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June 8, 2006

CrackBerry still alive and well

Posted by Tricia Duryee at 10:12 AM

It seems it has been awhile since we've heard about wireless devices leading to e-mail addictions.

Apparently, the trend is alive and well.

Reuters reported today in this eWeek story that Rick Ueno, general manager of the Sheraton Chicago Hotel, said he began a program that offers to lock up guest's e-mail devices in his offices if they are looking for a break.

The perk derives from his own personal BlackBerry addiction. He recently switched to a regular cellphone.

"I was really addicted to my BlackBerry. I had an obsession with e-mail," he told Reuters. "Morning and night. There came a time when I didn't think it was healthy. ... I quit cold turkey.

"I run a hotel with over 900 employees and thousands of guests. I think I'm more effective. I feel better. I sleep better. My family likes it," he said of his post-BlackBerry life.

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