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PrimeTime2Go: Full-length TV episodes for your BlackBerry

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on April 1st, 2009

PrimeTime2Go: Full-length TV episodes for your BlackBerryLooks like the rumors were true. BlackBerry App World showed up today, but that isn’t the only exciting Blackberry news. QuickPlay Media’s PrimeTime2Go is launching as well. It delivers video only over WiFi and will work on all carriers.

The app will let you watch full-length television shows on certain BlackBerry devices. So far they have deals with NBC, CBS and MTV, so they should have a good selection of shows that will only get better. The service will cost users $7.99 per month, though it will only work on the BlackBerry Bold and Curve 8900 (to start).

BlackBerry App World launching April 1

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on March 26th, 2009

BlackBerry App World launching April 1Time to mark your calendars Crackberry users. According to BusinessWeek, RIM will be launching the BlackBerry App World April 1 at CTIA. RIM’s answer to the iTunes App Store. We’re pretty sure Businessweek isn’t getting an early start on April fools day. RIM’s starting price for apps (not including freebies) is $2.99, vs. Apple’s 99¢.

The move should be a good test of RIM’s true potential and consumers are desperate for BlackBerry apps like those on the iPhone. There’s been some controversy over the pricing, but we don’t think the price will turn users off at all. You tell us.

RIM planning to launch full-length TV service

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on March 26th, 2009

RIM planning to launch full-length TV serviceRIM is keeping quiet for the moment, but the timing makes us believe this rumor. BlackBerry App World is launching on April 1st so it would be perfect timing for RIM to introduce a television service for BlackBerry devices. Makes sense right?

According to NewTeeVee, “multiple sources” tell them that RIM is planning to announce a “full-episode television service” for BlackBerry users. Supposedly, it will download content via WiFi, so carriers shouldn’t be an issue and using Wi-Fi will avoid clogging 3G networks.

BlackBerry 9630 Review

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on March 24th, 2009

BlackBerry 9630 ReviewThe guys over at Boy Genius have managed to get their hands on a BlackBerry 9630 before the official launch and have a pretty comprehensive review. The device that they’ve been playing with isn’t a final release, so there are bound to be a few bugs that get fixed.

They say that you can literally think of the BlackBerry 9630 as a BlackBerry Storm with a QWERTY keyboard. The device seems pretty solid and it looks like Verizon has a winner. The one big downside that is pretty obvious is that the phone lacks Wi-Fi.

iLane lets you speak to your inbox

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on March 22nd, 2009

iLane lets you speak to your inboxiLane is a small black box introduced by Intelligent Mechatronic Systems Inc. It’s designed for people who can’t live without their e-mail and spend most of their time on the go. Gadgets that read and speak text are nothing new, but they have been in the news more recently. Like Amazon’s Kindle 2, which reads books, and the iPod shuffle, which speaks a song’s title out loud.

iLane is only working with Blackberry right now. The device lets you know what’s going on in your inbox through a wireless Bluetooth earphone. Your voice will be sent via an MP3 attachment, rather than being converted to text. It will also read your emails to you.

BlackBerry sun/privacy guard

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on March 22nd, 2009

BlackBerry sun/privacy guardThis little gadget pretty much gives you away when you are looking at porn on your Blackberry. It will also keep the sun off the screen so you can see every bit of up while uttering “giggiti”. Casual onlookers will know you are to something, since this thing gives you away, but they won’t get a peek.

The BlackBerry Mobile Visor is only $8.95 and folds up when not in use, making it easy to keep in your pocket and use should the need for porn overwhelm you in public places.

Pandora Radio app for BlackBerry

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on March 19th, 2009

Pandora Radio app for BlackBerryThis morning Pandora released its long awaited radio streaming application for BlackBerry. The guys at The BoyGenius Report tested it on a Bold via AT&T. According to them, “it’s everything we’ve been waiting for”.

The performance is pretty good and it has all of the basic features you want, like song skipping, rating a song thumbs up or down, pausing and creating a new station are all there. You can also bookmark a song or artist. T-Mobile won’t support it however for the Storm.

Some BlackBerry Bold phones overheating in Japan

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on February 27th, 2009

Some BlackBerry Bold phones overheating in JapanIt wasn’t long after the Blackberry Bold went on sale in Japan, that DoCoMo had to pull it off the shelves after reports of early adopters having possible overheating problems. Of the 4000 units sold, DoCoMo was notified of about 30 such complaints.

The numbers don’t seem that big, but DoCoMo is being cautious and halting sales, pending an investigation from Blackberry . You see, unlike this country, service is big in Japan. So far Blackberry has been able to deduce that the problem is not with the battery and says that this issue is limited to only Japanese Bold phones.

BlackBerry Curve 8900 now available on T-Mobile for $199

Posted in Curve by Conner Flynn on February 11th, 2009

BlackBerry Curve 8900 now available on T-Mobile for $199It’s a good day for T-Mobile and BlackBerry fans. They are the first to get the Curve 8900 for $199 with a 2-year deal. So feel free to rush into T-Mobile stores to pick up the BlackBerry Curve 8900. Or online.

Not that it comes as a shock or anything, but just reminding you. What are you waiting for? Go get it.

BlackBerry Gemini 9300

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on February 9th, 2009

BlackBerry Gemini 9300BlackBerry has yet another model to satisfy all of you email addicts, the BlackBerry 9300, also known as the Gemini. The 3G smartphone features some of the following improvements: Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, Tri-band UMTS/HSDPA, Larger and better resolution display, Faster processor, Silver exterior ala BlackBerry 8830, and a Rounded keyboard.

No mention of Wi-Fi and GPS in the Gemini, but we assume they are in there. No word on price, but we should see it in Q4 of 2009. Q1 at the latest. It seems obvious that RIM is looking to transition all their devices to 3G over the course of the next year, which is a good thing.

BlackBerry Storm price drops to $99 on Amazon, no rebate required

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on February 8th, 2009

BlackBerry Storm price drops to $99 on Amazon, no rebate requiredLooks like the touch screen BlackBerry Storm has dropped to $99 on Amazon with no rebate required. Previously the price had been $249.99 with a $100 rebate, which brought the total to $149.99. It’s probably a result of Amazon competing against Verizon’s own buy one get one free sale going on through March 31, 2009.

If you don’t need two BlackBerry Storms, then why not head over to Amazon and get one for $99 (after a 2 year new subscriber agreement). I guess this should make anyone who wants one very happy.

Slacker BlackBerry Storm streaming radio app released

Posted in Curve by Conner Flynn on February 4th, 2009

Slacker BlackBerry Storm streaming radio client releasedSlacker has announced a version of it’s free internet radio app for the smartphone, with 100 expert-programmed Slacker stations, over 10,000 artist stations or tons of custom stations. You can even listen to music without a network connection using Slacker’s station caching, which is exclusive to BlackBerry devices

It lets you store your favorite stations on a memory card instead of streaming them over the network connection you’re using. That way you have access to them even when there’s no signal. Slacker claims that it will also reduce battery consumption by as much as 5x.

BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230 from Verizon

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on February 4th, 2009

BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230 from VerizonIf you’re a fan of Verizon you’ll be happy to know that the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230 will be with the carrier soon. It’s the first clamshell BlackBerry, so it looks a little strange, but it’s a good solid phone that’s been available for a few months from other carriers.

We don’t have any word on pricing and availability. We do know that silver will be among the color choices. The release date should be very soon since test units have gone out.

iSuppli says Blackberry Storm sells at a loss

Posted in BlackBerry by Shane McGlaun on January 29th, 2009

Blackberry StormThe Blackberry Storm is by many accounts the single worst smartphone to ever wear the Blackberry logo. Customers who purchased the device have complained that its performance is sub-par and some reports claim Blackberry knew the device was buggy when it launched the Storm.

Research firm iSuppli has taken the Storm apart to find out how much the components and construction of the smartphone cost RIM. The cost for parts and construction is a bit under $203 according to iSuppli. To compare, the firm found that the parts and build bill for the iPhone 3G was under $175.

BlackBerry Curve 8900 gets the Colorware treatment

Posted in Curve by Conner Flynn on January 26th, 2009

BlackBerry Curve 8900 gets the Colorware treatmentIt had to happen. If a device is as popular as the BlackBerry Curve 8900, it will get the Colorware treatment sooner or later. Usually sooner. Just like the iPhone 3G, and your DS. So, if you want to beat your precious gadget upside the face with an ugly stick, the folks at Colorware will gladly help.

It doesn’t have to be ugly of course, you can put together something striking I’m sure. Just be certain it’s what you want before you commit. A solid color will run you $129, but if you want a different top, bottom, frame or sides, it will be higher. You could just love your device for who it is, which is the cheapest option and it will love you back. Maybe.