With the BlackBerry 8320 coming out on T-Mobile today, it might be time to wonder if any of us should have bothered picking up the 8300 in the first place. It’s been, what, three months and we’re already looking at the Curve like a rotary phone? The BlackBerry 8820 is out, but the 8800 is still relatively new. We talked a bit about our excessive BlackBerry selection a few weeks ago, which looked at the situation in a fairly positive light, but let’s face it: planned obsolescence is good for sales, but doesn’t give end-users much mercy. On the other hand, this new aggressive tempo is making RIM more competitive versus other wireless innovators. So, BBCoolers, for this round of the Weekly Contest we ask you: would you rather RIM keep pumping out new devices at this pace, or should things slow back down to the way they used to be, with just a few BlackBerrys coming out each year? Whoever can best defend or refute RIM’s new strategy will win 3 games from Bplay.
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Our buddies at Ascendo have updated their impressive password-storing software, DataVault, up to version 4.2. DataVault lets you store all your personal PIN numbers, passwords, and other sensitive information in an easily searchable and browsable interface. The big changes since our last look at DataVault include the ability to encrypt e-mails, improved importing and exporting, and a few shortcuts for easier navigation. They’ve also got a desktop client that’s been updated to work better with Firefox. For a full list of updates take a look over here, and if you’re looking to pick up the latest version, it’s available for $29.95.
We just caught a story on BlackBerry’s poor penetration into China, even in light of the go-ahead given in July. Viable language support is still an issue, and a tough nut to crack for RIM. China Mobile is offering group plans for anyone who smuggles the devices in from Hong Kong or elsewhere, but they’re still unavailable for sale locally. There’s upwards of 600 million mobile users in China, and needless to say, RIM wants to get through the logistics so they can get in on the action.
Obviously, when we heard that Lypp was offering free long distance calls to Canadian BlackBerry users, we guffawed in disbelief. Of course, the bit where they take a jab at Canadian wireless rates got us on their side. Supposedly, Lypp is offering their service for free until the end of October. We’re jumping through the registration hoops now to see how well it all works. Any other Canucks in the house should give this a shot to see if it really is too good to be true.
Today’s the day that’s been rumored for T-Mobile’s release of the BlackBerry 8320, which has now been confirmed by a RIM announcement. The online store is stocked, and a few folks have said that they’ve been able to find the gold and titanium-clad BlackBerrys in their local T-Mobile outlet. Boy Genius already has his hands on one (go figure), and has done a side-by-side browser battle with the BlackBerry 8300 to test out EDGE versus Wi-Fi speeds. The results are interesting, to say the least. He makes a solid case that Wi-Fi for data transfer isn’t that big of a deal, so unless you have UMA support, the BlackBerry 8320 won’t rock your socks.
Not only is RIM sponsoring the Ontario Linux Fest lined up to start October 13th. in Toronto, but they’ll be hiring open source gurus there as well. Linux and the like supposedly play a big part in RIM’s internal workings, so what better place to pick up fresh, local talent than a Linux convention in Toronto, a scant two hours drive from their Waterloo home base? Linux is lined up to be a major platform for mobiles in the next couple of years; it’s good to see RIM getting friendly with it at least.