RIM Announces December’s BlackBerry Fan of the Month – Congrads to @Zalman5K

RIM has announce December’s BlackBerry Fan of the Month! We like to take a minute to congratulate Zalman AKA @Zalman5K for being the BlackBerry Fan of the Month! Nice job Zalman keep up the great work and if you are interested in writing about BlackBerry news and more let us know by BBMing us! Our BBM Pin:2A3FCADB! Hit the break to learn about how you can be the next BlackBerry Fan of the Month along with more info on Zalman!

Be sure to check out the Spanish version of this interview below!

We can’t believe that it’s already December, #TeamBlackBerry. Where did 2012 go? As the year winds down, it’s time to crown our final BlackBerry Fan of the Month (FOTM) for 2012. Last month, we were excited to announce the first FOTM from outside of North America; this month, we’re celebrating another first as we announce our first FOTM from Latin America (Colombia, to be exact)!

Our December FOTM is the definition of a BlackBerry pro—by connecting his BlackBerry devices, he’s been able to cut down on the use of PCs and carry out almost all of his work on his BlackBerry Curve 9300 and his TWO BlackBerry PlayBook tablets. This FOTM isn’t all work when it comes to his BlackBerry devices, though. When he’s not blazing through the 100+ emails he typically receives in one day, you can find him placing video calls on his BlackBerry PlayBook tablets or chatting with friends and family over BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) (he can hold up to 15 conversations at once!). Pretty impressive, huh?

Without further ado, it is my pleasure to introduce you all to our December FOTM. #TeamBlackBerry, meet Zalman (@Zalman5K):


1. How many years have you been on Team BlackBerry?

Since 2007, when it wasn’t that well-known. Back then I already knew how useful it could be as a work tool.

2. How many BlackBerry devices have you had in total? Could you list them all out for us?

Perhaps 4 or 5. I remember clearly that the first one was a BlackBerry Pearl, then one from the 8500 series, a Bold and now a Curve 9300. But I’m anxiously waiting for the new line with BlackBerry 10.

3. What are your favorite BlackBerry applications?

UberSocial and HootSuite to manage my social networks, mainly my Twitter account (@Zalman5k), BlackBerry Travel to manage and organize my trips, AP Mobile to stay informed, Nobex Radio to listen to my favorite radio stations, and of course, BBM and WhatsApp to talk all day long with all my contacts.

4. What is your favorite BBM emoticon?

:D Big Smile

5. How many BBM contacts do you have?

Right now, 93. I try to have all the people I talk to the most in my contact list…

6. Tell us about the best BBM you’ve ever received. What did it say and who was it from?

I couldn’t really say which one has been the best. I work as a Life Coach & Business Coach, and every time someone writes to me with good news about their progress, or about getting good results after all their hard work, those are all messages that fill me with joy.

7. Do you have an all-time favorite BlackBerry memory? We’d love to hear about it!

Honestly, every day I build a best memory with my BlackBerry. When I receive a message, I share pictures, videos or content with the people I love the most… The best memories are those when distance is erased and I can be near the people who make me happy thanks to my BlackBerry.

8. We’ve seen you tweet about BlackBerry 10 a good bit and we’re so glad you’re excited for the launch! Which BlackBerry 10 feature are you most excited to try?

All of them! It’s packed with very useful work and connectivity tools, but without a doubt, the ones that I look forward to the most are the selective photo editor to choose segments and go back in time for that image, the multiple working environments, having all the connectivity by sliding the page and, of course, video calls.

9. We see you constantly promoting your love of BlackBerry. How many of your friends have become member of the BlackBerry family because of it?

Hehehe, quite a few, almost 10 new people and almost the same quantity or more people switching from other brands to BlackBerry, because it’s a reliable and secure device and platform.

10. Your Twitter profile says you are a “Coach, Consultant and Strategist” – how do you feel you most influence people’s lives?

My job is to thinking differently, and I focus on being a facilitator and agent of change, both for the people and companies I get the chance to work with. My intention is to influence them in the best way possible, applying all my knowledge, so that they see their own lives as a collection of dreams that can be fulfilled, reached and surpassed!

That’s how I try to create an environment for the person or the company who seeks me out, for them to have a new vision and act on their present and on their best possible future. You can always do better! And if you dream it, you can do it!

11. You seem to be very excited by our Generation BlackBerry challenge. Have you entered? What makes you so excited about it?

I like sharing with all of #TeamBlackBerry, and when I have pictures to share it’s always a pleasure — the same thing with contests and activities. The best thing is being able to meet other people, get to know their interests and things they like, but above all, see how they view their world through their BlackBerry.

12. Last but not least, are you prepared to handle the fame that comes with being our Fan of the Month?

Hahaha it’s an honor and my pleasure. I like knowing that I’m the first person from Latin America and specially having the opportunity of being with #TeamBlackBerry for the end of 2012 and the start of 2013 with the new BlackBerry 10! But the fame is not mine to keep, the brand deserves all of it, it has made my life easier, it’s helped me be more efficient and, without a doubt, it has made my life easier… No doubt about it: I love BlackBerry!!!