BlackBerry maker, Research in Motion has done a major overhaul to their RIM.com website. I must say that I like the new look.
Archives for August 2006
The BlackBerry 8703e, Verizon’s first 87XX series device, is supposed to be released tomorrow, September 1st. User guides for the 8703e, however, are already starting to appear on the web.
The BlackBerry 8703e, like it’s smaller cousin, the 7130e, can be tethered to your laptop as a high-speed broadband modem. Here is a two page PDF to show you how.
This post isn’t directly related to the BlackBerry, however, it is email related. I was watching SquawkBox on MSNBC like I do every morning before heading out to work and I heard something that quite honestly shocked the heck out of me.
RadioShack has just fired over 400 employees via an email message.
I am speechless… What HR genius came up with this brilliant idea. People deserve more respect than that.
I am sure that you have heard of employees going postal. This is the kind of thing that could lead to someone “going RadioShack“. Needless to say, I won’t be shopping there anytime soon. Not because I don’t like the store, but because I would be worried about a former employee coming to pick their last check up with a shot gun.
BBAdmin from BlackBerry Forums has posted a couple of pictures of the O2 BlackBerry 8707g. Personally, I think that this is the sharpest looking 87XX model BlackBerry yet.
Have you noticed that we haven’t seen any of those really good PhotoShop renderings of the BlackBerry Pearl like we usually do before a new BlackBerry device gets released?
This is the first time that I can remember that we have been this close to the release of new BlackBerry and someone hasn’t leaked a rendered picture of it. Granted, we have seen plenty of live shots, which, thanks to Boy Genius, hit the message boards long before we would normally see them. I just can’t believe that less than two weeks out we still haven’t seen the PhotoShopped marketing slick photos of the BlackBerry Pearl.
I don’t think that I am going out on a limb when I say that there is as much if not more buzz around the BlackBerry Pearl as than any other BlackBerry to date, including the BlackBerry 8700. Therefore, I don’t think that it is too much of a stretch to say that the BlackBerry Pearl will become the best selling BlackBerry yet.
To be totally honest, however, it won’t be the low $199 price or the fact that the Pearl’s target demographic is the biggest to date for RIM alone that will take sales of the first CameraBerry to record highs. RIM has decided to give their next generation devices names and they will be the same regardless of the carrier, unlike there current practice of specific letter designations for certain carriers. Unless the hardware on the BlackBerry Pearl has more bugs than a Treo and the software is less reliable than Windows Mobile, RIM can’t help but make a killing off of this device.
Does anyone care to bet against me?
Research in Motion, Cingular, and Palm have recently announced the availability of BlackBerry Connect for the Palm Treo 650. The long awaited software update allows non-BlackBerry devices to send and receive Push based corporate email via BlackBerry Enterprise Server.
The availability of BlackBerry Connect on the Palm Treo 650 represents a marriage of two very popular wireless offerings that now gives Cingular customers more choice, said Michael Woodward, executive director, mobile professional solutions, for Cingular Wireless. Businesses can now leverage their existing BlackBerry Enterprise Server while giving employees a powerful, new wireless device option.
BlackBerry Connect for the Treo 650 includes the following features:
- Push Corporate Email delivers messages automatically — and wirelessly — to the Treo 650s inbox. Changes to the inbox, including read/unread status and deletion, can be automatically synchronized between the users email account and the Treo 650.
- Wireless Calendar Synchronization keeps the Treo 650s built-in Calendar up to date remotely, allowing users to receive, accept or decline meeting requests on the go.
- Attachment Viewing lets users view Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and PDF documents in original format.
- Remote Address Lookup (RAL) allows users to search their corporate directory wirelessly for email addresses without the need to download every name to the Treo 650.
- Enables centralized device management, including support for IT policies such as over-the-air device disablement and password device lock, as well as end-to-end security with Triple DES encryption.
Read the full Press Release…
Surely by know you’ve heard that BlackBerry thumb wheel that we have all come to know and love has been replaced by a track ball on the forthcoming BlackBerry Pearl. What you may not have known is that we may not see the thumb wheel again, at least not on the next wave of slim BlackBerry devices like the Pearl.
According to the Boy Genius, the thumb wheel was getting in the way of making BlackBerrys thinner and as you can see from the picture, the BlackBerry Pearl is pretty darn thin. It is actually thinner than a Razr.
Personally I think that this is a great move. I would surely trade my trusty thumb wheel for a track wheel that gives me vertical as well as horizontal motion and cuts the thickness of my device in half. Sounds like a good trade off to me…
We thought that the BlackBerry 8703e from Verizon was going to be available yesterday, however, August 28th came and went without any announcements.
Engadgetmobile is reporting that, according to the latest Data Device Roadmap from Verizon, the 8703e will be available Friday, September first.
Lets keep our fingers crossed.
I was just reading over on Gizmodo where the Palm Treo 700wx from Sprint will be released on September 3rd. This is Sprints version of the fairly popular Windows Mobile powered Treo that first came out on Verizon.
If you really want a Treo that runs Windows Mobile 5 on Sprint’s network, this, hopefully non-hardware glitched, non-software bug ridden device can be yours for only $650 big ones or $150 less if you sign a 2-year contract with the carrier that arguably has the worst customer service, something you will need to use often if the trend of glitchy hardware and buggy software continues.
The Treo 700wx is way too expensive. It cost more than your middle of the line laptop. No wonder Palm is struggling to keep it’s head above water. They just don’t get it. Someone should have been paying attention to how the Motorola Q, albeit buggy with hardware and software issues of it’s own, destroyed the Treo 700w after it came out. Most people aren’t willing to pay that kind of money for a mobile phone, especially if it doesn’t work all that great.