Today RIM launches BlackBerry Management Center, a free online service that helps small businesses automatically back up smartphones on a regular basis, locate lost devices, reset a device password, or remotely erase the information stored on a device if it is lost or stolen.
What is the true cost of a lost smartphone? For businesses, the cost can far exceed the actual cost of the device. Factor in the cost of lost productivity with the time it takes to set up a new device and recover lost information, and the cost can climb into the thousands of dollars. Costs can soar even higher in cases of the loss or theft of unsecured or unprotected devices that allow confidential customer or company information to fall into the wrong hands.
Mobile security is an important consideration for small businesses and one that needs to be taken seriously. BlackBerry Management Center is just one of the ways that RIM is helping SMBs manage, secure, and protect BlackBerry smartphones and the information stored on them.
Well with little fanfare from the folks over at Verizon, they have officially launched the new BlackBerry Bold 9930. Pricing for the 9930 is $509.99 with no commitment or $249.99 with a 2 year contract.
It seems every Canadian carrier is releasing the new BlackBerry Bold 9900 & Torch 9810 this week. SaskTel tweeted yesterday that they'd start selling the devices as early as today. No pricing has been announced yet, but you can be certain that the pricing will be similar to Bell, Rogers & Telus.
A BlackBerry Bold 9900 was spotted on display at a Carphone Warehouse in the UK yesterday. This comes a few days before most carriers in UK & USA have planned to released the device. It is unclear at this time if it's already for sale at this store or if the display was prematurely put up.
Are you excited for BlackBerry's UK release of OS 7 devices?
If you've noticed recently that Koodo was selling the BlackBerry Curve 3G for a no-contract price of $150, you probably wondered if this was foresight to new things to come. Well, according to the above screenshot, Koodo will soon be carrying the BlackBerry Curve 9360 with a $300 price tag. No much is known on this unreleased/unannounced device, but I'm sure more details will become available closer to when this device launches.
My Canadian brethren, you'll be excited to know that's you can now purchase the BlackBerry Bold 9900 & Torch 9810 from Bell. The pricing seems on par with what Rogers is selling the devices. I was unable to find any of these devices in my local Bell store, but I'm quite certain that the big box retailers have a good quantity of them in stock.
Today we also received word that Sprint would be outing the BlackBerry Bold 9930 the same day they release the Torch 9850, August 21st. That will be two new BlackBerry OS 7 devices for the nations 3rd largest carrier, a move you don't typically see from Sprint. You'll be able to pick one up for $499 sans contract, or $249 with a 2 year contract and instant mail in rebate!
We got word, and the above image today, that Sprint plans to launch their release of the BlackBerry Torch 9850 on August 21st. This will be the first all touch screen BlackBerry for Sprint. Sprint announced the 9850 last week, but only said it would be available "this fall". The 9850 will be available for $449 with no commitment or $149 on a 2 year contract after an instant mail in rebate.
Fellow Canadian friends, Rogers has raised the bar once again & become the first Canadian (& worldwide) carrier to officially release the BlackBerry Bold 9900. We've heard that several locations started selling them yesterday & that many locations have already sold out. If you're more interested in the Torch 9810, Rogers will be launching it on August 12th (Friday).
A few details of RIM's first QNX smartphone have leaked out, and it looks like the release for this device may be delayed right out of the gate. RIM is famous for their device battery life, and unparalleled device security. However, RIM has had to delay native email support for its first QNX device, the Playbook, because it did not play well with BlackBerry Enterprise Server. Rewriting it's Enterprise software has proven a challenge, and integrating a smartphone with QNX would be even more challenging.
With the news of the new BlackBerry 7 devices being released, and no word from US carrier Verizon about their release of the devices, a lot of Verizon's loyal fan base has been up in arms. Fear not, Verizon is in fact gearing up for training on OS 7, as well as the Bold 9930.
We don't have any solid dates as of yet, but a leaked screen shot from the Verizon Wireless system shows the training material. As soon as we get word on some official dates, we'll be sure to pass them along.
Want to be one of the first to get your hands on the new OS7 devices once they hit Canada? If so all you have to do is head over to your local BestBuy store and with a small deposit of $50 you can insure you get one reserved for you on release day! So what will it be, the 9900, 9810 or the 9850? Decisions, decisions.....
With RIM's new lineup of OS7 devices, none of them seem to be a refresh to a previous OS6 device. None, except for the BlackBerry Torch 9810. This device has an updated VGA display, more fluid UI & overall quicker response to keystrokes. When compared to the Torch 9800, the screen resolution is the first thing that you'll notice, followed by the crisp, vibrant colors.
Here is our first hands-on video of the BlackBerry Bold 9900. This device is surely a great flagship device for the new OS7. Very smooth, fluid, sleek. Comparable in size to the Bold 9000, this device is the thinnest BlackBerry yet.