Looks like there was an outage Thursday that lasted from as early as 8 AM up until around 4 PM. Problems centred around data services on both EDGE and 3G, including wireless internet cards for laptops. We’ll be talking with some folks from Zenprise on tomorrow’s podcast to get the down-low on where the problem originated, how wide it spread, and what enterprises did about it. Did the service lapse cause y’all any headaches?
Monthly Archive for January, 2008
Not every day you see Canada get a BlackBerry before the US, eh? Well, the rumors have panned out, and we’ve got an announcement of the GPS Pearl from Rogers, going for $249.99 on a three-year contract and coming in a dashing blue. Spain is getting its kicks with the 8110, and Rogers looks like the first one to pick it up over here. With both GSM and CDMA carriers having next gen Pearls, you can count on some sweet deals on the leftover BlackBerry 8100s. Keep an eye on the Rogers store for availability.
Hot on the heels of the Spanish release, Verizon is now offering BlackBerry Professional Software to its American small enterprise customers. As ever, the BlackBerry Professional Software provides a wealth of synchronization options with pricing starting at five users for $549.99, then up to ten users for $849.00, capping out at 30 users. Verizon’s offering to upgrade existing Small Business Edition BES customers to the BlackBerry Professional software for free in an effort to phase out the older platform altogether. To get set up, call Verizon sales at 1-800-VZW-4BIZ.
It just doesn’t end, does it? Verizon’s BlackBerry 8830 has been given the red paint job that has become so popular this time of year, and will be available through Verizon’s online store and other retail channels tomorrow for $299.99 on a two-year contract, with a $100 rebate for qualifying voice and data plans. The World Edition is a nice change, since the 8800-series doesn’t get nearly as much colour as the Pearl does. Remember, if you’re ever looking for a quick and painless colour change, DecalGirl has some Solid State skins that can easily do the trick.
Ascendo’s latest version of their BlackBerry picture viewer has been released, now featuring microSD support, new loading options like watched directories and automatic photo detection, and editing options like rotation, brightness and contrast. It sounds like a pretty big update, especially with being able to read pictures from the microSD card. A photo management program must be fairly limited when it relies on BlackBerry’s 64 MB of internal memory, especially when most of that is gobbled up by a plethora of other apps. If you’re looking to give Ascendo Photos a go, you can pick it up here. Full release notes available here.
BerryReview recently posted about Michael Smalls, a BlackBerry theme designer who has released over a hundred BlackBerry 8100, 8300, and 8800 themes for free. The design of the website leaves quite a lot to be desired, but the themes themselves are well done and there is a lot of variety. If none of the themes are entirely to your liking, you can even contact Smalls to have one personally designed for a $3-$10 fee depending on complexity. Fair warning: the site absolutely requires Internet Explorer on a PC to download the themes. There’s always Gemblock, who also does a lot of free themes.