$612.5 Million…

…is all it cost Research in Motion to get NTP Inc. to drop its patent lawsuit so BlackBerries will keep working. According to ComputerWorld:

“We are pleased to have reached an amicable settlement with RIM,” said Donald E. Stout, NTP’s co-founder. “We believe that the settlement is in the best interests of all parties, including the U.S. government and all other BlackBerry users in the United States. NTP is pleased that the issue has been resolved and looks forward to enhancing its businesses.”

Government BlackBerry users had fretted that losing their service could cause them problems, and had asked a federal judge last week to be exempt from any order to shut down the service.

I hope the government and all other BlackBerry users realize that their desperate pleas about how crucial the devices are to the functioning of our nation and its economy probably boosted the price of the settlement.  And you’ll all be paying for it.

So what happens to the “work-around?”

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