Monthly Archive for September, 2008Page 2 of 14

Do you want to make a call on a plane?


Snakes on a plane

Airlines Ryanair and Emirates have both recently announced that their passengers will soon be able to make mobile calls during flights. However, a recent poll by Wanderlust Magazine shows that the majority of travelers would rather fly with snakes. Polling over 1000 readers, 76% said they would never use a mobile phone in the air and only 2% said they would use their phone regularly. Dan Linstead, Editor of Wanderlust indicates that the negative response relates to both cost and sanity:

“The message from our readers, who are all seasoned travellers, is loud and clear. Planes are one of the last sacred mobile-free havens and they want it to stay that way – let’s hope the airlines start listening… The interruption is one thing but people also need to realise that mid-air chats won’t come cheap. Emirates say the average call costs more than £2 a minute, so someone’s making quite a bit of money out of it too.”

Now, obviously, I’m sure every reader of BlackBerry Cool would love to send and receive emails during flights. Making calls is another issue, however. Would you want the ability to make a call from you BlackBerry during a flight? Or would you rather make sure your fellow passengers can’t? Post a comment and let us know.

(via CN)

Text messaging while driving banned in California, use Vlingo instead


Vlingo for BlackBerry

What the Gubernator wants, the Gubernator gets (or he’ll be back). Starting in January of 2009, citizens within the great state of California will no longer be able to text message while driving. This new law covers not only sending, but the reading and writing of text messages as well; violators will be charged $20 for the initial offense and $50 for each recurring violation. The primary motivation for the law was SkyNET

“Banning electronic text messaging while driving will keep drivers’ hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road, making our roadways a safer place for all Californians,” said Schwarzenegger.

Californians take heart, however: you can have both safety and text messaging via Vlingo, a free voice-enabled application that’s extremely easy to use! Read our review below to learn more.

Vlingo 1.1 for BlackBerry Reviewed

BlackBerry Bold to reach Japan by early 2009


Japan BlackBerry Bold

Word coming straight out of Tokyo is that RIM is looking to release the BlackBerry Bold in Japan by early 2009. While the average Japanese person has smartphones that are lightyears beyond ours, with cold fusion and laser support, RIM’s COO Donald Morrison sees a huge opportunity in the enterprise space:

“The challenge for us is to get our products localised,” he told Reuters on the sidelines of a briefing to introduce the Bold in Japan. “Once they are localised and pass the certification, the opportunity, particularly in the enterprise base, is an essentially still wide open market.”

NTT DoCoMo is already selling BlackBerry in Japan and in addition to the BlackBerry Bold, plans to almost double its smartphone line-up to 10 by next year to tap growing demand for phones with computer-like capabilities. For our friends in the land of the rising sun who just can’t wait, check out our full BlackBerry Bold review below.

The Ultimate BlackBerry Bold Review (with full device specs)
BlackBerry Bolds Around the World map

(via Reuters)

RIM places BlackBerry Storm Release in the PartnerZone (BlackBerry Bytes)


BlackBerry logoHey, with all the BlackBerry Storm news that gets ‘leaked’ each day, it’s nice to see that we’re nearing the point where RIM will officially acknowledge the BlackBerry Storm to the public. Our good friend Ronen got his hands on a RIM PartnerZone release which discusses the APIs RIM will be giving to developers to take advantage of all those neat OS 4.7 features (virtual keyboard APIs anyone?). In addition, you can see what kind of web browsing capabilities the BlackBerry Storm will be packing.

(via BerryReview)

BlackBerry Storm PartnerZone release

BlackBerry Bold coming to Best Buy October 26th for $679


BlackBerry Bold Best Buy Release

UPDATE: Berry Reporter has a blurry screenshot that shows a BlackBerry Bold price of $679.99.

Finally we have some good news for our American friends who want to stab themselves in they eye every time we add another country to the BlackBerry Bolds Around the World map (this just in: add Aruba to the list). It turns out that by October 26th, the United States will be on the map as well!

The Boy Genius has a screen shot of a Best Buy sales system showing a release date of October 26th. Typically, Best Buy receives devices a week or two after their release on AT&T, so it looks like those holding out hope for an early October AT&T BlackBerry Bold release are in luck.

Hang in there, guys and girls, we’re almost home.

(via BGR)

Possible Verizon BlackBerry Storm 9530 release date emerges


Verizon device training info

With all the information about the BlackBerry Storm 9530 that Verizon continues to push out, it’s a bit surprising that the two things we don’t know about RIM’s first touchscreen BlackBerry: it’s price and release date.

Engadget just got their hands on an Verizon internal training document that indicates employee training on the BlackBerry Storm 9530 will be completed by November 2nd, leading many to think that the earlier rumors of an early November release date are right on the money.

So I guess the big question now is how much it will cost.

‘Is RIM Okay?’ (Weekly Contest)


rim stock crash graphic

RIM’s recent financial statement makes it clear that it’s time to put things into perspective about what’s going on with our favorite company from Waterloo. The market has completely soured on RIM’s stock due to missed targets and shaky guidance for coming quarters. However, RIM CEO Jim Balsillie would tell you otherwise, stating that RIM is aggressively investing now to win later. And we can’t forget just how excited we are for upcoming BlackBerrys.

So post a comment and let us know which is the dominant RIM perspective right now: slow and steady to win the race, or financial freefall? The person who posts the best comment will receive a BlackBerry Bluetooth Stereo Gateway!!

BlackBerry Storm appears in Germany (twice!)


t-mobile blackberry 9500 on website

I’m trying to refrain from making some sort of weather related pun, but it’s hard to deny the steady pour (sigh) of BlackBerry Storm information that has been finding its way on the Internet. Today we have news for our German friends, as both the BlackBerry Storm 9530 and BlackBerry 9500 have made appearances on Vodafone and T-Mobile Germany’s websites.

Vodafone Germany has followed Verizon’s lead and posted a BlackBerry Storm 9530 signup page, where interested parties can submit their email addresses for more information.

T-Mobile Germany hasn’t been as overt in their display of BlackBerry Storm information, but it’s still there. The screen cap above shows that the BlackBerry 9500 has been added to the device model compatibility check list for the T-Mobile’s Mobile Jukebox. Whoops.

RIM stock outlook: the day after


If you’re a RIM shareholder right now, you probably feel as though you woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning. RIM’s stock opened 20 points down on the Nasdaq from its close last night at $97.53, and is now hovering around $73 per share. Checking the latest financial news today, it’s clear that this fall is reflective of myriad issues, ranging from RIM’s low Q3 forecast to the general economic climate. Here’s the best reports we’ve seen so far on the issue.

MarketWatch: Research In Motion sinks on disappointing forecast

“RIM’s business model is starting to show its pressure points. The company has become increasingly dependent on hardware sales. As a result, the timing of new product launches can have a big impact on their results,” wrote Brian Modoff of Deutsche Bank in a report, in which he cut the stock to a sell rating. “We think this trend will only worsen and their numbers are now, more than ever, dependent on a steady stream of hit products.”

Yahoo! Finance: Premarket roundup: Research in Motion

Analysts were thoroughly divided Friday about the meaning of BlackBerry maker Research in Motion Ltd.’s latest financial report, while investors united in a rush to dump the stock.

More RIM Financial News

RIM Investor Conference Call: what Jim Balsillie said


After RIM had run through the relevant Q2 financial results and Q3 guidance yesterday during their Investor Conference Call, the floor was opened up so listeners could ask RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie a variety of questions. While many today are focused upon RIM’s inability to keep down costs or hit earnings targets, I was quite intrigued by the answers as to why this had happened.

After the jump we have a breakdown of each answer Balsillie gave, from upcoming device promotion, prepaid BlackBerry data, strategic goals and new surprises.

Jim Balsillie’s comments during Investor Conference Call