Earlier this morning we heard that the Rogers BlackBerry Bold was going to be delayed again. Well, it turns out that this is only partly true. You are able to go and purchase the BlackBerry Bold on Rogers site, however, you might be SOL if you were hoping to run into a Rogers store and pick one up.
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It would appear that the Rogers BlackBerry Bold release that was supposed to take place today, August 21st, is delayed… again. According to a BlackBerry News tipster, the Bold will be delayed until at least a week from today, August 28th.
This is really starting to get old.
BoxTone, a big name when it comes to BlackBerry monitoring and user management, have come out with myBoxTone Insight beta, a free BlackBerry application that allows you to monitor your BlackBerry’s vitals and track it’s health from your BlackBerry.
myBoxTone Insight tracks your BlackBerry’s most important performance metrics 24×7, including:
- Signal strength
- Battery remaining
- Memory free
- Data sent/received
- Calls made/duration
I haven’t had a chance to check out myBoxTone Insight just yet, however, it is a free BlackBerry download, so, if you decide to check it out yourself, come back and tell us what you think.
I don’t know what the deal is with all the task management software coming out for the BlackBerry lately, however, got-2 Task Management isn’t half bad and is free so we thought that we would give you the heads up about.
What I like about got-2 is how it integrates with both your calendar and GPS so it will remind of tasks based that you need to do not only based on the time that they are due, but if you are near the location where you need to do them.
Let’s say that you have a task like “pick up a gallon of milk”. got-2 to can notify you when you get near the grocery store.
- One easy to read screen with collapsible lists, subtasks, and agenda items.
- Choose your preferred view: simple list or week agenda.
- Get alerts based on time or location
- Share tasks and lists via email
- Prioritize-as-you-go by moving items up/down
- Keep track of progress by marking off tasks, appointments, agenda items, and subtasks.
- Stores data in BlackBerry Tasks and Calendar – synchronizes with Outlook and Google calendar.
- Location integration with Google or BlackBerry maps.
- It’s FREE!
Check it out here…
USA Basketball star LeBron James is a BlackBerry user.
I was just checking out a really cool BlackBerry application called QuickText which basically breaks down to speed dial for SMS. QuickText is such a neat idea that I think it should, like HTML email just was, eventually be included in the core BlackBerry OS.
As BlackBerry users become younger, the way they use their device is different from us old folks in our mid-thirties. Teenagers and young adults are more prone to sending text messages on their BlackBerrys than they are to even talking on them. To give you an example, my teenage daughter only used 272 minutes during the entire month of July. This included peak and nights and weekend minutes. She, on the other hand, sent and received over 7000 text messages.
This post isn’t really meant to be an endorsement of QuickText because I haven’t tried the application yet. It is, however, an endorsement of the idea of SMS speed dial. QuickText costs $7.50, but, does have a 14-day free trial for you to check out. If you do, come back and tell us what you think.
If you are BlackBerry user and a fan of WSJ.com and other WSJ Digital Network sites such as MarketWatch.com, Barrons.com, and AllThingsD.com the WSJ.com Mobile Reader is one free BlackBerry application that you are going to want to download.
BlackBerry homescreen shortcuts seem to be the rage among other digital news sources, but, the WSJ.com Mobile Readers is a full fledged BlackBerry application that allows you to quickly view headlines, select different feeds, read full-text articles, tracks stocks and market data, create your own content, and share articles.
As we said the WSJ.com Mobile Reader is a free and is supported on all BlackBerry devices 7100 and later. You can sign up do download the WSJ.com Mobile reader here…
Apple has decided to extend MobileMe access an additional 60 days on top of the 30 days that they previously extended it to everyone that shelled out $100 forcing you to use a service that doesn’t work for a full 15 months.
Personally, I would prefer that Apple keep their 90 days and just refund my $100, however, I don’t see that happening until a few class action suites have been settled.
I will say that Apple is very lucky that they are Apple. I don’t believe too many other service providers could withstand such an embarrassing launch.
Back in the Spring we talked about Tellme, an application from Microsoft that allows you to search for GPS locations and local business using your voice on your BlackBerry.
Many BlackBerry users, myself included, didn’t get to try Tellme when it first came out because the list of BlackBerry devices supported was fairly limited. Today, however, I received an email letting me know that the list of supported BlackBerrys has increased.
Specific details below:
- BlackBerry models now supporting the Tellme application are:
- Pearl: 8100, 8110, 8120 and 8130
- Curve: 8310, 8320 and 8330
- 8800 Series: 8800, 8820 and 8830
Search categories available today – with more to come in the months ahead are business search, traffic, driving directions, maps, weather and movies. To get started with Tellme’s BlackBerry service, users go to http://m.tellme.com and follow a few short steps to download the application to their phones.
It would appear that the BlackBerry Bold will make it’s North American debut this coming Thursday, August 21st, as Rogers has started sending out invitations for the exclusive Canadian launch.
The event will be held from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Velma Rogers Graham Theatre, 333 Bloor Street East. The Rogers BlackBerry Bold Launch Party is invitation only and if you received one, you need to RSVP by tomorrow.