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This may be the best celebrity endorsement BlackBerry has ever received

Published Feb 17th, 2015 6:30PM EST
BlackBerry 50 Shades Of Grey

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Forget about Kim Kardashian and definitely, definitely forget about Alicia Keys. BlackBerry has received a ringing endorsement from author E.L. James, who wrote a good chunk of her smash hit 50 Shades of Grey on a BlackBerry phone.

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Business Insider reminds us that James first talked about using her BlackBerry to write the novel back in 2012, which is really may be the first instance we’ve heard of large portions of a best-selling novel being written on a smartphone instead of a PC. James would write parts of the book on her BlackBerry while commuting on public transportation and would then beam the text to her Mac at night.

Of course, writing such a novel on a touchscreen-only device might be a lot more difficult, which is why it makes sense that the book was written on a BlackBerry with its iconic physical keyboard.

Why is this such a good celebrity endorsement for BlackBerry? Well, it fits in with the company’s mantra of how its devices help people get work done, even if that work involves writing tawdry S&M-fueled erotica.

We wouldn’t expect to see James pop up in any BlackBerry ads, however, although she could make a pretty persuasive case that BlackBerry phones are the ones that can help fantasies come true…

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.