Friday, November 7, 2008

Blackberry Storm - Pre-Order Yours at Best Buy

For a $50 deposit, you can be one of the first to receive a Blackberry Storm when it hits Best Buy shelves. While the Blackberry Storm release date or Blackberry Storm Price is not yet available, the $50 refundable deposit will be applied to the final purchase price.

While there is no firm release date yet, Best Buy confirmed that as soon as the device arrives, you will receive a call from a mobile technician to activate the device.

Blackberry Storm is becoming a very popular new release from RIM as it is being touted as the direct competitor to the Apple iPhone. The Blackberry Storm comes with a touch screen to give it a similar look to the competition.

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Friday, October 3, 2008

Crackberry Addicts - This One's For You

I found this on You Tube and had a great chuckle. While it is humerous, the sad part is, I am sure a number of us can see ourselves in the video. Our children are being neglected because of Blackberry Priorities. It's sad but true.

How do you use your Blackberry?

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Blackberry Bold Hits the Middle East

Etisalat, UAE's largest telecom provider & Research In Motion (RIM) announced the availability of the BlackBerry Bold smartphone in the Middle East starting October 7.

Customers will be able to choose from 3 different pricing plans for unlimited domestic UAE, unlimited Global or limited domestic UAE.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Blackberry Takes World By Storm

Research In Motion is preparing to launch the long anticipated touch-screen version of its BlackBerry smartphone known as the Blackberry Storm 9530. It will feature global capabilities.

The exact launch date is still to be confirmed but it looks like it will be available in the UK, US and Canada. Stay tuned for the Blackberry Storm Review.

Many people have touted this device as the competitor to Apple's popular iPhone.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Google Mobile Maps on Blackberry Devices

If you are interested in Google Maps for Blackberry devices, Google recently launched a new version of Googl emaps for mobile devices with similar graphics and images as the desktop version. It even comes with walking directions.

To download the new version for your Blackberry device visit: or

If you are trying to confirm if the place you are visiting has a parking lot close by or what the restaurant you are heading to for lunch look like? You can look at "Street View" after you enter the address. You can view the intersections, landmarks close by, the list goes on.

You can browse Street View overlaid on the map or in full screen, rotate your view to see more of your surroundings, and move along the street.

This a great addition to the Google Mobile Suite. Coupled with yur Blackberry and you have a great tool to navigate your way.

Rather than just driving directions, Google also give walking directions.

Blackberry's on a roll

With the recent introduction of the Apple iPhone, Blackberry has had to catch up. Sort of, kind of, NOT!

Blackberry is in a league of it's own. It has been adopted by Corporations around the world. To break free of that stronghold will take a huge undertaking by Apple.

That said, RIM has announced a number of initiatives and new models over the last while. Here are just a few.

Blackberry Javelin
Blackberry Thunder
Blackberry Flip
Blackberry Bold

The most recent one that has been announced is the Blackberry Javelin. However, currently you will need to wait for the Blackberry Javelin release date.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Blackberry Announces Flip

Blackberry is launching the New BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 Smartphone which is a version of their Pearl Smartphone. They are doing this to capture some retail consumer marketshare.

This device will be no different than the current Blackberry Pearl in features. It will sport a video and music player, a suretype keyboard, a web browser.

70% of the mobile users in the US use a flip phone and RIM is looking to gain some marketshare by adding that feature to their line up.

The flip version of the Blackberry Pearl device should be available in the fall of 2008.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Mobile Wikepedia

If you are a Blackberry user and need access to information quickly you may want to open your mobile browser and check this out. It is the mobile version of Wikepaedia!

Visit and make sure you bookmark it.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Blackberry Thunder changes it's name to Blackberry 9500

RIM / BlackBerry officially announced that the BlackBerry Thunder will now be known as the Blackberry 9500.

The Blackberry 9500 is going to take on the iPhone head to head. It's 360 x 480 resolution will give it a crisp display. Watch for it later this year.

For more details on Blackberry Handsfree devices click here.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Blackberry vs iPhone Marketshare

The top 5 manufacturer Q1/08 marketshare numbers are in.

Apple iPhone marketshare dropped from 26.7% to 19.2%
Blackberry RIM marketshare rose from 35.1% to 44.5%
Palm marketshare rose from 7.9% to 13.4%
Samsung marketshare increased from 5.1% to 8.6%
Motorola marketshare dropped from 7.5% to 2.6%

This summer will continue to be a battle for marketshare as RIM and Apple launch their 3G product. RIM launches it's Blackberry Bold and Apple will launch it's 3G-capable iPhone.

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Make cheap calls with a Blackberry

I came across an article recently outlining the background for Research in Motion. It talks about the Blackberry Pearl, the Enterprise Applications as well as some of the Blackberry handset benefits.

Take a read for more information on the Blackberry.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Blackberry with the "Touch" of an iPhone

I came across this article indicating some insiders at RIM are looking towards a 3rd quarter launch of a touchscreen Blackberry. They say that it will be available with Vodaphone and Verizon.

This devise is being touted at the Blackberry 9500 Thunder. You can read more about the launch here.

If you look at the feature of the new touchscreen and add the features of the Blackberry Bold released earlier this week, you have great competition for the Apple iPhone.

Would you prefer a touchscreen, Qwerty or Suretype keyboard?

Leave a comment and let me know.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

RIM preparing media synch for iTunes

The battle for marketshare continues. The Apple iPhone is great at integrating the phone, and iTunes. Something that RIM's Blackberry suite has not quite mastered.

Blackberry's are very well suited as an email integrated cell phone.

Not any more...

This Engadget article talks about how Blackberry is looking at a media synch module to go head to head with Apple. You can read the article here.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

XM Radio Mobile on Blackberry

Owners of a Blackberry device (with version 4.2 or later of the OS) can get a version of XM's satellite radio service, regardless of carrier. You can read more here.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Microsoft and RIM Collaboration

Microsoft and RIM will bring Windows Live Services to BlackBerry Smartphone Customers

Blackberry customer will be able to use Microsoft Live Messenger, Microsoft Live Hotmail in a more integrated fashion on their devices.

You can read more in this article from CNN Money

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Are you addicted to your Blackberry?

Is a Blackberry a distraction? Is Blackberry use addictive?

Many people talk about being a Crackberry addict. Others say that the Blackberry is changing the landscape good old manners. Some say Blackberry use is traded at the cost of spending quality time with families.

What do you think?

Is it a distraction? Are you driving at the same time as Blackberrying?

There is a great article in Scopical that you can read here about how workers are nursing their addiction.

Let me know your thoughts!


Monday, May 12, 2008

Blackberry Bold Debut - Rim Blackberry 9000

Rim launched the Blackberry Bold (aka Blackberry 9000) Sunday.

Some of the features include
- a half-VGA (480x320 pixel resolution)
- a 65,000-color display
- QWERTY Keyboard

- 4.5 inches tall
- 2.6 inches wide
- 0.5 inches deep
- weighs 4.7 ounces

You can read more details on the launch at c-Net here.

Move over iPhone - Blackberry Bold is here.

Let me know your thoughts

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Can Children Be Meanaged By a Blackberry

Nothing can replace a stern eye from a parent or some time in the park "sans Blackberry". Take a read through the article from the London Telegraph here.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

How accessible are you - really?

Who is the real winner when the employee is handed a Blackberry? Is it the employee as they have been given a great tool to make the more productive? Or is the company that gave the employee the Blackberry to make them more productive?

The employee starts to get emails 7/24, they become addicted to the technology and have a tendancy to use it more and more and more over time.

Does the company start to have a "We Own You" mentality raising their expectations and expecting prompt email response?

When I speak to clients - it is amazing how many companies are creating the culture that Blackberry use is the 1st priority.

Here is a great article from the Globe and Mail outlining how the Blackberry has become a Hot Labor issue. You can read it here.

Let me know your thoughts.