The BlackBerry wireless e-mail pager
became a part of American political history
during the 2000 Presidential election
. It was the device upon which candidate Albert Gore, Jr.
, having privately conceded the election to his opponent George W. Bush
and on his way to deliver a speech making it official, received the message "never surrender
" from campaign manager Donna Brazile. Though Gore was not convinced, further messages received by aides on their own wireless pagers made it clear that the battle for Florida
was not yet decided and the election could still be won by the Democrats.
So there you go -- one of the most momentous political events of the late twentieth century, all made possible through wireless technology.