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Straight and to the point, if you're paying full price for Research In Motion's BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, you're paying too much. Don't worry, we're not about to wax critical about the tablet's lack of native email, calendar, and contacts support, all of which reportedly will be addressed in an update next month. The reason you shouldn't pay top dollar for a PlayBook is because it's on sale all over the place. If you head over to Staples, you'll find the 16GB Wi-Fi model selling for $299 instead of $499. That includes $100 in instant savings, and another Benjamin in the form of a mail-in-rebate (pre-paid Visa card). Office Depot is offering a near identical deal, only instead of a pre-paid... Read more...
RIM has been struggling to catch a break for months but the negative reports show no sign of slowing. According to UK rag The Guardian, the company has slashed production of its seven-inch tablet due to an enormous backlog of unshipped hardware. This follows the company's admission last week that it shipped just 200,000 PlayBooks in Q2, down from 500K in Q1. If true, it would mean that RIM has more PlayBook's in inventory than it's managed to sell to date. Quantas, the company that actually manufacturers the PlayBook, has cut its staff from 2,000 to less than 1,000. Unidentified sources with the company claim that RIM is manufacturing less than 100,000 units per month at this point, down from... Read more...
Research In Motion is learning a hard lesson in tablet sales. If you want to compete with Apple's iPad, you can't launch a half-baked slate and hope buyers will scoop up your product based on promise and potential. Yet that's exactly what RIM did when it launched its BlackBerry PlayBook, a nifty 7-inch tablet with a slick operating system, intuitive controls, awesome multitasking, and other high points, but missing critical features like native email and contacts support -- do'h! As a result, RIM only sold 200,000 PlayBook during the last quarter, a rather dismal number that in and of itself doesn't tell the whole story. After reducing its outlook, RIM was hoping to sell 490,000 PlayBooks last... Read more...
RIM has experienced a few setbacks with its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. Although the tablet has received some positive press including being approved for Federal use, the tablet still isn't selling as well as retailers or RIM hoped. As we recently saw with the HP TouchPad, price can make a big difference in how well a tablet sells. Best Buy recognizes that price matters to consumers. The retailer is offering a nice discount on BlackBerry PlayBook tablets. Although the $150 discount doesn't begin to compare to the fire-sale prices of the HP TouchPad, it's still a significant discount. Now, you'll be able to pick up the 64GB PlayBook for $550. To compare, keep in mind that Apple's 64GB iPad sells... Read more...
Investors and analysts agree, Research In Motion needs to do something to reinvigorate its market position and prevent legions of once-loyal BlackBerry users from transitioning en masse to Android and iOS devices. Whether the company's newly announced music service is going to do anything to stem the tide is, however, a matter of debate. The service, which entered a closed beta phase today, will run $4.99 a month. Users will be able to select up to 50 songs, which makes the service seem a dud right out of the gate, but RIM thinks it has an angle. BlackBerry Messenger Music (abbreviated BBM Music)'s hook is that it shares your music library with all of your friends, provided they sign up for the... Read more...
A few weeks ago, RIM introduced a smattering of new BlackBerry handsets, but one handset that was missing from the bunch was a newly designed Curve. Looks like that one was... just a bit behind the curve. (Sorry, had to do that.) Today, however, the Canadian smartphone maker is introducing the slickest, slimmest Curve yet. The Curve 9350, 9360 and 9370 are the newest trio, all of which feature BlackBerry 7 OS. No doubt, these are the first BlackBerry phones in quite some time that are downright beautiful. Boy, are they slim! They also sport the iconic BB keyboard, GPS, Wi-Fi, a 5MP camera (with video recording), a microSD/SDHC slot and a range of powerful hardware enhancements including upgraded... Read more...
Music services have been beat like a drum over the past few years, so is there really room or another? RIM seems to believe so, as it has just announced its new Blackberry Music Service. According to CNET's sources, RIM is "in talks with the four largest record companies about launching a new music service to run on top of BlackBerry Messenger, the company's instant-messenger service." The deal is already inked with one of those top 4 labels, and "at least" another 2 are within range. If the ink dries fast enough, the service could launch next week. It's a solid gesture, but it's hardly what RIM needs to be focusing on, as the company has bigger issues. Namely, BlackBerry needs a new OS to compete... Read more...
Soon, T-Mobile customers will be able to get their hands on the carrier’s first 4G BlackBerry smartphone. The new BlackBerry Bold 9900 is currently available for preorder for T-Mobile business customers. The phone is expected to be available in stores on Aug. 31. This 4G-capable BlackBerry boasts of being the thinnest BlackBerry smartphone ever, measuring 10.5mm thick. The phone also features a 1.2GHz processor, the new BlackBerry 7 OS, and T-Mobile’s new MobileLife Family Organizer application. T-Mobile Launches the BlackBerry Bold 9900, Its First 4G BlackBerry Smartphone Featuring the new BlackBerry 7 operating system, the smartphone will be T-Mobile’s fastest BlackBerry to... Read more...
Most of the mobile news this week is obviously centered around Google's decision to acquire Motorola Mobility, but RIM's still playing their cards as well. The company just announced vital details about the BlackBerry Bold 9930 and BlackBerry Torch 9850 on Sprint's network. We knew these guys were coming, but we didn't know when and for how much. Now, we do. The phones, both of which are powered by BlackBerry 7 OS, will go on sale in Sprint Stores, Sprint Business Sales, Telesales at 1-800-SPRINT1 and online at www.sprint.com beginning on Sunday, Aug. 21. BlackBerry Bold 9930 boasts the thinnest design and widest QWERTY on a BlackBerry smartphone for $249.99 (excluding taxes) with a new line... Read more...
Many businesses have discovered the benefits of equipping its staff with smartphones (powerful mobile computing and communication, etc.), and probably just about as many have experienced the downsides, too (lost/broken/stolen phones, management headaches, etc.). Research In Motion released a cloud-based management solution, called BlackBerry Management Center, that is designed to help companies with between 3-100 smartphone users more easily manage their fleet of devices and alleviate some of those problems. First off, BlackBerry Management Center is free, which is everyone’s favorite price. Second, it’s designed to require “little or no technical skills to use” (according... Read more...
RIM's once stellar outlook from a few years back has dimmed somewhat recently, but that's not stopping the company from keeping the hardware flowing. The Bold 9930 is their latest on Verizon Wireless, and it's available starting today for $249.99 on a 2-year contract. It's one of RIM's slimmer QWERTY-equipped devices, and offers a 2.8" (640x480) touch screen, 1.2GHz Snapdragon CPU, and a chassis that's only 0.41" thick. It also ships with the latest version of BlackBerry OS 7, and a somewhat mysterious launch date; despite being on sale today (it's also available for $510 without a contract requirement), there's no definitive ship date as of yet.... Read more...
Unfortunate news for RIM: while sales of the PlayBook tablet haven't been nearly as brisk as some other competitors out there, it looks like Sprint won't be investing time and effort into pushing the 4G WiMAX version on their store shelves. That means that only the Wi-Fi model will remain, with no 4G edition at all to speak of. The news is coming from a Wall Street Journal report on the matter, and while Sprint insists that this won't have an impact on the carrier's relationship with RIM, it can't make the folks in Waterloo feel nice and cozy. The BlackBerry brand has been hammered of late, and with this news, it means that the PlayBook lacks support from any of the three biggest American wireless... Read more...
Apple won a major victory against Samsung today; a German court has banned the Korean manufacturer from selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the entire European Union. The ruling is the latest setback for Samsung in its battle with Apple over allegations that its devices infringe on Apple's patents with respect to aspects of the iPhone / iPad's design and GUI. The injunction blocks the sale of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the entire EU save for the Netherlands, where a separate court case with a similar goal is being decided. Samsung's comments on the injunction indicate it had no idea the ruling was coming. Samsung is disappointed with the court's decision and we intend to act immediately to defend our... Read more...
Information about RIM’s first QNX smartphone, codenamed the BlackBerry Colt, have been leaked. The Colt is scheduled to launch in the first quarter of 2012. This new smartphone is said to have a single-core processor and lack BlackBerry Enterprise Server integration—two key features that are likely to be a disappointment to users. At a time where most high-end smartphones are moving to dual-core processors, the Colt seems to be lagging behind. Although details could change before the phone is released, BGR’s source said the internal testing that’s happening right now with the Colt is with a single-core chip. If you’ll recall, the BlackBerry PlayBook launched without... Read more...
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