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    Great 9/11 Blackberry story

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    I was searching on wikipedia and by accident somehow got into a story on 9/11 so I was looking at the external links and one was for communications during 9/11. I found this great blackberry related story that should make all of us Blackberry users proud. I thought I would share. Here is the whole story verbatim

    The Right Connections; The Simple BlackBerry Allowed Contact When Phones Failed

    By SIMON ROMERO
    ''BIG WTC explosion. I'm going to street. I'm scared.''
    That was Lynne Federman's frantic e-mail message to her husband a few seconds after the first hijacked plane crashed into the World Trade Center. Ms. Federman, a corporate lawyer, was in her office at J. P. Morgan Chase, three blocks from the trade center, punching the message into her BlackBerry pager.
    ''What??'' her husband, Joseph Korb, wrote back on his BlackBerry from Newark, where he was on jury duty.
    ''Seems helicopter crashed into WTC,'' Ms. Federman replied. ''Going to street now. Very scary. End of world.''
    Like many people in the aftermath of that chaotic Tuesday morning, Ms. Federman and Mr. Korb found that telephones and cellphones worked only sporadically. So they communicated with each other in terse text messages for several hours as Ms. Federman, covered in ash, fled on foot from Lower Manhattan.
    ''I had my cellphone in one hand, and it was useless, and my BlackBerry in the other, and it was my lifeline that day,'' Ms. Federman recalled.
    Rather than relying on cellular telephone systems or the local telephone network, which were damaged and inundated with traffic, the BlackBerry functions on a data system that held up remarkably well. The network not only escaped damage but also avoided bottlenecks because of its relative simplicity.
    The BlackBerry, made by Research in Motion of Waterloo, Ontario, is a hand-held device used mainly for sending and receiving short e-mail messages typed on a tiny keyboard. About a million are estimated to be in use, working on what are known as dedicated data networks operated by companies including Cingular Wireless of Atlanta and the Motient Corporation of Reston, Va. Those systems are designed exclusively to transmit data, largely e-mail relayed to and from the Internet through servers, much like some hand-held organizers send and receive e-mail using wireless modems. Such networks are dense in Lower Manhattan.
    Voice calls require an open channel on their networks to be transmitted. As many people discovered on Sept. 11, the only way to get through to their families and friends was to dial over and over again and hope to get lucky with some free network space.
    The BlackBerry, on the other hand, worked well because its network in a way resembles the on-ramp of a freeway. It transmits data in small packets of information that can simply wait for a small amount of space on the system to be freed up to be sent or received.
    Of course, delays in delivering such messages can still result from congestion on these networks, on the Internet itself or on the telephone lines on which the recipient depends for an Internet connection.
    Cingular, which operates the largest dedicated data network, said that traffic on its system surged almost 60 percent in the hours after the attacks. Most of the messages sent were on BlackBerries, although devices like Palm VIIx hand-held computers and some laptop computers can work on the same network.
    Some similar networks for one-way pagers and two-way paging devices were disrupted, however, when equipment was damaged or destroyed, said Phillip Redman, wireless research director at the Gartner Group, a technology consulting firm in Stamford, Conn.
    One company, a WorldCom unit called SkyTel, lost 30 percent of its capacity in Manhattan on Sept. 11, according to the Gartner Group. Another two-way paging company, Arch Wireless, lost five of its frequencies in New York, knocking out service for about 50,000 subscribers.
    ''The BlackBerry held up admirably because data is easier to transmit than voice in such a strenuous situation,'' Mr. Redman said. ''They were also quite lucky.''

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    Re: Great 9/11 Blackberry story

    Any SMS would have got thru actually. Some carriers even reserve spots for SMS on their networks so even if you can't call at least you can send a an SMS to anyone and most carriers got SMS to voice feature so you can even contact people on their home phone with SMSs.

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    Great story

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    dumb story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adamazda
    dumb story.
    Why is it a dumb story?

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    Re: Great 9/11 Blackberry story

    because its too long to read...

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    ~via BB (wap.pinstack.com)~ Too bad. If you took the time to read it, it shouldn't be dumb.

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    Re: Great 9/11 Blackberry story

    I thought it was a great story and only took about 2 minutes to read. This is important stuff because of how our world is today. The recent shooting at VT is another example. I was reading about a company, forgot the name, that is leading the charge in college security and setting up a system to alert students and even keep track of them during an emergency. With a daughter away at college I am always interested in this new technology. Thanks for the story.
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    ~via BB (wap.pinstack.com)~good find, thanks for sharing.

    Good thing I have a Blackberry

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    Thats it is a relative story i think, yes everbody was panic, yes phones didint work, but i am not shure about cellphones... The only thing i can asure that did work that day where Satelite Phones, making huge amount of money and actauly working almost perfect since, there arent antenas just satelites, the only thing that bust our tecnology...

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    Re: Great 9/11 Blackberry story

    I think the story is discussing the old Blackberry network which did use a dedicated paging-type system.

    Modern blackberrys use the same cellular network that phones use and thus shouldn't be any more reliable than SMS, I believe.

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    Re: Great 9/11 Blackberry story

    what if terrorists attack Waterloo, Ontario?

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