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Dell will kick out RIM BlackBerry’s in Bid to Promote Own Service

In a direct shot at BlackBerry maker RIM, Dell Inc. plans to move its 25,000 employees over to its own line of smartphones and then aggressively market a service to help other companies do the same. Dell Venue Pros running Windows Phone 7 in exchange for their BlackBerrys, but they’re also offering a new service to their clients for help switching from BlackBerry.

Eventually, the company also will offer phones powered by Google Inc.’s Android software.

Brian Gladden, Dell’s chief financial officer, said in an interview “Clearly in this decision we are competing with RIM, because we’re kicking them out,”

Dell will begin marketing a service to its business clients within two weeks aimed at helping them make a similar switch.

The switch begins next week and will save the company about 25% in mobile communication costs, primarily by eliminating the need for BlackBerry servers

The company is also talking with T-Mobile USA about purchasing voice minutes and monthly data in bulk, rather than individual employee plans. Minutes and data that go unused by the company would carryover

“We actually had a conversation last night around creating a site on eBay where we can actually sell these BlackBerry devices” that employees return.

Mr. Gladden said he hasn’t told RIM of his plans, adding, “it’s not clear to them the scope of what we’re doing.”

Employees that currently carry company-issued BlackBerrys can choose to receive Venue Pros with voice and data plans. Other employees will get Dell phones, but only with voice plans. They’ll be able to check email via Wi-Fi. Mr. Gladden said his company is working closely with Microsoft and that both parties recognize the opportunity for the software in the business market.

 

 

Gizmodo

RIM announces the launches of the new BlackBerry Curve 3g 9300

Today, the Research in Motion ( RIM ) we’re telling you that that phone has just been officially announced in the Philippines under the name of BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300.

The BlackBerry Curve 3G  looks almost identical to the Curve model it succeeded, the BlackBerry Curve 8520.

The two share the same dimensions, keypad design and even screen size. Design-wise, the only difference of the two is that the The Curve 9300 3G now supports faster 3G connectivity and will be available via local carriers this November.

Here are the specifications of BlackBerry Curve 3G:

  • BlackBerry 6 Operating System
  • 2.64 inches TFT screen, 65K colors, 320 x 240 pixels
  • QWERTY keypad
  • Touch-sensitive optical trackpad
  • 2 MP Camera, 1600×1200 pixels
  • microSD (TransFlash), up to 32GB
  • 256 MB memory
  • 3G HSDPA and HSCSD
  • GPRS: Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 – 48 kbps
  • EDGE Class 10, 236.8 kbps
  • Wi-Fi 802.11b/g
  • Bluetooth v2.0 with A2DP
  • microUSB

 

As for the pricing, BlackBerry Curve 8520 entered the Philippine market in Q4 2009 with a price tag of around Php 17,000.  Heard Globe is getting first dibs. The Curve 3G should go between Php15,000 to Php20,000.

 

 

 

 

Yugatech

The Unboxing of Sprint BlackBerry Style 9670

Hooray! Royal Purple…….Chris Burns-one of the writter on slashgear shares about his mail which is a BlackBerry Style 9670..

he BlackBerry I received here actually came in a larger box. This box is nice – all black with barcodes on the side and copyrights of many languages on the back. You can tell they’ve put some thought into this box as, other than the plastic, it is all one big piece. I love when companies do that as it shows ingenuity, class, and it definitely saves them a whole heck of a lot of money on packaging. Once inside the box, you’ll see the 9670 right on top held in place by a plastic-formed surround piece. This piece comes out easily, and the phone pops out easily with it (secure, yet simple to access.) Behind that, there’s a pull-out panel with a generous 1.5m BlackBerry USB Cable (I have a brain-fart in the video when I see it, but that’s what it is, a Fixed Blade Micro USB charger (which of course is the US version, as that’s where I am, and it comes in a separate wrap from the cable itself,) and a lovely BlackBerry stereo headset.

This BlackBerry is the dreaded flip-top, meaning I’ve always steered away from such phones as I had one once that broke basically instantly, but the world’s improved since 2005, hasn’t it? This 9670 has such a substantial hinge that I dare anyone to show me how they’ve busted it. But then again, don’t because this phone is very sensual and sexy to the touch.

It fits directly in the palm of the hand when closed, which is nice if you’re using it to check the time. When flipped open, it’s definitely designed aimed more toward the one-hand-thumb-clicker crowd, as when I attempt to do the double-thumb, I’ve got a bit of trouble holding it steady unless I do some real finger twisting.

The spring-loaded opening of the phone is slick. Definitely doable with one hand, opening or closing. Once open, everything is accessible with the thumb. Hardware controls include call, menu, chrome-rimmed optical trackpad, back, and end/power. Volume up/down and photo camera buttons are along the right of the phone (the camera button having the excellent ability to be turned on and activated by this one button), while along the left is the microUSB and headphone jack.

On the back is the camera and the flash. This same camera is used for both video and photos (5.0 MP with auto focus), obviously, and is in a slightly awkward place. Because of the weight of the flip-up portion and the fact that you cannot activate the camera while it’s closed, the camera’s position makes it difficult to use while holding the phone in a way that’s balanced. If you’ve got two hands to do it with, you’ll be in good condition.

Here’s where I speak a bit about the optical trackpad: it’s real touchy. Me being used to using mostly touchscreens, keys, and large trackpads during my day-to-day, I’m not used to this almost joystick-like button moving about at the drop of a pin. However, once I’d been using this phone for about an hour, I had a handle on it and it was from that point on only a minor annoyance, and only every once in a while.

Also along the left side of the phone is an almost-hidden compartment where you can access your microSD card. This, I must say, is a vast improvement over having to pop your battery out every time you want at it.

As what Chris have said all in all, BlackBerry smartphone rocking 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS, a 5 megapixel camera, BlackBerry OS 6, a QWERTY keyboard, and more, it does feel like an improvement over the Curve series in many ways. Especially for the younger, hipper demographic, the BlackBerry Style doesn’t feel too much out of place in that context. We just wish Sprint and RIM would have launched a slightly less expensive BlackBerry with the Style — those high schoolers, and their parents, wouldn’t be able to resist the new 9670.

The BlackBerry Style 9670 drops on October 31st, 2010, it’ll be priced at $99.99 following a $100 mail-in rebate.

The steel grey version will release on October 19, 2010, while the royal purple will rule the streets in November 2010.

Well played, BlackBerry designers!.

BlackBerry Bold 9780 officially announced by RIM

RIM or the Research in Motion has officially announced the new BlackBerry Bold 9780 running the latest Blackberry OS 6.0 featuring a full QWERTY keypad, 5MP camera with LED flash, and support for 3G/Wi-Fi calling, will be available in T-Mobile stores and online.

The BlackBerry Bold 9780 has almost the same exact design and form factor as the previous BlackBerry Bold 9650 back in April and the BlackBerry Bold 9700 prior to that.

Research in Motion (RIM) has updated its Bold series to the 9780 officially confirmed and In U.S. it will be sold by T-mobile for $130 with a two year contract and after a $50 mail-in rebate. T-Mobile will offer the RIM BlackBerry Bold 9780 in two colors: black or flash white.

BlackBerry Bold 9780 in Black and Flash White

The BlackBerry Bold 9780 will be available this November 17th, for $129.99 with a 2-year contract, after $50 mail-in rebate.

T-Mobile will apparently sell the smartphone in both White and Black color variants. it’s key features are:

  • Premium, top-of-the-line performance with full QWERTY keyboard and touch-sensitive trackpad.
  • New BlackBerry 6 operating system providing a fluid and user-friendly interface, and front-and-center access to the favorite features, including universal search and Web browser.
  • Web browser delivers a desktop-like experience including HTML e-mail and tabbed browsing along with attachment download and document editing.
  • Integrated social networking and RSS feeds.
  • 624MHz processor, 512 MB of internal memory and support for up to 32 GB with a 2GB memory card included.
  • 5-megapixel camera with autofocus, LED flash, digital zoom and video recording.
  • BlackBerry e-mail enables virtual real-time access to up to 10 e-mail accounts such as Yahoo!®, Windows Live Hotmail, AOL®, Gmail™ and corporate accounts.
  • Instant messaging clients pre-loaded: BlackBerry Messenger, AOL® Instant Messenger, Google™ Talk, ICQ®, Windows Live Messenger and Yahoo!® Messenger.
  • Built-in GPS and location-based services by TeleNav Navigator.
  • Quad-band GSM world phone: (850/900/1800/1900 MHz).
  • Tri-band 3G UMTS/HSDPA world phone: (Band I, Band IV, Band VIII).
  • Built-in support for Wi-Fi Calling for extended coverage; Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g).
  • Dimensions: 4.3 x 2.4 x 0.56 inches; 4.2 ounces; 2.4-inch screen, 480 x 360 pixels.
  • Rechargeable/removable 1500 mAh battery, for up to 6 hours of talk time.

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Verizon announced a new 3G addition to the Popular BlackBerry Curve Phones for $30

Verizon Wireless and RIM today announced a new 3G addition to the popular BlackBerry Curve  family of smartphones. Running on the nation’s largest and most reliable wireless voice and 3G data network, the new BlackBerry Curve 3G smartphone will be available in business sales channels beginning September 16th and will be available online at Verizon Wireless Online Store and in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores in the coming weeks.

The BlackBerry Curve 3G smartphone ships with BlackBerry 5 and is BlackBerry 6 ready. BlackBerry 6 is a new operating system for BlackBerry smartphones that retains the trusted features that distinguish the BlackBerry brand while delivering a fresh and engaging experience that is both powerful and easy to use. BlackBerry 6 is expected to be available for the BlackBerry Curve 3G, upon network certification, in the coming months.

The BlackBerry Curve 3G smartphone will be available in business sales channels on Sept. 16, and it will be available online and in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores in the coming weeks for $29.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement on a voice plan with an Email and Web feature or an Email and Web for BlackBerry plan.

Data plans for the BlackBerry Curve 3G smartphone begin at $29.99 when added to any Nationwide voice plan. Customers will receive the mail-in rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted.

Features and Specifications:

· Color: Charcoal or Fuchsia Red

· Stylish new design with face finished in a mirror-like trim; black, soft-touch sides; and textured back for a comfortable, secure feel in the hand

· 35-key full QWERTY backlit keyboard for fast, accurate typing and optical trackpad for easy and fluid navigation

· Dedicated media keys integrated along the top of the smartphone, so music lovers can easily access their tunes while on the go

· BlackBerry Media Sync to easily sync music as well as photos with the smartphone*

· 512 MB Flash memory and microSD/SDHC slot that supports up to 32 GB memory cards for media storage

· Built-in GPS with support for geo-tagging and location-based applications, including VZ Navigator, which provides audible turn-by-turn directions to millions of points of interest and the option to share the directions with others

· Built-in Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g) for fast browsing; smooth music streaming; and the ability to talk on the phone while browsing the Web, instant message with BBM, and share location with friends on popular social networking sites

· Camera with video recording

· Industry-leading BlackBerry e-mail and messaging capabilities

· Easy mobile access to Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and Flickr as well as popular instant messaging services

· Support for BlackBerry App World, featuring a broad and growing catalog of third-party mobile applications developed specifically for BlackBerry smartphones

· Premium phone features, including voice-activated dialing, speakerphone, and Bluetooth.

SHOW PRESS RELEASE:

VERIZON WIRELESS AND RIM LAUNCH A NEW MODEL OF THE POPULAR BLACKBERRY CURVE 3G SMARTPHONE

Stylish 3G Addition to the Popular Curve Family Is Fast, Easy to Use, Feature Rich, and BlackBerry 6 Ready

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and WATERLOO, Ontario – Verizon Wireless and Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced a new 3G addition to the popular BlackBerry Curve family of smartphones. Running on the nation’s largest and most reliable wireless voice and 3G data network, the new BlackBerry® Curve™ 3G smartphone (model 9330) will be available in business sales channels beginning Sept. 16. It will be available online at http://www.verizonwireless.com and in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores in the coming weeks.

Colors: Charcoal or Fuchsia Red

Key features and specifications:
· Stylish new design (4.3″ x 2.4″ x .55″ and 3.7 oz.) with face finished in a mirror-like trim; black, soft-touch sides; and textured back for a comfortable, secure feel in the hand

· 35-key full QWERTY backlit keyboard for fast, accurate typing and optical trackpad for easy and fluid navigation

· Dedicated media keys integrated along the top of the smartphone, so music lovers can easily access their tunes while on the go

· BlackBerry® Media Sync to easily sync music as well as photos with the smartphone*

· 512 MB Flash memory and microSD/SDHC slot that supports up to 32 GB memory cards for media storage

· Built-in GPS with support for geo-tagging and location-based applications, including VZ Navigator®, which provides audible turn-by-turn directions to millions of points of interest and the option to share the directions with others

· Built-in Wi-Fi® (802.11 b/g) for fast browsing; smooth music streaming; and the ability to talk on the phone while browsing the Web, instant message with BBM™ (BlackBerry® Messenger), and share location with friends on popular social networking sites

· Camera with video recording (requires a separately sold microSD card)

· Industry-leading BlackBerry e-mail and messaging capabilities

· Easy mobile access to Facebook®, Twitter™, MySpace™ and Flickr® as well as popular instant messaging services

· Support for BlackBerry App World™, featuring a broad and growing catalog of third-party mobile applications developed specifically for BlackBerry smartphones

· Premium phone features, including voice-activated dialing, speakerphone, and Bluetooth® (2.1)

BlackBerry® 6 ready:
· The BlackBerry Curve 3G smartphone ships with BlackBerry® 5 and is BlackBerry® 6 ready. BlackBerry 6 is a new operating system for BlackBerry® smartphones that retains the trusted features that distinguish the BlackBerry brand while delivering a fresh and engaging experience that is both powerful and easy to use. BlackBerry 6 is expected to be available for the BlackBerry Curve 3G, upon network certification, in the coming months.

Pricing and availability:
· The BlackBerry Curve 3G smartphone (model 9330) will be available in business sales channels on Sept. 16, and it will be available online and in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores in the coming weeks for $29.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement on a voice plan with an Email and Web feature or an Email and Web for BlackBerry plan. Data plans for the BlackBerry Curve 3G smartphone begin at $29.99 when added to any Nationwide voice plan. Customers will receive the mail-in rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted.

· For more information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to http://www.verizonwireless.com. Business customers can contact their Verizon Wireless Business Sales Representative at 1-800-VZW-4BIZ.

· To learn more about the new BlackBerry Curve 3G smartphone, visit http://www.blackberry.com/curve3G. For more information about BlackBerry 6, go to http://www.blackberry.com/6.

*Certain music files may not be supported, including files that contain digital rights management technologies. Photo syncing is currently only available for Windows-based PCs.

Engadget

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