Adding its mighty weight to RIM's case was the US government, which requested that federal users be exempted from any cessation of service: 'Washington "needs BlackBerry"' (bbc.co.uk, 2 February).
With such positive coverage and a rising share price, it seemed BlackBerry owners could begin to feel confident: 'Brits can hang on to their BlackBerrys' (ABCMoney. co.uk, 2 February). But they cannot relax yet.
Commentators observed that the High Court ruling was 'nothing but a public relations win', and that the wrangling made a shutdown 'a little more likely' (vnunet.com, 3 February).
A settlement is deemed the most likely outcome, but some investors are allegedly ditching their handsets already. 'Crackberries' – owners who have succumbed to the device's addictive nature – may suffer withdrawal after all.
Analysis conducted by Echo Research from data supplied to PRWeek from NewsNow.