Monthly Archive for May, 2006

Berry Pix 2.0 Reviewed

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With Victoria and Memorial Day now passed, I’m sure everyone has lots of fun memories from their long weekend of choice. Whether it was a barbeque with the buddies or a little road trip with the kids, these good times were probably captured by somebody’s digital camera. Sounds like a good time to review Colabnet’s Berry Pix 2.0, a software solution for storing and viewing pictures on you BlackBerry.

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New BlackBerry to be Announced Tomorrow?

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Here’s an interesting little piece from T3: apparently they’re reporting that an all new BlackBerry will be announced tomorrow. We’re not sure what device they’re talking about — perhaps they’re vaguely referring to a local 8707 announcement (the post contains an image of an 8700 and states that a ‘juicier model’ is coming to replace it) or a new 7130 being released.

This is very strange stuff. To the best of our knowledge, we shouldn’t be expecting an official announcement on a ‘new’ BlackBerry any time soon. We’ll check our sources and keep you informed.

J.P. Morgan Upgrades RIM’s Stock

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Market analysts from J.P. Morgan upgraded RIM’s stock to overweight from neutral this morning, citing a stock cost 21.7 times its 2007 pro forma earnings estimate of $2.98. According to J.P. Morgan, that’s roughly a 10% discount to the valuation afforded to comparable companies’ shares. The brokerage also expects RIM’s earnings to post a compound average growth rate of 29% through 2009, while revenue should rise by 19.9% and their subscriber count should double to more than 10 million over the next 18 months.

“Arguably, the decline in RIM’s multiple makes sense in the context of the firm’s seven consecutive quarters of declining y/y revenue growth, recent downward revisions to guidance, and recurring litigation overhangs,” J.P. Morgan said. “However, we expect revenue growth to re-accelerate in the fiscal fourth quarter of 2007 and we believe management has set expectations to more reasonable levels heading into FY07. The litigation threat remains.”

A quick look at RIM’s pre-market trading today shows them up 2 USD from yesterday’s closing price of 64.80 USD.

7130e officially announced from Sprint

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The second BlackBerry device announcement this week, Sprint announced today the release of the BlackBerry 7130e. Major selling points for the 7130e include ‘phone as modem’ capabilities, a large memory upgrade over the 7100 BlackBerry and EV-DO network support. The device will retail for around 199 USD, after discount.

“The BlackBerry 7130e and Sprint Mobile Broadband service provide customers with a high-performance mobile solution in a slim and stylish design,” said Mark Guibert, vice president of corporate marketing at RIM. “It’s an exceptional choice for customers looking to upgrade their existing mobile phone with a new handset that’s both powerful and easy to use.”

More detailed specs after the jump.

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BlackBerry Connect Software Now Available For Nokia E61

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Nokia e62

All About Symbian hit us with the hot tip that BlackBerry Connect software for the Nokia E61 is now available from the Nokia Business Site. BlackBerry Connect allows non-BlackBerry devices limited BES functionality like push email and calendar syncing (which is the important stuff, anyway). E60 and E70 BlackBerry Connect compatibility is soon to follow.

In-depth Nokia E61 review

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While we still talking about the Nokia E61, All About Symbian also has a fairly in-depth hands on review of the device (he must have better sources than us). Here are some of the highlights:

– Device ships with 52 applications (wow, that’s a lot better than the free version of Brick Breaker RIM gives us)
– Wide device body makes finding earpiece for phone calls difficult
– Desktop syncing is very easy and reliable
– Internet connection is fast and easy
– Web Browsing is quirky
– S60 menu interface suffers slightly from transition to landscape screen

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