooker. She needs an efficient Client, PIM and Calendar app for her business...
      Lighten up.
      lol

      Sounds like my kind of gal.

      I wonder if I can hire her for dushs birthday... I can slip her a $20 and he can watch her perform a battery pull on his Blackberry.
    1. dushdavj's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by srl7741 View Post
      A " key" endorsement? A "hooker"? RIM is Nextel|Done "beep,beep".
      RIM haven't hyped their major endorsement from the President of the USA, he still uses his Blackberry, and it has been approved security wise!! Maybe that's why the Colombian "Escort" likes them, security all the way!! You may also want to look at the number of Hollywood/music stars "celebs" that use blackberries you would find it surprising.
    1. lak611's Avatar
      Actually, there was a discussion about this incident on a local talk show. Prostitution is legal in Columbia. The reason the Secret Service agents got in trouble has everything to do with security, which is probably the reason the lady in the "world's oldest profession" also uses BlackBerry.

      The agent refused to pay her. She had information that could be used to blackmail him, which would put US national security at risk, and embarrass the US government. A former Army soldier who worked in an Army division that no longer exists, but did in the 60s, called up and said that one of the things in his training was to not get into any compromising situation that could involve potential blackmail and embarrassment to the US government.

      I posted the article because I did think it sounded funny. However, a lot of Hollywood stars probably make similar comments about their BlackBerries.
    1. dushdavj's Avatar
      ^^^ It was and is funny Laura!! Your comment on blackmail is completely true, there have been a number of scandals in the UK involving politicians and various sex problems along with spies and blackmail.
    1. jfcooley's Avatar
      Honestly, of you are going to argue over $60 with a call girl, doubt blackmail was a concern. Prostitutes aren't known for being low key when they don't get paid.
      Was 2 guys who shared her. Theycalso wanted to share the tab, she wasn't having any of that. Guess its a downside to prostitution being legal, they can call the cops. Guess they shouldn't have stiffed her.

      Pun intended.
    1. dushdavj's Avatar
      From the news I was watching the lady in question asked for $800 that they had agreed upon the night before (when the guy was drunk), he must have been really drunk!! He offered a much lower sum of money the next morning. A contract is a contract!! To be honest there are a lot of upsides to prostitution being legal, the government can tax them, medical history can be controlled and it should stop the exploitation.

      People will look at the problem and depending on the moral attitudes will make judgements, in the end the if the guys were not there sorting out security for the President, and if they had not signed contracts specifically mentioning what they should or should not do, this would not or rather should not make the press. It is up to an individual, if that individual breaks the contract then it should be dealt with according to the law. In this case there were security issues involved and the safety of a world leader, thankfully it was not an issue, but yes these guys should be dealt with by their superiors.
    1. RogerG's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by jfcooley View Post
      Honestly, of you are going to argue over $60 with a call girl, doubt blackmail was a concern. Prostitutes aren't known for being low key when they don't get paid.
      And you would know this....how?
    1. jfcooley's Avatar
      Miami Vice. ©
    1. Delfim's Avatar
      What? Miami or Vice?
    1. Capdot's Avatar
      Apparently Mr. Cooley has been arrested multiple times in Miami by the Vice squad for soliciting female companionship. Am I following this thread correctly?
    1. srl7741's Avatar
      I was simply commenting on the article title. It's funny in many ways. As for the incident? I refuse to comment so I don't end up in court
    1. jfcooley's Avatar
      I had a former life that I will not share.
      I am less than perfect now, but back them....just wow.
    1. papareyenc's Avatar
      Just curious, which would you rather have:Blackberry or the Escort?
    1. jfcooley's Avatar
      Being married I will take the blackberry.
    1. Capdot's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by papareyenc View Post
      Just curious, which would you rather have:Blackberry or the Escort?
      I don't know... What kind of Blackberry is it going to be and what kind of woman are we talking about here?

      I just want to go on record and say that all I want is to cuddle.
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