rim has 100s of testers. from people who work for rim. to people who work for carriers to application developers. there all under gag order contract. noone knows who they are except rim the carriers and the people themselves. nothing makes anyone special. if he has the device he has it. if he doesnt then he doesnt. but the fact is the 9000 has been known about internally id say up to a year. and rummors have been swirling around the internate for 6 months or more. its not just rim testing the devices. whichever carrier gets it also has internal testers. so in reality there could be 100 maybe 200 people that have the device from rim, att, vodafone, or just program writters in general.