There are many to reasons to love Kim Kardashian West, and one of the best is her devotion to physical keyboards. Kardashian might be the highest-profile BlackBerry user on the planet — it's between her and President Obama, and she uses them voluntarily — and it's not like she's rocking a Passport or a Priv: she's a ride-or-die BlackBerry Bold fan. (You can find all the proof you need right here.) "It's my heart and soul, I love it and I'll never get rid of it," said Kardashian at Recode's 2014 Code/Mobile conference. "I do have an iPhone, and I use it for photos. But if you write an email and you need to type fast — I like having the board. They don't even have them in stores anymore. I buy them on eBay. It's a BlackBerry Bold. And I like to have three in my room that I line up in case they break."
Despite her best attempts at hoarding, it sounds like Kardashian's physical keyboard days are about to come to an end. In a new interview with Recode's Kara Swisher on Swisher's Recode Decode podcast, Kardashian admitted it's getting harder and harder for her to track down the Bold model she likes. "I'm so close to giving it up," said Kardashian. "I thought I would be BlackBerry 'til I die. I do still love my buttons, but you know, I think eBay has almost run out of this model... I think there's been a few more models since then which I didn't like as much, and I feel like I'm so close to just having the iPhone 6S."
Imagine a bidding war with Kim Kardashian
If you take a quick peek at eBay's various BlackBerry Bold listings, you'll see Kardashian isn't kidding: their numbers are dwindling. Can you imagine finding yourself in a heated bidding war with one of the most famous people on the planet over a cellphone released a half-decade ago? You're lying in bed eating chocolate chips right out of the bag and catching up on The Good Wife; she's sitting at her kitchen table in Calabasas, FaceTiming with Kanye on her other phone and reviewing sketches of the newest Kimojis. She hears North crying in the living room and steps away for a second, jogging on the marble in flesh-toned heels; you press the advantage and come away victorious. You've bested Kim Kardashian West. She looks at her stack of remaining BlackBerries and sheds a single tear. You spill some chocolate chips onto your duvet. You don't know why you wanted the phone in the first place. Does it matter?
Anyway, I hope Kim's transition to a life without physical keyboards is smooth and painless.