CRACKBERRY: True Tales of BlackBerry Use and Abuse

Our very own Gary Mazo and fellow collaborators Martin Trautschold and Kevin Michaluk have published a groundbreaking tome about the omnipresent, some say demonic, BlackBerry Only this time it is about the inner workings of the people who are addicted to its use This book uncovers the lighter and darker sides of those whose lives have been taken over by the insidious little device that so many find indispensable Our very own President on Deck, Barack Obama, may soon be suffering BlackBerry withdrawal when, as President at Bat, it is declared off limits as a national security insecurity

Be the first on your block to get the inside scoop on what is surely the technology expose of the season Read the entertaining and elucidating wit and wisdom of Gary Mazo, Martin Trautschold and Kevin Michaluk as they guide you through the nether world of abject BlackBerry addiction Never has such a seemingly innocuous device taken over the lives of so many innocent (and let’s face it, not so innocent) and unsuspecting people Without ever lighting it up or sticking it up your nose, you may find yourself needing it more and more Fortunately, the authors have not only included tests for diagnosing your addiction, they have included what just may possibly be the cure Maybe you, too, can once again maintain a healthy relationship with your beloved (BlackBerry, that is.) This book is a must read for anyone with any compact, ever present, all-in-one, communication device addiction.
BlackBerry Made Simple and have just published a joint collaboration: ‘CrackBerry: True Tales of BlackBerry Use and Abuse.’ The book is available for US$15.99 as an Electronic Book at and a Printed soft-cover book from for $15.99 at:

Martin Trautschold teamed up with co-author Gary Mazo from the BlackBerry Made Simple Guides and with Kevin Michaluk – Founder, Community Editor of the largest BlackBerry user site –

This unique book covers the phenomenon of ‘BlackBerry Addiction’ offering true life accounts of BlackBerry mishaps and unbelievable stories. The book also offers a comprehensive 12 Step Plan for ‘Recovery’ for BlackBerry Users and Abusers.

Some of the highlights include:

  • Dozens of user stories that are just too funny or too sad to believe.
  • A unique 12 Step approach to curb your BlackBerry use
  • Effective strategies for balancing life and work
  • Tips on some BlackBerry features that can help you maintain a ‘Life Balance’
  • ‘BlackBerry Confessions’ from the authors and user from
  • The ‘BlackBerry Quiz’ to test your level of addiction

The book is a must-read for all those who use their BlackBerry smartphones just a little too much. According to Michaluk, ‘The book is part humor, part Freud and part 12 step recovery plan. We wanted to keep the read entertaining and light while at the same time addressing the ever-growing problem of BlackBerry overuse!’

While the book is geared towards BlackBerry Smartphones, Trautschold notes ‘anybody addicted to their smartphone – BlackBerry, iPhone, Treo or any other device – can benefit from this book.’

Mazo added: ‘This the perfect holiday gift for your BlackBerry using loved one.’

About BlackBerry Made Simple

BlackBerry Made Simple is a BlackBerry Training Firm with a passion for making BlackBerry learning that meets the needs of busy BlackBerry users We realize that most BlackBerry users are short on time, highly mobile and learn at their own pace This is why we created our training video library to be short (each 3 minutes long), fully keyword searchable, and above all, engaging so our customers keep coming back for more Our Development Team has over 12,000 hours of experience working with BlackBerry Handhelds and Solutions Our clients range across industries and across the globe from Fortune 500 companies, Federal, State and Local Government organizations, Public and Private School Districts, Law Firms, Small and Large Non-Profits, and Small to Mid-Size Businesses of all types.

NOTE: BlackBerry Made Simple is an independent source of training for the BlackBerry(r) handheld and is not affiliated with, nor endorsed by, Research In Motion, Ltd. who owns the BlackBerry(r) trademark, logo and intellectual property.


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Written by Jeff