You knew it was just a matter of time before one of the GSM carriers got a hold of the next-generation RIM BlackBerry Pearl after Verizon Wireless released the RIM BlackBerry Pearl 8130. That lucky carrier would be AT&T. Today, AT&T introduced the RIM BlackBerry Pearl 8120, a Wi-Fi-enabled version of the slim messaging smartphone that also offers other enhancements, including a better Web browser and a 2-megapixel camera with video recording capabilities. It's available starting today through business channels for $199.99 (with a two-year contract and after rebates and discounts) and in all, … Read more
Apple has finally granted the wish of business users who have craved the coolness of the iPhone but couldn't live without their push work e-mail.
Until now, iPhone users who wanted to get e-mail on their iPhones had to jump through a series of technical hoops. And as a result, a lot of business users, who would have otherwise bought the iPhone right away, have stood on the sidelines with their BlackBerrys or Windows Mobile phones drooling at the iPhone.
But now these business users will be able to get their work e-mail on an iPhone just as easily … Read more
Research in Motion is merging social networking with music on its Blackberry smartphones in the hopes of attracting more consumers.
This week the company announced that it is partnering with pop artist Will.i.am by making his Dipdive online community and content available to Blackberry users. Will.i.am is a founding member of the group Black Eyed Peas and his "Yes We Can" Barack Obama video has been a huge hit on YouTube.
Research in Motion dominates the business smartphone market. And business users make up roughly two-thirds of its 12 million Blackberry customers. But the … Read more
Smartphone customers keep flocking to the BlackBerry, and there are signs that it's not just harried executives signing up for service.
Research In Motion announced Thursday that it expects to have added 15 percent to 20 percent more subscribers than it initially forecast for its fourth fiscal quarter, which ends next week. The company originally thought it would add a net total of 1.82 million subscribers during the period, but strong holiday sales and the absence of a usual seasonal drop-off are credited with the surge.
Long the smartphone of choice for the U.S. businessperson, the BlackBerry … Read more
Seeking Alpha's Todd Sullivan really doesn't like Apple's exclusive agreement with AT&T (tip o' the antlers to John Gruber). His dislike of it is so intense, as a matter of fact, that his "analysis" of the deal has burst free of the restraining coil of our so-called "Earth logic" and taken flight to a wondrous world of imagination. [Note for editor: is there a Doug Henning tag?]
The latest estimates have "unlocked" iPhones costing Apple over $1 billion in lost revenue the next 3 years.
Wow! $1 billion sounds … Read more
Users of Research In Motion's BlackBerry service reported some kinks in the system Wednesday, although the problems did not appear as serious as those of a week ago.
This time around, only customers of RIM's BlackBerry Internet Service appeared to be affected. These are individuals who have their e-mailed forwarded to their BlackBerrys, as opposed to corporate customers using the BlackBerry Enterprise Server product. Last week, everyone was hosed when a server failed at RIM's network operations center, but this one wasn't quite so bad.
The company released a statement concerning the outage Wednesday afternoon. "… Read more
Now that they're back among the living (for now), CrackBerry addicts can get their fix in a new way with a "Bluetooth Music Gateway" that will stream tunes wirelessly to portable speakers or another system, according to Boy Genius Report. And it may actually be more useful than originally billed, as Engadget speculates that the new matchbook-sized dongle from RIM can be used with devices other than the BlackBerry as well. Regardless of how it works, anything that keeps the thumbs off the keys is probably a good thing.
TechRepublic has done it again, this time cracking open the BlackBerry just in time for the raging speculation about its maker's reliability. News.com's running an excerpt of the dissection of its very tidy innards here: "Photos: Cracking open the BlackBerry."
BARCELONA--Research In Motion's co-chief executive officer, Jim Balsillie, doesn't seem too worried that the second major outage of the company's BlackBerry service in 10 months could hurt its reputation with corporate customers.
"It was an intermittent delay, a couple of hours," he said. "It's old news. It happened days ago."
Balsillie's comments were in response to a question about Monday's outage and how it might impact the company's relationship with corporate customers. Balsillie had just given a keynote speech and participated in a panel discussion at the Mobile World Congress … Read more