Last week, I wrote about the new danger signs around BlackBerry’s current comeback attempt, including the lack of carrier support for its new BlackBerry Classic smartphone. [Updated 2/16/15: AT&T said today that it would begin selling the BlackBerry Classic and Passport on Feb. 20.] [Updated 2/24/15: Verizon Wireless said today it would sell the Classic on Feb. 26. But it announced no plans to carry the Passport.]

BlackBerry fans were outraged, with some taking my analysis as a personal attack on their choice of the BlackBerry platform. Some resorted to the worst impulses of a fan, with the Internet’s modern equivalent (“you’re an Apple fanboy”) of the “your mother wears combat boots” insults from the era of my boyhood.

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