Archives for January 2007
I just read one of our frequent reader Thought’s column over on BlackBerry Cool like I do every Wednesday morning and wanted to chime in on why he is exactly right when he says that “RIM and Verizon Need to Get Closer“.
Verizon tends to release new BlackBerry devices on the nations best network 9 months to a year after they have been released on Verizon’s GSM competitors in the United States. GSM proponents contend that this is because most of the planet uses GSM and RIM wants to be inline with global standards. I know that this will sound very U.S. biased, but, to be totally honest, I could really care less what the rest of Earth is doing because I use my BlackBerry here, and I would be willing to bet that most Americans feel the same way that I do.
QuickPlayer for BlackBerry, a service that streams audiocasts of the latest news, business, sports, and such to your BlackBerry, is now available. QuickPlayer will set you back $7.95 per month on top of your data charges. I am going to go out on a limb and say that you should probably upgrade to the your providers unlimited data plan if your are interested in QuickPlayer.
So far, QuickPlayer for BlackBerry has over 100 channels of content, updated daily, which you get unlimited access to. QuickPlayer only works on newer model BlackBerrys, including the 7130e, 8700 series, and the BlackBerry Pearl (black and white).
mdog.com, a service that formats web content for small screens on mobile devices, is the first to offer mobile versions of Wikipedia and other popular web destinations eBay, craigslist, Citysearch, and MySpace. If you access mdog.com in your BlackBerrys browser, you will find a “Web” tab where you can choose categories such as Auctions, Information, Entertainment, or Social.
Being first to comprehensively mobilize these popular sites is a testament to the unique strength of our technology,” said founder and President Keith Gerard. “Our technology optimizes the dynamic real-time content and robust functionality of these sites, and displays it all in the most technically-effective and aesthetic manner possible. In addition, accessing craigslist or eBay at mdog.com gives mobile users an important, time-sensitive advantage of viewing classifieds and auctions without being
chained to a PC.
Read the full press release…
We’ve known that the T-Mobile white BlackBerry Pearl, or ‘Pearl White‘, as it is officially being called was coming today. Now it is official.
Here is the Pearl White press release from RIM.
I admit the I was briefly caught in all the fanfare around Apple’s announcement of the iPhone last week but Apple has gone back to it’s usual ways and I have come back to my senses.
Several developers have created skins for Windows Mobile and launchers for Palm that resemble the interface on Apple’s soon to be released iPhone. Not only has Apple sent cease and desist letters to the sites hosting these files, they have sent them to blogs linking to the sites. Apple doesn’t just want you not to be able make your Windows Mobile or Treo look like an iPhone. They don’t even want you to hear that the ability to do so even exists.
Isn’t it interesting how Apple can rationalize clearly stealing a company’s trademarked of a device that they are selling but fell infringed upon if some developer makes a Treo or a Windows Mobile device look like the device they are about to come out with.
I just hope that some developer creates an iPhone theme for the BlackBerry. I will gladly link to hit here.
Rumors about a white BlackBerry Pearl from T-Mobile have been floating around for a while and one of the devices was even sold on eBay. It looks, however, like the White BlackBerry Pearl is about to come to the masses as engadget is reporting that it will launch this coming Monday.
According to our(engadget) sources, it’s not a flat color, but a pearly white that “shines” — a little more glitzy than the solid black we’re used to seeing on this sucker.
We’ve got plenty more White BlackBerry Pearl pictures after the jump…
I was just taking a look at Russell Shaw’s IP Telephony/Convergence/Broadband blog over on ZDNet where he ran a poll asking readers if they could have a free Apple iPhone or a free BlackBerry Pearl, which one they would want.
The Apple iPhone is winning in a landslide victory with 81% of the vote thus far. I thought about running a similar poll here in RIMarkable but figured the results would be tainted seeing how most folks that read this blog are as nuts about BlackBerrys as I am.
It is a bit telling however that so many favor the iPhone over the BlackBerry Pearl on a site where the industry more so than one specific device is talked about.
Ontario, Canada Health Promotion Minister and former mayor of Ottawa, Jim Watson, has pitched the idea of equipping BlackBerry devices with built-in pedometers to measure the distance that BlackBerry users walk each day.
A lot of people wearing BlackBerries look like they spend a lot of time at their desk and it’s probably not a bad thing that they get more exercise, or at least recognize how little exercise or walking they’re doing,” said Mr. Watson, adding he contacted Research in Motion with the idea of planting a chip in BlackBerries to measure how far a person walks.
Although RIM officials have not discounted the possibility of adding an step counting chip to the BlackBerry, they have not committed to the idea either.
“(Our) initial investigation has not yielded an obvious possibility, but I continue to investigate. In particular, coupling a sophisticated pedometer with a Blackberry using Bluetooth (technology) would be possible,” a RIM official wrote in response to Mr. Watson’s inquiry.
If Research in Motion goes down this road, the ultimate smartphone could become the ultimate work-out device.
I have a question for any RIMarkable readers that work in a Verizon store. Are you incentivised to sell the Motorola Q over the BlackBerry 8703e?
I ask this question because I saw two Verizon sales reps working at different stores try to talk a customer out of getting a BlackBerry 8703e and into getting a Motorola Q instead. I was actually kind of shocked at the clear bias towards the Q over the BlackBerry when the customer clearly asked about the BlackBerry.