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    by Published on 01-22-2012 03:03 AM
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    Official OS 7.0.0.557 has reached the BlackBerry Curve 9380 on Redington. If you have a Curve 9380, get out that USB cord and give your a device a fresh OS. Don't forget to drop a comment below and let us know how it's working out for you!

    Note: The Software Platform and Applications version numbers can be found under Options-About screen on the handheld.
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    by Published on 01-22-2012 02:53 AM
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    1. Official OS,
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    Official OS 7.0.0.585 from Videotron has reached the BlackBerry Bold 9900 today. If you have a Bold 9900, get out that USB cord and give your a device a fresh OS. Be sure to let us know how it works for you!

    Note: The Software Platform and Applications version numbers can be found under Options-About screen on the handheld.
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    by Published on 01-22-2012 01:17 AM
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    It looks like RIM's round 2 counter suit against Kodak will be delayed upon the woes of Kodak recently filing for chapter 11 bankruptcy. The judge overruling the case has moved the date for a court ruling to September 21, 2012. If you remember, just about a year ago to the day, a Judge ruled against Kodak in their attack on RIM in a patent infringement case. Here is RIM's official statement regarding the trial delay:

    RIM is ready and willing to proceed to trial today but Kodak asked the court to delay the trial until August. Moreover, RIM is willing to pay for its use of valid patents--RIM pays hundreds of millions of dollars annually for patent licenses. But RIM believes that Kodak's main patent in this dispute, the '218, is neither valid nor infringed and RIM's position was supported by one of the nation's most respected patent judges, the International Trade Commission's Chief Judge Luckern.
    The way things are looking upon the situation with Kodak, this suit may never get a chance to go to trial. RIM seems to be holding their ground though. We'll keep you posted on any updates or changes.
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    by Published on 01-22-2012 12:41 AM
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    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Apps

    BlackBerry recently hosted an event at the Aspen Social Club in New York City, where Team BlackBerry, including our very own BBOS bloggers AgentBlackBerry and TwistMyMind, got the opportunity to check out the BlackBerry PlayBook, BlackBerry 7 smartphones and the many BlackBerry apps with special guest Michael Strahan.
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    by Published on 01-20-2012 09:59 AM
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    T-Mobile prepares to silently launch two new promotional data feature bundles, available for a limited time. Beginning January 25th, T-Mobile will launch the Unlimited-Premium 5GB and 10GB data plans that will add in the Smartphone Mobile HotSpot and MobileLife Album Plus services for free. That’s an additional value of $19.98 for the customer. Smartphone Mobile HotSpot provides the ability to share a 4G connection and is normally a $14.99 value. This move provides T-Mobile a step above the competition, especially if they were to offer this as a prime-time promotion and not hide it behind the shadows.

    According to the screenshot, T-Mobile doesn’t want to proactively offer this feature and i have to disagree. I get that the company wants to protect the bottom line, but this is the kind of promotion they should be shouting from the rooftops and promoting on TV. I do understand this promotion is a tool designed to help sway someone on the fence about signing up with T-Mobile. In other words, this promotion will most likely be used as a closing tool for sales rep to help show the T-Mobile “value” over the competition. Except existing customers deserve these plans as well and if T-Mobile wants to stop churn, stop churn, don’t selectively offer promotions. Haven’t they recognized this from the feedback accrued during the recent Value Plan sales?

    This promotion is available to both new and existing customers on any legacy contract, classic and value rate plans who choose to upgrade to the Unlimited-Premium 5GB or Unlimited-Ultra 10GB rate plan. I would also love to see the costs for these data plans.
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    by Published on 01-20-2012 09:55 AM
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    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. BlackBerry News



    Research In Motion announced the new BlackBerry Curve 9380 smartphone in Indonesia, the first-ever BlackBerry Curve model with an all touch display. This sleek and stylish new smartphone is now available from authorized partners Comtech Cellular, Teletama Artha Mandiri and Selular Media Infotama.

    Gregory Wade, Regional Managing Director, East Asia at RIM, said, “The new BlackBerry Curve 9380 is sleek, easy-to-use and delivers a powerful social and multimedia experience. The vivid all-touch display is a first for the BlackBerry Curve family of smartphones, which is extremely popular in Indonesia.”

    The BlackBerry Curve 9380 smartphone is powered by the BlackBerry 7 operating system, which delivers a faster and richer user experience. BlackBerry 7 introduces an enhanced browser that provides a significantly faster, more fluid web browsing experience. The browser includes a new JIT (just in time) JavaScript compiler to improve the load time speed of web pages and it offers optimized HTML5 performance for incredible gaming and video experiences. The popular universal search capability has also been enhanced with support for voice-activated search, so users can simply speak to begin searching their device and the web for information. It also includes the ability to manage personal content separately from corporate content, and comes with a variety of personal and productivity apps out of the box.

    In addition, the BlackBerry Curve 9380 includes built-in support for Augmented Reality and NFC, allowing users to connect with the world around them in fresh new ways. With the Wikitude Augmented Reality application, users can find nearby BBM contacts in real-time, read reviews about restaurants close to them, or get the story behind an interesting landmark and points of interest. NFC also enables many new and exciting capabilities, including the ability to make mobile payments, pair accessories or read SmartPoster tags with a simple tap of the smartphone.
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    by Published on 01-19-2012 07:15 AM
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    1. BlackBerry News

    With RIM's future most likely in the hands of what happens this year, it seems as though BlackBerry software licensing may be the company's most likely scenario. Earlier in the week rumors about a possible purchase from the mobile giant Samsung began to circulate, but were quickly deemed false. However, talks about other things may have been going on.

    Samsung has denied claims that it has spoken with RIM about using BlackBerry software in any way. However, a report from a prominent shareholder say otherwise. According to this shareholder RIM has likely spoken with several handset makers about using BlackBerry 10 on their devices. In addition he believes that Samsung is in fact, interested in a licensing deal even though they say otherwise. "I'm secure they're talking about licensing stuff," he said. "I don't know if they're looking to buy the company and I don't care."

    A licensing deal would help address the poor sales that RIM is dealing with their current OS 7 devices, and help them compete with Apple and Android devices. RIM is looking to repair a damages U.S market as well. All of this why the company is in the position of rethinking their strategy.

    One thing to note is that we did hear from co-CEO Mike Lazaridis that RIM would be aggressive in making the right moves stating that they would leave "no stone unturned". Other analysts suggest that if RIM did allow enterprise services like BBM to be used by Samsung or an Android partner they would achieve "instant differentiation in the increasingly monochrome Android space,". Analyst are also saying that such a deal would give RIM's stock the much needed boost that it needs.

    Even though all of this sounds good there seems to be some drawback as well. If RIM were to license out its software to other handheld makers where would that leave its existing devices. Would they then have to abandon the BlackBerry? In addition, most of this would have to go through RIM's co-CEO's Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis.

    The future of RIM is yet to be decided. Whether its a sale, a change up in management, or licensing out BlackBerry software something is going to change. All we can hope for is that the right decision is made and that BlackBerry users will have the least amount of change as possible.
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    by Published on 01-18-2012 09:36 PM
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    1. Official OS,
    2. BlackBerry News



    Official OS 7.0.0.585 from MTS Mobility has reached the BlackBerry Bold 9900 today. If you have a Bold 9900, get out that USB cord and give your a device a fresh OS. Be sure to let us know how it works for you!

    Note: The Software Platform and Applications version numbers can be found under Options-About screen on the handheld.
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    by Published on 01-18-2012 05:53 PM
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    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook



    If you're in the market for a data plan, and have never in your entire life had one, AT&T is changing up their prices! Just don't be alarmed if you stumble upon past deals and are painfully alarmed by the difference. As of January 22nd, AT&T's new data plans will be as follows:
    • Data Plus (300 MB) = $20
    • Data Pro (3 GB) = $30
    • Data Pro (5 GB with Mobile Hotspot and tethering) = $50
    In all honesty, and because my data plan grandfathers over, AT&T does have a valid point:
    "Customers are using more data than ever before," said David Christopher, chief marketing officer, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. "Our new plans are driven by this increasing demand in a highly competitive environment, and continue to deliver a great value to customers, especially as we continue our 4G LTE deployment."

    Customers are encouraged to keep their device's Wi-Fi turned on because data usage over Wi-Fi does not count against a customer's monthly data plan. As an added value, AT&T smartphone and tablet customers have access at no additional charge to AT&T's 29,000 Wi-Fi hotspots nationwide - the nations's largest Wi-Fi network. **Customers can get more information at www.att.com/wifiaccess.
    Next comes the reveal of tablet data plan prices, included are going to be BlackBerry PlayBooks when they're finally 4G compatible:
    • DataConnect (3 GB) = $30
    • DataConnect (5 GB) = $50
    Current customers will have the option of keeping their current data plan, but also can decide to switch to one of the new ones. The 250 MB data plan for $14.99 will also still be up for grabs for tablet users.
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    by Published on 01-18-2012 03:48 AM
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    Whenever I travel South of the border to the lovely United States of America, I'm always haunted with the idea of a ridiculously high data roaming bill for my FourSquare, Google Maps & BBM escapades. On my recent trip to New York City for BBMUglySweater, I racked up a Sir Robert Borden to my bill in roaming charges (for those of you outside of Canada, that's a 100-dollar bill) in merely 24 hours.

    To my surprise, I was introduced today to a newly launched Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO), aptly named Roam Mobility. On Monday, they announced their U.S. voice and data roaming service in partnership with T-Mobile. Their roaming packages claim to offer Canadians “price reductions of up to 99%”.

    As you'd expect, Roam isn't in the handset business. They currently only carry two devices: a low-end handset called “Breeze” that retails for $39.95, & a mobile hotspot for $129.95.

    Where i think Roam will most likely make most of their profit is from customers traveling to the US and activating on of their roaming plans: Talk + Text + Data plans start at $14.95 for 1-day (includes unlimited talk/text & 100 MB of data) and go up to $99.95 for 30 days (includes unlimited talk/text & 2 GB data).

    As you'd expect, I've already pre-ordered two SIM Cards for a low price of $19.95
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    by Published on 01-18-2012 03:06 AM
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    1. How-To, Help, Tips,
    2. BlackBerry News


    There has been many misconception to the success of app development within the BlackBerry platform. Applications found within BlackBerry App World are seeing growth that would have been unheard of 18 months ago. Recently, Alex Kinsella (Social Media Manager at RIM) asked Ronjon Nag, VP of BlackBerry App World to compile a list of his top tips, based on his personal experience, for getting more money from your apps on BlackBerry App World.
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    by Published on 01-17-2012 08:45 PM
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    Earlier today we reported about a rumor that Samsung was interested in purchasing RIM. We can now put that one to bed as Samsung spokesman James Chung stated that: "We haven't considered acquiring the firm and are not interested in (buying RIM),". It can't get any clearer than that.

    Once again, we see false and misleading information from tech blog website BGR. This isn't the first time the self proclaimed "Biggest Letter In Tech" has led the BlackBerry blogging community on a wild goose chase. We have seen this before and even wrote in detail about this biased and mostly inaccurate site. We at BBOS take pride in trying to post the most accurate and up to date information we can.

    Although this rumor has been squashed, an acquisition of RIM still cannot be ruled out. Who that may be is still uncertain, and at this point selling the company is till just speculation. What we do know is that RIM is committed to the BlackBerry and that it has been a great year so far.
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    by Published on 01-17-2012 04:37 PM
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    I have always wondered how come RIM doesn't have us test out more OSes through the Beta Zone. It's probably because that's what carrier testing is for but some reason, every once in a while a T-Mobile USA OS shows up in the Beta Zone. We've seen this as far back as the Curve 8900 and as a recent as the Bold 9900. This time though T-Mobile USA is launching a whole In-Market Beta Program for the new 7.1 OS through the Beta Zone. If you are a T-Mobile subscriber and are rocking an OS 7 device, head on over to the Beta Zone and sign up! Then come back here and share with us what you thought of the upgrade.
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    by Published on 01-17-2012 11:40 AM
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    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Rumors


    It seems as though this year will be packed full of interesting news. Rumors about RIM's acquisition have been circulating for quite some time. We learned late last year that Microsoft, Amazon, and Nokia all mulled over bids on RIM. It is no secret to anyone that RIM had a difficult time last year meeting its financial goals, as well as missed market opportunities.

    New information has surfaced that suggests that mobile giant Samsung is also interested in RIM. This new report states that a full sale price of RIM would be somewhere within the $12 to $15 Billion dollar range. These prices would actually be selling RIM's shares at a higher price than they are currently worth.

    Does any of this even make any sense? It just might. We have heard from every expert analyst about what RIM should do with its future and have even heard that RIM should abandon the BlackBerry all together and focus entirely on enterprise software solutions. The fact is, RIM will make its own decision based on whats best for the company, but pressure from investors and unhappy consumers definitively have an effect on the decision making.

    The problem is that if this does happen, BlackBerry as we know it will change in some way whether its good or bad. In addition to this we also heard that RIM would be releasing devices at a slow pace and even later than expected. This certainly does help. What do you think RIM should do? How do you think a sale would affect BlackBerry users?
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    by Published on 01-17-2012 12:01 AM
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    1. Official OS,
    2. BlackBerry News

    Official OS 7.0.0.579 from Brightpoint has reached the BlackBerry Porsche Design P’9981 today. If you are lucky enough to have a Porsche Design P’9981 in your hands, get out that USB cord and give your a device a fresh OS. Be sure to let us know how it works for you!

    Note: The Software Platform and Applications version numbers can be found under Options-About screen on the handheld.
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