Monthly Archive for June, 2006Page 4 of 23

Is RIM making a big mistake with the Stealth?

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BlackBerry Stealth

So here’s what we know so far: coming from a fairly reliable source (who broke the news on the BlackBerry 8700 way back when), we have a grainy picture of a BlackBerry that is set to be released some time in November or December. Very similar in design to the 7130c, the BlackBerry “Stealth” looks to be a SureType device with MP3 music capability, removable memory, EDGE network support and a thumbpad (this will most likely not replace the scrollwheel, but instead be used for dedicated music controls). The Stealth sounds fairly similar to the “lifestyle” line of devices RIM CEO Mike Lazaridis mentioned during WES 2006, although it’s missing the Wi-Fi and integrated GPS he talked about (let’s not get started about camera functionality). Are we here at BlackBerry Cool the only ones looking for more?

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Piper Jaffray recommends short-term caution with RIM

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Forbes.com is reporting that analysts from Piper Jaffray are advising near-term caution on RIM’s stock in the face of their upcoming performance report on the first quarter of fiscal 2007 tomorrow. However, the analysts also said that RIM’s stock had a more positive long-term outlook, due to new products and increased subscriber growth.

“While we believe RIM is well positioned for stronger net subscriber growth during the November quarter, we remain cautious on near-term subscriber trends,” Piper Jaffray analyst T. Michael Walkley wrote in a report to investors.

For now, Walkley is maintaining a “market perform” rating and $73 USD price target on RIM.

DVide Arts releases RPG for BlackBerry

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Angel Sword

As most BlackBerry gamers can attest, the majority of games released for BlackBerry fall into either the puzzle or card game genres. That’s why when we heard that DVide Arts was releasing an RPG for BlackBerry, we had to let you know. Called Angel Sword, DVide Arts’ RPG is the story who must recover the Sword of Angels and stop the Red Wizard. Here are some of Angel Sword’s features:

2 major lands to explore
Alternate endings
Save up to 3 unique games
Submit your game time online after completion

You can learn more about Angel Sword by going here.

RIM hosts two webcasts today

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Research in MotionThis post might be a little late for all you West Coast readers out there, but maybe you got up really early today. RIM’s Enterprise Resource Center is hosting two free webcasts today and they look like they’re worth checking out.

From 11-11:30 am EST, RIM Senior Marketing Manager Sam Plati will be introducing the BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express, with a basic functionality overview.

Then, from Noon-1 pm EST, Wireless Solution Architect Jim Skillas will host a talk on installing BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.1 for Lotus Domino.

Make sure to eat a good breakfast today so the knowledge seeps in.

The Street.com sizes up mobile battleground

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There’s a great article at TheStreet.com sizing up the looming mobile battleground between Motorola (Q), Nokia (E61) and RIM (8707). Author Tero Kuittinen really looks beyond device specs to analyze the three competitors in terms of pricing and their attempts to launch into new markets.

Serious trouble is brewing for Research In Motion, which is being squeezed by two price-cut experts and is now pinning its hopes on notoriously tough Asian markets. Tokyo’s Akihabara is a graveyard for Western electronics companies — from video games to mobile phones, Japan has resisted Western brands fiercely for decades. South Korea isn’t much easier, and Motorola’s recent resurgence there makes BlackBerry’s challenge even more formidable.

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Verizon Improves EV-DO network

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Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless announced today that they have selected Lucent to deploy CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Revision A (Rev. A) technology into their nationwide network. With this agreement, Lucent will continue to be one of Verizon Wireless’ primary next-generation network infrastructure suppliers; financial details are not being disclosed. The contract for Lucent’s Rev. A solution also consists of incremental hardware and software upgrades to Verizon Wireless’ existing Lucent-supplied base stations.

CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Revision A is an enhanced version of CDMA2000 1xEV-DO that increases the efficiency, data speeds and capacity of existing EV-DO networks (similar to an HSDPA upgrade to UMTS networks). EV-DO Rev. A enables users to receive data at speeds up to 3.1 Megabits per second and send data at speeds of up to 1.8 Mbps. These increased data speeds reduce data latency and will enable Verizon to deliver VoIP and other high-end 3G multimedia services.