The SECOND of TEN WINNERS in our
What Would You Do for a BlackBerry Storm? Contest!
We debuted our first of ten winners yesterday in the what What Would Would You Do for a BlackBerry Storm? Contest with an example of extreme brand loyalty. T.J.'s BlackBerry Storm tattoo set the bar high for just how far CrackBerry Nation is willing to go to get their hands on a FREE BlackBerry (plus win some bragging rights!). Today's winning entry is from another popular theme of ideas we saw emerge from the over 3,000 contestants who entered... breaking old phones!
To make way for your new BlackBerry Storm, over 200 of you submitted creative ways to get rid of or destroy your current smartphone. I gotta say, the judging team had real mixed feelings on this notion, especially when it came to all of the entries which had a BlackBerry 8700, 8800, Pearl or Curve meeting a not-so friendly end. The consensus was that old BlackBerrys should never be destroyed, even if you are getting a new one. It's much better to pass your old BlackBerry onto a relative, friend or co-worker... give them a 'taste' and get them hooked on the CrackBerry. On the other hand, the thought of destroying a non-BlackBerry smartphone to make way for a new BlackBerry (and welcome in a new member of the BlackBerry Community!) could be a lot of fun.
That brings us to Michael (mad-dog74) of West Virginia's clever So Long Palm entry:
I want a Storm SO bad (and am convinced that I would LOVE a BlackBerry) that I would cut my Treo in half with a reciprocating saw. Then I would drill a hole in each half, zip tie them together, with a tag that says "No Longer Needed by this CrackBerry Addict". I would then mail it to PALM's corporate office. I'll even submit the tracking number so delivery can be proved. I want a Storm so bad that I actually dreamed about it last night!
Talk about making a statement! All of our judges had Michael's entry on their list of favorites. How could you not?! And Michael is definitely a deserving winner - watch the video above and check out the photos after the jump. He took this task seriously. Just a small note of caution: If you're a Palm loyalist, you best not watch this video. Oh, and I do have the tracking # and have been watching the shipment... it should be hitting Palm's office within the next 48 hours!
Congrats Michael! We have eight more winning submissions to come in the days ahead. Keep in mind we didn't rank the top ten winners beyond being in the top ten - so these are hitting the web in no particular order. Once they've all been posted we're gonna let you guys vote on your favorite, and will put together an extra-special prize for the community top pick! Enjoy the show!!!!
So Long Palm!!
UPDATE: Somebody from Palm Took Headquarters took Delivery!!