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BlackBerry Britain

3:35 PM -- Venture down into the fetid, sweltering tunnels of the London Underground -- seriously, the news reports are claiming that it's hotter than Rio here at the moment -- and it's noticeable that BlackBerry 's North American fave, the BlackBerry wireless email device, is making a big push in the U.K. at the moment.

Ads plastered all over the trains proclaim that although the new BlackBerry 7130 may look like a phone it has the heart of a BlackBerry, or words to that effect. It is noticeable, meanwhile, that a lot more people have the devices than last time I was back in Blighty 18 months ago.

Still the surest sign of the uptick in RIM's U.K. fortunes is the way that mobile-obssesed teenagers have adopted them into language. I've heard the phrase "I'll BlackBerry you" at least twice around town in the last week. I find that once a technology enters that demographic's lexicon, it's usually going places.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

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