First look at the BlackBerry Javelin, Jun 16

Remember the BlackBerry Javelin? It’s the 3G-less BlackBerry in the 9xxx family due out sometime in 2009. A lack of 3G doesn’t mean it’s a lost cause, however, because the Javelin still packs Wi-Fi, GPS, a beautiful half-VGA screen and something the bold doesn’t have: a 3.2Mpx camera.

We’ll keep you in the know as we learn more.

(Via Engadget Mobile)

Check out BlackBerry Javelin details after the jump

Weekly Contest: How will iPhone 3G’s price, Apple’s new business model affect RIM?, Jun 13

Apple is going mass market with iPhone 3G. How will this affect RIM? Post the best comment and win Magmic’s THK3 and a BBCool tee shirt!

Head-to-Head: Empower vs. BBSmart, Jun 05

Guest contributor Mike Kerfeld puts Empower and BBSmart through the ring of fire to see which emerges as the best HTML email viewer.

Mundu: Yet another BlackBerry IM client, this one might be worth it, Jun 16

These days, it seems as though you can’t throw a BlackBerry without hitting another IM client. However, unlike most other IM clients, Mundu Mobile offers interoperability with a variety of its competitors, like AIM, Yahoo, ICQ, MSN, Gtalk & Jabber. The software will run you USD$11, but that’s a small price to pay for having all your IM’ing under one roof (except for BlackBerry Messenger, of course. Sigh.).

Go here to buy Mundu for BlackBerry. But first, check out some screenshots, software features, and a device compatibility after the jump.

(via BlackBerry Sync)

Click here for more info about Mundo Mobile

RIM to announce Q1 fiscal results June 25th, Jun 16

June 25th is going to be a big day for RIM. That’s the day in which our Waterloo-based friends will release their Q1 2009 financial results, and the world will be watching. Fair or not, the impending release of the iPhone 3G and its predecessor’s sales numbers will place a lot of pressure on RIM to display positive results and an even more positive future forecast. Expect a lot of talk about the impending BlackBerry Bold and even more (unanswered) questions about the BlackBerry Thunder.

You can expect full coverage on BBCool of RIM’s conference call and live webcast beginning at 5pm, which can be accessed by dialing 416-640-1907 or logging in here. A replay of the conference call will also be available by 7pm for those who can’t catch it live. Post a comment and let us know if you think the RIM financial forecast will be cloudy or bright rays of sunshine.

BlackBerry Technical Web-Seminar July 9th, Jun 16

Suffering from post-WES stress disorder? You’re in luck. RIM announced today a new Technical Web-Seminar entitled ‘Building the Foundation for Intelligent Mobility’. Targeted for BlackBerry Administrators, Managers, and Developers, the Seminar will feature a keynote speech from RIM CIO Robin Bienfait.

The Web-Seminar takes place on July 9th, from 9:00am to 11:00pm ET. To register, go here.

(via RIM)

View more info about the Web-Seminar after the jump

New BlackBerry ‘U’ Theme: the evolution of the ‘Zen’ theme, Jun 16

If you’re like me, you hate having your BlackBerry cluttered with icons — you know which ones you use regularly, and you want quick access to them. As such, you probably used a Zen them before eventually moving to the Zen ‘L’ BlackBerry theme. Get ready for the next step: the Zen ‘U’ theme.

The wonderful chaps at BerryReview have discovered a 15 icon Zen theme for the 83xx and 88xx series BlackBerrys on the BlueRoomSolution forums. I always wondered why such a theme hadn’t been offered right out of the box with my BlackBerry (I mean, doesn’t ‘U’ follow ‘L’ in the alphabet?), but now it doesn’t matter.

Two minor caveats: the theme sometimes glitches out on BlackBerrys running OS 4.5 beta, refusing to display some of the icons. Also, at this point it seems as though the 16 home screen icons are pre-arranged, preventing you from changing them. But still… 15 icons!!

You can download the ‘U’ them OTA here.

(via BerryReview)

View a picture of the OS 4.5 glitch after the jump

BlackBerry KickStart pictures emerge, Jun 13

Oh boy, RIM isn’t going to like this. Our friends at CrackBerry have posted pictures of the BlackBerry KickStart. Is it just me, or does it not look as ugly as previously thought? I wonder how much radiation it emits. Post a comment and let us know what you think of RIM’s first FlipBerry.

(via CrackBerry)

Click here for more BlackBerry KickStart photos

New BBGeeks YouTube commercial (NSFW?), Jun 13

I’m heading to Toronto today, and Simon is still on vacation, so news will unfortunately be light. But it’s Friday, so enjoy photos of the new BlackBerry KickStart and a video made by our friends at BBGeeks. It’s a little NSFW, but I feel it aptly depicts the trials and tribulations of the BlackBerry Nation.

Weekly Contest: How will iPhone 3G’s price, Apple’s new business model affect RIM?, Jun 13

Due to the great response to this question, we’re going to make it the Weekly Contest. Once again we’ll be offering the one two punch of a free BBCool tee shirt and Magmic’s THK3 to the person with the best comment. Feel free to comment again now that prizes are at stake. Also, try to factor in the Bold launching a mere 4 days after the iPhone (in Canada at least).

Reading this CN article about Apple’s new business model for the iPhone has raised a lot of questions at BBCool HQ. Unlike the release of the original iPhone, Apple is targeting massive consumer sales over carrier revenue. Apple has killed carrier exclusivity per region for the iPhone 3G, and it’s believed that they will only be taking the initial sale price, while operators will then keep 100% of the subscriber fees.

Now, this ‘new’ model in itself isn’t much of a big deal — in fact, it’s pretty much the model that every other handset vendor uses. However, when you factor in the lowered price point (USD$200), cheap unlimited data rates (USD$30, cheap for Canada at least!) and that Apple was able to sell 6 million devices in a year on just a few carriers, you have to wonder how this will affect the Waterloo boys and girls. As hyped as the Apple vs. RIM affair has been, I don’t expect the BlackBerry Bold to be launching for $200, do you?

Post a comment and let us know what you think. Also, for those interested in getting some iPhone love on their BlackBerry, check out Bplay’s slick iBerry 2.0 theme.

(image via Engadget)

Rogers BlackBerry Bold to launch July 15th. AT&T too?, Jun 12

Hmmm, this is interesting. We just received word that on July 15th, RIM will be holding a series of events across Canada for a “BlackBerry product launch for business executives.” While there’s a possibility that the product in question could be something other than the upcoming BlackBerry Bold, it seems less than likely. The event is supposed to feature “demonstration kiosks”, which sounds similar to their set up at this year’s WES.

The question now becomes one of when the Bold is launching on AT&T. The mid July timeline seems to coincide with what Engadget has reported previously, so we could be seeing a simultaneous release, or the AT&T Bold dropping days earlier. Until we know for sure, check out AT&T’s newly launched Bold promotional page to hold you over.

(Thanks, RogersDude69!)

The BlackBerry Curve will give you Hulk-like powers, Jun 12

Boy, is this a chilling thought. Apparently, C|net has compiled a list of various BlackBerry models in terms of their radiation emission levels. Checking the list, I was surprised to find that my very own BlackBerry 8330 is the king of the hill at a 1.54 W/kg SAR rating. It should be noted that the cut-off point allowed by the FTC is 1.6. Eep. The lowest emitting BlackBerrys? The good old 7100r and the 8830.

Check out the list below and find out whether or not your BlackBerry will help you “go smash now!” or prevent you from having children. Thanks Phea for the tip (I think).

(via C|net)

First look at Windows Live for BlackBerry, Jun 12

We told you during WES about RIM’s partnership with Microsoft to bring Windows Live and push Hotmail support to BlackBerry, due out sometime later this summer. However, the eager beavers over at BerryReview have jumped the gun and gotten their hands on two pre-release screenshots.

I have to admit it does look okay, but really, who wants to put a Microsoft product on their BlackBerry? Check out a list of Windows Live feature specs after the jump.

(via BerryReview)

Click here for Windows Live for BlackBerry features

Fido kills off BlackBerry Connect support, other carriers should follow suit, Jun 12

One of saddest moments of each WES for me is walking by the BlackBerry Connect booth, seeing a lone RIM employee bored out of his skull next to three non-BlackBerry devices, and awkwardly trying to avoid eye contact so I don’t have to talk to him. But then I think they must have done something to deserve the posting, like giving secrets to Boy Genius, and I walk away feeling much better.

On June 3rd, Canadian carrier Fido killed off their BlackBerry Connect package for new subscribers. Apparently this was done due to the ‘introduction of new data products’, i.e. devices that don’t need BC anyways. Current Fido customers with this option on their account are allowed to keep it as a grandfathered feature. I wonder how long it will take other carriers to do the same?

(via BlackBerry Sync)

Boy Genius unearths the BlackBerry 9110 (Codename: Seawolf), Jun 12

Year after year, Boy Genius keeps the often boring summertime news cycle interesting by breaking new BlackBerry devices. The trend continues, this time with an .xml file revealing the BlackBerry 9110, which has essentially the coolest development codename ever: Seawolf. Pertinent features? It’s in the 9100 series family, which means a ‘reduced’ SureType keypad, and possibly flip-phone styling, but with GPS support.

Boy Genius seems to think the device is headed to AT&T. We wait with baited breath.

(via Boy Genius Report)

Rogers BlackBerry 8120 Hands-on, WiFi browsing is lame, Jun 11

You didn’t think I went all the way to Rogers HQ just for a pink BlackBerry, did you? The mysterious ninja that is RogersDude69 also let me put my paws on the recently released BlackBerry 8120, which is notable for its WiFi/UMA support and being the first BlackBerry to launch with OS 4.5.

First to WiFi. It should be noted that if you don’t have an active account (i.e., if you’re not using a post-paid SIM card) you cannot use the web browser. With an active SIM in the 8120, but the “Mobile Network” option turned off in your Connection Manager, the browser will connect sometimes, but it’s very spotty.

While the AT&T version of the BlackBerry 8120 has a separate icon for WiFi browsing, it gets a little bit trickier with the Rogers version. With no separate browser, you have to make sure your BlackBerry Browser is set to the WiFi Hotspot option. Unfortunately, browsing using the WiFi can be excruciatingly slow, and I could beat the 8120 to most pages using my EV-DO BlackBerry 8330. I highly recommend disabling JavaScripts in your browser options, which can make a noticeable difference. I’m not sure why exactly browsing is so slow, but I’m willing to be it has something to do with the 8120’s legacy-8700 processor.

We’re going to play around with the BlackBerry 8120 some more (specifically its UMA features), and let you know when we’ve found OS 4.5’s other idiosyncrasies.

Pink Rogers BlackBerry 8310 hands-on (aka, the ‘not worth it’ Berry), Jun 11

Sorry for the late updates today, but there was a reason: I spent the morning at the local Rogers Wireless getting some hands-on time with the new pink Rogers BlackBerry 8310 we told you about last week. And despite recent confirmation that the ladies (and stylish gentlemen) love themselves a pink smartphone, I’d have to recommend another method than the 8310.

Why is that? For starters, the device doesn’t come shipped with OS 4.5 as originally hoped, or even OS 4.3, but clunky old 4.2.2.163 (see after the jump). Very disappointing. Also, while the BlackBerry 8310 comes with GPS, it also costs CDN$199 with a 3 year contract (or $150 if you can convince a Rogers manager to give you the new customer discount), pretty expensive considering our friends at Rogers were expecting the upcoming Bold to be released at CDN$299 with a 3 year contract. The Bold, remember, is rocking GPS, 3G and WiFi (don’t expect the WiFi equipped BlackBerry 8320 to be out on Rogers anytime before Christmas, either).

BlackBerry Cool recommends that you hold out for the Bold, or if you really need a pink BB, choose a lovely skin from our friends at DecalGirl and do it yourself. Would you rather have an EDGE BlackBerry 8310 on Rogers for way too much, or a sweet 3G BlackBerry 8330 from Telus customized to perfection (shown above)? We thought so, too.

(Thanks, RogersDude69!)

More BlackBerry 8310 photos after the jump

BlackBerry Bold shows up on AT&T’s site, still no word on release date, Jun 11

Well lookie here. Several people within the BlackBerry Nation have emailed us saying that the BlackBerry Bold has made an official appearance on AT&T’s website. There’s nothing there that we don’t already know (i.e., there are no release date details), but hopefully it’s a sign that the Bold-is-Beautiful device is coming out sooner than the supposed late July/August drop date.

Go here to check it out.

(Thanks RIMdog, Jimmy88 and everyone else that sent this in!)

BlackBerry Thunder Update: tons of network support, no hope for N.A. unlocking, Jun 11

The Boy Genius continues to filter through the black swamp of tech rumors to deliver us the goods, this time with an update for the BlackBerry Thunder, the exclusive touch screen BlackBerry for Verizon he broke news of during WES.

A few things stand out: first, the Thunder will not have an external microSD slot, meaning you’re going to have to pop the battery to access it, as if it were a BlackBerry Curve. Once you’ve popped that battery, however, you’ll see a SIM card sitting next to it. BG has also heard that the BlackBerry will support CDMA 1x, EV-DO, GSM, GPRS, EDGE, UMTS and HSPA, making it a very slick hybrid device. Of course, North American readers can forget about unlocking it for use on, say, AT&T: like the BlackBerry 8830, the Thunder will only use CDMA coverage while inside the great US of A — which doesn’t matter much seeing as the BlackBerry will only support the international 900/1800MHz bands with 2100MHz WCDMA band anyways.

BG is still saying Q3 release this year for the Thunder. We keep you in the know as more information develops.

(via Boy Genius Report)

SugarSync wins GSMA Award for Innovation, Jun 10

Our good friends over at Sharpcast, creators of SugarSync, sent us a line today to let us know their solution was selected as the Top Innovator in the category of Most Innovative Consumer Application or Service, and a Global Semi-Finalist in the Americas leg of the 2009 Mobile Innovation Global Award Competition, as part of the GSMA’s Mobile Innovation Marketplace.

SugarSync combines secure online backup, remote access, mobile synchronization, and online file sharing into one solution, giving users seamless access to all the content stored on their computers from a mobile phone. Expect a review up from us soon, but until then a 45-day free trial is available at www.sugarsync.com.

Mobile.BlackBerry.Com offers Euro 2008 updates, Jun 10

I wasn’t going to post this, mostly because watching my beloved Poland get trounced by Germany has turned me off from the Euro 2008 tourney faster than Italy’s keeper lets in goals, but I digress. The BlackBerry Cool Nation stretches far and wide, and I’m sure many of you are footie fans.

If you’re looking to keep up with the latest Euro 2008 news and scores, mobile.blackberry.com has the answer. Simply head to the site’s ‘What’s Hot’ section to download the Goal.com BlackBerry Web Icon. Now let’s all pray that Zurawski will be healthy enough for Poland’s next match.

Women are buying more smartphones, pink is a factor, Jun 10

The New York Times has an article out today spotlighting the growing trend of women with smartphones, and of course, it’s filled with iPhone-related data. For example, did you know that one out of every three iPhones were purchased by a woman? Significantly, this number is a result of a doubling of the number of women using smartphones in the past year, to 10.4 million (women accounted for only one in four of every iPhone purchase as recently as October).

Suggested reasons for the upsurge? Cheaper phones with more appealing designs, such as the now $99 BlackBerry Pearl, the elimination of the geek stigma to purchasing a smartphone, and an ever-increasing need to keep in touch with family members. Perhaps also the color pink:

We picked a shade of pink that fit in all kinds of settings — not too flashy,” said Mark Guibert, vice president for corporate marketing at RIM. “It was the only color that was purely driven by the female audience. Years ago the market was much more focused solely on function. Now there is more focus on lifestyle.

Pink: is there anything it can’t do?

(via NYT)

WWDC Round Up: the 3G iPhone Cometh, Jun 09

Well, it sure was an interesting day for those following the unveiling of Apple’s newest smartphone. 3G. AGPS. USD $200 on a two-year contract (8G model). 300 hours of standby time, 8-10 hours of 2G talk time, 5 hours of 3G talk time, 7 hours of video time and 24 hours of audio time. Our sister sites, QuicklyBored and SmartPhoneCool have been all over the coverage today; here are the links to some interesting posts:

iPhone 3G Country Launch List
iPhone 3G Hands-On Impressions
iPhone 3G and Mobile Games

Check out the content and let us know what you think of Apple’s black beauty. How does this stack up with the BlackBerry Bold?

(image via Engadget)

JetBlue buys Verizon’s Airfone biz, to offer in-flight email (but not with BlackBerrys), Jun 09

JetBlue Airways has agreed to buy Verizon’s Airfone business to offer e-mail and messaging services aboard planes. Verizon has been shedding businesses lately to focus on its wireless service. The purchase lets JetBlue expand an in-flight messaging service it started testing on one plane in December and plans to add to other aircraft and carriers. JetBlue won a U.S. government auction of airwaves this month to provide Web service on flights.

While this won’t allow us to use our BlackBerrys yet for email goodness, JetBlue has said they’re studying ways to allow passengers to use them during flights. The wait continues…

(via Bloomberg)

Mobile use affects sleep in teens, don’t give them a BlackBerry, Jun 09

As I walk to work each day to get my blog on, I often pass punk kids blathering away on their mobiles. Recently, I’ve seen many of them using BlackBerry Pearls or hand-me-down 7290’s (still kicking!) from their parents. That’s why I’m pleased to discover today that all those punk kids in my way suffer from sleeping disorders.

According to a research abstract that will be presented at the 22nd Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies (no, I’m not making that up), when compared to subjects with restricted use of cell phones, young people with excessive use of cell phones (both talking and text messaging) have increased restlessness with more careless lifestyles, more consumption of stimulating beverages, difficulty in falling asleep and disrupted sleep, and more susceptibility to stress and fatigue.

So if you love your child, don’t give them a BlackBerry. It does beg the question, however: if this is what happens to teens, what’s going to happen to us?

(via CN)

Click here to read more about the study

WWDC is today: do you care?, Jun 09

Many people in the BlackBerry Nation don’t know anything about WWDC, Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference. However, today just might be a good day to start learning, considering the ENTIRE FREAKING INTERNET is waiting on a 3G iPhone announcement that should be coming today from Mr. Jobs himself. Considering how hyped you all seem to be for 3G, and how iPhone vs. BlackBerry has always allowed for endearing saber-rattling, I must ask the question: are you in any way planning to follow today’s WWDC news?

Post a comment and let us know.

First Real BlackBerry Thunder Pic, Boy Genius Spot On, Jun 09

BG has done it again, leaking another exclusive picture of a nascent BlackBerry. This time, it’s the BlackBerry Thunder, which Boy Genius tells us is a dual mode (EV-DO Rev. C and GSM HSPA for international travel) touchscreen BlackBerry coming exclusively to Verizon Q3 of this year. Although it’s a mock-up, BG wouldn’t post it unless it was legit. Also, surprise surpise, it looks exactly like the one BG furnished when he originally broke the story during WES — it’s almost like he knew.

Post a comment and tell us what you think of the words touchscreen and BlackBerry being wrapped together in one nice, neat little package.

(via BoyGenius Report)

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