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BlackBerry the Unlikely Winner During the Earthquake

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So, where were you when you felt the quake? Or did you at all?

While the Minyanville offices experienced the slightest of shimmies, others didn't notice they were living through a rare East Coast earthquake. Fortunately, aside from some fallen picture frames and a couple cracks in the Washington Monument, there weren't many injuries or sizable damage.

Still, this not being the ever-shaky West Coast, the Eastern Seaboard erupted in calls, texts, and Twitter posts following the still-very-sizable-to-us 5.9 magnitude quake. As such, the four major nationwide wireless carriers -- AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile -- all experienced service interruptions to some degree. Despite no tower damage, the high-call volume created a dead zone for millions of users.

However, one service stood strong and remained open to users. And given this past year, the company behind it could really use a win.

The service: Research in Motion's BlackBerry Messenger.

According to Bloomberg, BlackBerry Messenger operated normally throughout Tuesday afternoon and evening. Mashable's Chris Taylor also notes the service's resilience as it withstood the immense traffic during the Chilean Earthquake of 2010 and the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks in New York.

While it may not steady RIM's own shaky ground, it's nice that the underdog could win one.

(See also: BlackBerry Ad Accidentally Features, Promotes Android and Apple Ripped Off Stanley Kubrick, Says Samsung)

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