I just saw on Research in Motion’s website that the BlackBerry 8700g is coming to Germany in within the next week or so…
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The term BlackBerry Killer is thrown around way too loosely as it is given to just about every smart phone with a QWERTY keyboard on it that isn’t actually a BlackBerry, however, I have to scratch my head when this title is given to the BenQ Siemens P50 PDA Phone. In fact, I have to ask, “What is Siemens thinking?”
We first heard of the Siemens P50 way back in March of 2004. Back then it was just called the Ben-Q. For whatever reason it was delayed for a couple of years but Siemens has decided to go ahead and release now. I am not really sure why though because it is the same device with practically the same configuration that it was 2 years ago.
Here are the specs…
- Quad-band (850/900/1800/1900MHz) GSM/GPRS radio (no EDGE though)
- 802.11b Wi-Fi
- SDio slot
- 64MB RAM, 64MB ROM
- 416Mhz Intel PXA272 processor
- 1.3 megapixel camera with 4x digital zoom
- Windows Mobile 2003
Maybe Siemens has a warehouse full of these things and they just want to get rid of them, however, the price tag is as high if not higher than for newer devices with more bells and whistles running on Windows Mobile 5.
Usually when you are talking about patent disputes in the wireless email world you are talking about the legal battle between NTP and BlackBerry maker Research in Motion. The most recent infringement lawsuit filed, however, deals with two of RIM’s competitors.
Visto Corporation today announced that it has filled a patent infringement lawsuit against one of RIM’s biggest competitors, Good Technology, makers of GoodLink.
In the claim, Visto alleges that various Good Technology products, including GoodLink, their push e-mail service, infringe on the patents that Visto has held for the past nine years. The suit seeks a permanent injunction against GoodLink and Good’s other infringing technology, which can power several mobile devices including the Palm Treo, HP’s iPAQ hw6500, and the Motorola MPx220, among others. The suit also seeks monetary damages.
There has been no official announcement about the O2 BlackBerry 8700g either from O2 or BlackBerry. Seeing how O2 has updated their website with new device one can assume that official announcements are coming soon.
In addition to the O2 BlackBerry 8700g website, there is a pdf price list that you can download here.
BlackBerry maker, Research in Motion, won a patent dispute in court today, however, it was probably not the one that you care about.
Earlier today a court in Munich, Germany, threw out a suit filed by Luxembourg-based Inpro Licensing Sarl, which claimed to hold patents for sending data between BlackBerry devices and the Internet. U.S. based BlackBerry owners are hoping for a similar ruling Feb. 24th when U.S. District Judge James R. Spencer rules on whether or not an injunction barring the sale of BlackBerry devices and BlackBerry service is enforced.
I just upgraded my BlackBerry from a 7100t on T-Mobile to a 7130e on Verizon. Since I have a brand new BlackBerry I figure that I may as well get a brand new Bluetooth wireless headset too. The only problem is that I have no idea what headset to get. There are so many to choose from and they all seem great when you try them out in the store.
That being said, I could use a little help from all the CrackBerry addicts out there with a Bluetooth wireless headset. If you know of a model that I should take a look at or a model that I should stay away from, please leave a comment.
It was announced last week that T-Mobile is bringing the BlackBerry 8700g to the UK. The rumor mill has it that the there will be an announcement about a BlackBerry 8700 series device in the U.S. Feb. 2nd. The question, however, is will the U.S. based device be called a BlackBerry 8700g like in the UK, or, will a new BlackBerry 8700t model be introduced?
Many assumed, myself included, when T-Mobile releases a BlackBerry 8700 series device it would be named the BlackBerry 8700t. I think it was a logical assumption because both 710x series BlackBerry devices from T-Mobile are named with a “t”. The mold has been broken with T-Mobile UK announcing last week that it will introduce the
O2 variant Blackberry 8700g (The “g” stands for global)
Honestly, I don’t think that it will matter much. BlackBerry 8700t or Blackberry 8700g, T-Mobile will have plenty of new subscribers waiting to get the new device and nearly as many old subscribers wanting to upgrade.
Friday, BlackBerry maker Research in Motion and Dialog Telecom, Sri Lanka’s largest mobile phone company, announced the launch of BlackBerry Enterprise Service in Sri Lanka on the BlackBerry 7100g and 7290 handsets.
I just read an interesting article on abc News and the author, Eric Noe, brings up a good point, “If BlackBerry Blacks Out, Who Will Fill In?”
There is no other wireless email provider that can even come close to offering what Research in Motion offers with their BlackBerry platform. I am sure that Good will say that they could easily step in and take the place of RIM but let’s be serious. Most people have never heard of GoodLink and the fact that they haven’t really even raised their awareness much more than it was before the BlackBerry shutdown madness started to spread like a pandemic. I question if Good could every really be more than second or third to RIM.
It’s a good thing that a BlackBerry shutdown will never happen. Corporate America would be in a world of hurt if it ever did.
I am sure that you have heard by now that T-Mobile UK is about to come out with an 8700 series BlackBerry. The question that RIMarkable reader Doug and I both have, however, is “Why 8700g and not 8700t?”
I am sure that there is a really good reason for T-Mobile UK coming out with a BlackBerry 8700g instead of a BlackBerry 8700t. If you know, please leave a comment. Doug and I would both really like to know. Maybe the g is for God save the queen or something like that.