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Whether or not Verizon Wireless wants it that way or not, RIM's BlackBerry Storm 2 is as good as official. The long-awaited successor the universally panned Storm is finally out, with the first carrier to come clean about it being Vodafone...way across the pond. Walt Mossberg (among other outlets) has also confirmed that the handset will soon be making its way to Verizon's airwaves, though a date and price remain elusive.Well, sort of elusive. We're told that it'll probably touch down next month for around $200 (likely on contract), which makes sense. After all, RIM doesn't want this phone to launch in the States after the holiday season. We're told that the Storm 2 looks pretty much exactly... Read more...
Nokia’s latest E900 has some people wondering if the company has finally come up with a smartphone that will rival Apple’s iPhone. Aimed at the top end of the market, you may recall that the new N900 is the company’s first phone running on Linux software. By taking advantage of Nokia's Linux-based Maemo operating system, the handset offers multitasking and Web browsing capabilities using its touchscreen and slide-out keyboard. Although the N900 might be Nokia’s latest high-end device, don’t think this means the company is moving away from its Symbian operating system, which is currently the most widely used mobile operating system in the world. Nokia has said that Linux will work with—not replace—the... Read more...
Already launched on Verizon Wireless and Alltel, Sprint has become the next to official trumpet the release of RIM's BlackBerry Tour. We already knew the company was planning to put its own stamp on the highly-acclaimed smartphone, and just like that, the Tour 9630 has become a family member with Palm's Pre and the like. Boasting a 3G radio, GPS, document editing and a 3.2MP camera, this phone is certainly looking like a solid rival to the aforesaid Pre and Apple's iPhone. RIM claims that web browsing is faster than ever here, with easy access to social networking sites and a microSD card slot to load up your multimedia. The phone itself is slimmer than a deck of playing cards, and considering... Read more...
RIM, the maker of the popular line of BlackBerry smartphones, has acquired Torch Mobile, the WebKit browser developer that’s most known for its Iris mobile browser that runs on Windows Mobile phones, for an undisclosed sum. WebKit is the open-source code that underlines many of today’s mobile browsers found on the Apple iPhone, Palm Pre, and Google Android phones. According to Torch Mobile’s website, “Our team of developers will join RIM’s global organization and will now be focused on utilizing our WebKit-based mobile browser expertise to contribute to the ongoing enhancement of the BlackBerry platform.” The site also explains that Torch Mobile’s team of skilled developers will continue to be... Read more...
Verizon Wireless and Sprint have already announced plans to ship RIM's newest BlackBerry (that'd be the Tour), and now Alltel Wireless is jumping in to yell "me too!" Of course, it's sort of odd for Alltel to waste the marketing dollars here considering that VZW is already showing ads informing the general public that Alltel and Verizon are about to nail down a merge, but we digress.The same CDMA-ready 3G Tour that can be purchased on America's biggest two CDMA operators is also making a beeline for Alltel shelves (while they're still blue, anyway). As with the other carriers, Alltel's Tour also features a 2.44" display, 3.2MP camera, video recording, a PowerPoint reader, multimedia player and... Read more...
Research In Motion's BlackBerry line has a long history of being the go-to smartphone for the business crowd. By and large, the BlackBerry hasn't changed much over the years, sticking to its vertical form factor, full QWERTY keypad and generally small screen. Those attributes, along with a few nice extras, are all present on the company's latest slice of fruit, the BlackBerry Curve 8520. The sleekest BlackBerry yet is destined to launch on T-Mobile USA, and while the specs list is decent, it's still being classified as a low-to-mid-range smartphone. It'll be available in two shades (black and frost) and will provide push e-mail, messaging and applications that provide easy access to popular social... Read more...
There's hardly anything that gets us at HotHardware more steamed than spyware, and we can only imagine how infuriated over 100,000 BlackBerry users in the UAE are after being fooled with a spyware-infused update. In a story that's sounds too bizarre to be true (but is, in fact, true), Etisalat--a major cellular operator in the United Arab Emirates--pushed out an update to its 145,000 BlackBerry customers that actually contained spyware.The application was reportedly developed by SS8, and it promised BlackBerry users that it would improve performance. In fact, the company is still maintaining that the update was necessary for undisclosed "service enhancements." Regardless of what the carrier claims,... Read more...
Verizon Wireless and Sprint both launched the BlackBerry Tour today. This smartphone from RIM offers support for both CDMA and GSM networks, making the phone compatible with various networks around the world. The Tour operates on Verizon’s and Sprint’s EVDO Rev. A mobile broadband networks and can also roam on other high speed HDSPA networks. When roaming, the phone offers 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as support for 2100 MHz UMTS/HSPA networks. The Tour offers a variety of business and personal features that take advantage of these high-speed capabilities. Personal features include access to social networking sites such as Facebook, Flickr, and MySpace. Users can also share pictures... Read more...
My, how the tables have turned. The bickering from mobile carriers over the inclusion of Wi-Fi on higher-end devices is still fresh in our minds, as just a few years back many companies viewed it as a rival to 3G, and thus, a rival to mobile data revenues. Today, however, things have shifted dramatically. It's not really the data network that's profitable any more, but the applications and such downloaded for one's phone. Of course, it matters not what kind of data network is used when an app is purchased, it only matters that the app is purchased and some of that revenue goes the carrier. In the case of Apple's App Store, none of the revenue from application sales goes to AT&T, which gives... Read more...
What would you get if RIM's BlackBerry Storm and Bold slammed together at an unnerving rate of speed? Aside from a real mess, you'd probably have something akin to this: the BlackBerry Tour. The newest 3G BlackBerry is headed straight for Verizon Wireless, with an in-store launch date of July 12th. Better still, this is classified as a "world phone," meaning that there is a SIM card slot as well to roam on GSM networks when not using VZW's CDMA towers here in the United States.Other specifications include a 3.2MP camera, built-in GPS, geo-tagging/video support, a full HTML browser, support for tethering and V CAST and all of the normal BlackBerry amenities users have grown to love (push email,... Read more...
It's still strange to think that Research In Motion has a flip phone with a designated "BlackBerry" logo, but after spending months upon months on T-Mobile's network, one of these very handsets is finally shifting over to America's largest cell carrier: Verizon Wireless. Announced this week, RIM's BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230 will soon be arriving on Verizon shelves, bringing with it 3G support, a silver casing, two high-resolution color displays (one external, one internal), a 2.0MP camera (with zoom, flash and video recording),  microSD card slot and a SureType keyboard that's not quite QWERTY, but close enough for most. Of course, it will also support BIS (BlackBerry Internet Service) and... Read more...
Research In Motion, the maker of the popular BlackBerry line of handheld devices, has issued a security patch for the popular handhelds, warning they are vulnerable to attacks by hackers. According to security experts, if this latest patch is not applied, there is a risk hackers could exploit the vulnerability and take over a company’s server. To date, no hacker has exploited the vulnerability. As RIM put it, “Multiple security vulnerabilities exist in the PDF distiller of some released versions of the BlackBerry Attachment Service.” This vulnerability could cause memory corruption and could also possibly lead to arbitrary code execution on the computer that hosts the BlackBerry Attachment Service.... Read more...
Believe it or not, RIM's BlackBerry App World -- which is basically the App Store for BlackBerry smartphones -- has been ticking now for a solid month. Thus, it's fitting to see one of its most promising bits of software go live today. QuickPlay Media, a provider of mobile video, has just announced that its PrimeTime2Go premium mobile TV service is now available in the U.S. for the BlackBerry Bold and BlackBerry Curve 8900 handsets.The service requires that users pay a monthly subscription fee to receive unrestricted and unlimited access to loads of mobile TV channels, including feeds from big networks such as ABC, Disney Channel, ESPN, CBS, ABC Family, Bravo, USA, Sci-Fi, The CW and Discovery... Read more...
As expected, and despite the fact it did so on April 1st, RIM on Wednesday launched the BlackBerry App World, the RIM answer to Apple's own App Store. BlackBerry App World, besides being the store itself, is an app you download from RIM's site. System requirements for the app: BlackBerry® Device Software version 4.2 or higherBlackBerry smartphones with trackballs or SurePress™ touch screenBlackBerry App World is only available to customers in US, Canada and UK and may not be available on all networksBlackBerry App World offers the following categories: Entertainment GamesMaps and Navigation Music and Video News and Weather Productivity and UtilitiesProfessional and BusinessReference... Read more...
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