Monthly Archive for August, 2008Page 3 of 24

The BlackBerry Thunder is the Storm 9530 (and the Thunder?)

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Verizon BlackBerry Storm 9530

This isn’t the usually way most BlackBerry news breaks, but Engadget was able to grab an image of the eventual box design for the Verizon BlackBerry Storm 9530, previously known as the BlackBerry Thunder, shedding light on why RIM’s development teams were referring to the device as the HalleBerry.

However, considering the contentious debate that has occurred on the ‘net over the name of RIM’s first touchscreen BlackBerry, don’t think that’s the whole story. It turns out the BlackBerry Thunder namesake will be used for the eventual Vodafone and Rogers (!!) versions. That’s right, Rogers. So much for a Telus/Verizon exclusive.

Other items of note? Another World Edition phone, the Storm will come with a SIM card, as well as an 8GB MicroSD card. We’ll keep tabs on the story and see what else we can dig up.

(via Engadget)

Click here for another image of the Verizon BlackBerry Storm 9530 box design

DMTI Spatial joins BlackBerry ISV Alliance

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Location Hub

The latest to join the BlackBerry Independent Software Vendor Alliance is DMTI Spatial, a Canadian company focusing on enterprise-grade “location intelligence”. Location Hub is their web-based platform, which aims to help enterprise keep track of assets, sales, and mobile workforce. They also provide industry-specific data packs to ensure customers get mapping software tailored to their needs. Keep an eye out for some BlackBerry-side software from these guys soon.

(via MarketWire)

What goes into a Rogers bill

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Pie chart of a typical Rogers bill

With the aid of Rogers’ Q2 financial report and some trusty pie chart skills, some folks at Wireless North put together the numbers which constitute Rogers’ $75 average monthly revenue per user.

General overhead, shiny offices, salaries etc: $30
Cost of sales (Direct costs, electricity bill for those towers etc.): $7.69
Marketing (You might have seen some): $7.44
Depreciation (Infrastructure cost of the network): $6.06
Debt (interest on loans for past spectrum auctions and investments): $3.55
Profit (before taxes): $27.89

Yep, a little over a third of that monthly bill goes right into Ted’s coffers. Just a friendly reminder before anyone gets too angry at Telus or Bell for charging for incoming SMS messages.

(Wireless North via MobileSyrup)

U.S to take top spot from UK in mobile web browsing

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First place cupA recent survey by mobile billing service Bango is forecasting increased mobile browsing in the U.S which could bump the UK out of its number one spot. Last month the UK took in 19.35% of global traffic, the US had 18.88%, India 10.82%, South Africa 8.82% and Indonesia 4.08%. AdMob’s recent report corroborates the trend, claiming US ad requests grew 5.8% month over month, while UK traffic saw a -0.5% drop from June. The reason for the uptake?

“The US share of the browsing market has grown as an increasing number of phones come with bigger screens and service contracts that include unlimited internet access,” said Adam Kerr, VP of Bango North America at Bango.

(via cellular-news)

Marvell downgraded after losing contract for BlackBerry Javelin

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BlackBerry JavelinChip manufacturer Marvell saw a downgrade status rating on the stock market today from Jefferies & Co. due to losing the contract with RIM to provide parts for the upcoming BlackBerry 8900 (a.k.a Javelin) to competitor Freescale. The folks from Friedman, Billings, Ramsey & Co. didn’t see it as quite that bad of a hit to Marvell.

“Not to minimize Freescale’s successful efforts, but we still think there is plenty of room for Marvell to feed at the Blackberry trough,” [analyst Craig Berger] wrote. “We believe Marvell’s unit shipments to Research In Motion could grow by 60%-80% this year.”

RIM’s been buying from Marvell for a long time, so we’re left to wonder what spurred the change in supplier. It could be as simple as going with the lowest bidder, but maybe Freescale’s got something that Marvell doesn’t… I guess we’ll have to wait for the Javelin around late November to see if she runs any differently.

(via MarketWatch)

Updated: The Definitive BlackBerry Bold versus iPhone 3G Browser Comparison (video)

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iPhone 3G BlackBerry Bold Browser Speed test Screenshot

Update: Just got talking to a couple of our friends at RIM, who said they weren’t surprised by the results of our test. It turns out that the focus of RIM’s development for the new rendering engine in OS 4.6 was in stability, not performance, and the Waterloo crew is still working on speed optimization. What this means is that future OS updates from RIM will require additional speed tests.

While previous results had been contested, we hope to put the BlackBerry Bold versus iPhone 3G browser debate to bed. Taking some time with our brand-spanking-new Bold and QuicklyBored EIC, Kyle McInnes’ iPhone 3G, we put the two beasts through some browsing hoops to see who can get through the fastest. We tested on Wi-Fi only, 3G-only, both with and without JavaScript enabled. Sadly, our results are pretty conclusive – the iPhone’s browser is faster.

To be fair, it’s not by much – maybe a two to three second delay, depending on the site, but it’s enough to notice the difference. We’re also running on BIS, so don’t have enterprise servers doing a lot of the compression for us. The Bold’s browser is still a huge upgrade for BlackBerry, and definitely more enjoyable than what I was using on the Pearl. While we’re calling this test definitive (we ran a series of five tests using multiple sites each time), your mileage may vary – if you’ve got both devices in hand, take some time to wipe the caches and run a few tests. We’d love to hear if our results match up, and love even more to hear if they don’t.

Click here to see the iPhone 3G and BlackBerry Bold Browser speed test