I if you missed out on the first round of $199 BlackBerry PlayBook tablets you are in luck. Best Buy and Staples both have (at the time of this post) $199.99 16 GB BlackBerry PlayBook models in stock and you can pick them up online and in the stores while supplies last.
After much too long a wait, the BlackBerry Bold 9900 is finally available on AT&T. There has been no ‘official‘ word on why it has taken AT&T so long to release the Bold 9900 which has been very popular on on T-Mobile as well as the Bold 9930 variant on Sprint and Verizon, however, we believe it is because AT&T wanted to sell as many BlackBerry Torch 9810 devices, which are exclusive to AT&T, as possible.
The AT&T BlackBerry Bold 9900 will set you back $199.99 on a 2-year contract with a minimum data plan of $15 per month. You can pick up the AT&T BlackBerry Bold, of course, from AT&T, and, we’ve also seen it at Best Buy.
Check out some of our top posts from last week, and, be sure to check out episode #48 of the SMRpodcast. Chris’s theory on the ice in Chicago is hilarious…
BlackBerry 6 Soon To Be Released For Bold 9650 and Curve 9330: Simulators Now Available — Research in Motion released BlackBerry 6 simulators for both the BlackBerry Bold 9650 and the BlackBerry Curve 9330.
Consumer Reports — AT&T Is The Worst Wireless Carrier In United States… By Far — Consumer reports conducted a survey of its members on their thoughts of their wireless service provider and AT&T fared significantly worse than its competitors.
BlackBerry App World Now Accepting Apps For BlackBerry PlayBook — BlackBerry App World started accepting BlackBerry PlayBook app submissions. Any developer getting a tablet application accepted into App World gets a free BlackBerry PlayBook.
Video: Mike Lazaridis Demos The BlackBerry PlayBook At Dive Into Mobile Conference — Mike Lazaridis gave a 6 minute hands-on demo of the the BlackBerry PlayBook at All Things Digital’s Dive Into Mobile Conference.
RIM Renames WES To BlackBerry World Conference — To get a little more in line with all that is going on within the company, Research in Motion changed the named of WES, their biggest conference of the year, to BlackBerry World.
We just heard that, starting tomorrow, Best Buy will offer the BlackBerry Torch 9800 for free throughout the remainder of December. This isn’t the first free BlackBerry Torch that we’ve heard of, but, it is the first free BlackBerry Torch offered in a big retail store like Best Buy. Needless to say, this is one heck of a deal for those in the market for a BlackBerry Torch…
If you want to get a BlackBerry Torch on the cheap, but, would like to stay out of the lines at Best Buy, check out the BlackBerry Torch for just one penny on Amazon.com…
The last tidbit that we heard about the BlackBerry Storm3 9570 was that it was cancelled by Research in Motion because it was just too close in in form and function to the BlackBerry Storm2 9550. Seeing how the Storm 9570 is still found in Best Buy’s order system months later, one has to wonder if the cancellation rumor is false, or, if Best Buy is just extremely slow at cleaning up their internal systems.
Best Buy is holding one heck of a BlackBerry Sale this weekend where you can get a BlackBerry Curve 3G from Verizon, Sprint, or T-Mobile for just 1 buck on a 2-year service plan. The name of the sale, appropriately is BlackBerry for Buck… The sale last tomorrow and Saturday only and there are no rain checks, so, if you are really interested, you may want to get to Best Buy early…
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We haven’t talked much if at all about the Microsoft Kin One or Kin Two, however, Best Buy has dropped their respective prices to $0 and $50 on two year contracts which make these devices a bit more interesting by way of being incredibly inexpensive. Not only do the Kins cost less than most smartphones or even feature phones, Best Buy’s pricing puts them into the range of standard mobile phones… You remember, the ones that you used to just make and receive phone calls on back in the day.
Microsoft must have spent a pretty penny on marketing of the Kin One and Kin Two because you see commercials for the devices during any network programing that has a target audience remotely close to the demographic MS is going after with the Kins. It will be interesting to see how well the Best Buy does with these devices. I’m guessing pretty well.
One would have to imagine that if BlackBerry Storm2 dummy display units are starting to appear in Best Buys stores that it probably isn’t going to be too long before they actually start selling the device. It’s kind of odd that Verizon, who hyped the first BlackBerry Storm more than any other BlackBerry that I’ve seen, hasn’t even officially announced the Storm2.
Kind of makes me wonder if Verizon is just dragging the ball, or, if they perceive issues with the Storm2 and don’t want a repeat of the nightmare that was the release of the original Storm.
It looks like now that just about everyone who was willing to spend $200 on a Palm Pre has, Best Buy has lowered their price down to $99.99 on a 2-year contract hoping to capture those consumers that couldn’t see spending twice as much as they would on an iPhone 3G.
Sprint should probably think about lowering their price as well. They really need to do everything they can to keep from churning customers over to AT&T and Verizon.