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Vodafone BlackBerry Storm images leak (Updated!)

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UPDATE: We’ve added some more photos of the BlackBerry Storm that have turned up on the CrackBerry Forums after the jump.

Not one to let Verizon have all the fun by themselves, the Boy Genius has posted screen captures and renders of a Vodafone branded BlackBerry Storm. Nothing much to say here other than it looks slick and I want it. Oh yes, the text-input graphics look much improved over previous screenshots we had seen.

(via BGR)

Vodafone BlackBerry Storm Screenshots

RIM stock plummeting in after hours trading

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Looks like the market didn’t take too kindly to their “Q3 and Q4 will be huge” spin on their Q2 financial numbers. RIM posted a net-income of $495.5 million, or $0.86 per share diluted, RIM missed earnings per share estimates by $0.01 and gross earnings by $20 million.

In after-hours trading, RIM’s stock has slid from $97.53 at trading close to $78.10 at the time of this writing, a drop of roughly 20 points!

We’ll see if the market recovers from the initial shock once Bold sales pick up and the BlackBerry Storm is released.

RIM Investors Conference Call (Live Blog)

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That’s right, I may be stuck in Montreal, but that won’t stop me from live blogging the heck out of RIM’s Investor Conference Call!!!

You can listen along here and read their financial numbers here.

RIM Investors live blog

RIM Reports Q2 Financial Results

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Just got our hands on the press release. Going to put it up and pull out the relevant deets afterwards.

RIM Q2 Financial Results

RIM Q2 financials round up!!

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UPDATE: MARKET REACTION TO RIM’S Q2 RESULTS

UPDATE: A SUMMARY OF JIM BALSILLIE’S COMMENTS DURING THE INVESTOR CONFERENCE CALL.

UPDATE: RIM’S STOCK PLUMMETING IN AFTER HOURS TRADING.

UPDATE: GO HERE TO READ THE COMPLETE CONFERENCE CALL LIVE BLOG

UPDATE: RIM’S Q2 FINANCIALS ARE NOW UP!!! GO HERE.

Today is a big day for RIM, which is releasing a limited Q2 financial earnings report today as soon as the market closes. We’re not very far off from the announcement, but we thought it best to round up everything the financial wonks are saying about the boys and girls from the ‘Loo today. View some key RIM Q2 financial metrics after the jump.

View RIM’s pre-Q2 expectations and key financials

BlackBerrys make fantasy sports better

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It’s interesting how some worlds and demographics can overlap so easy. For example, I am a BlackBerry fanatic, but I also live and breathe sports (go Raptors, Habs, Bears, Jays, Tottenham Hotspurs!!). Reuters has an interesting feature today on technology spurring the growth of fantasy sports, and it appears the BlackBerry is playing a significant role:

If Scott Troetel is out with friends when the Indianapolis Colts are playing, he often reaches for his Blackberry to check how running back Joseph Addai is doing. But Troetel, who is 32 and lives in Boulder, Colorado, is not particularly interested in the Colts. Addai’s performance is crucial to “Addai in the Life,” Troetel’s fantasy football team.

It should be noted that there is a lot of money being made off fantasy sports and the BlackBerry space is no exception. Who is in first place? Companies like good BBCool friend 4Info, who expects that 15% of the 500 million text messages they’ll send out this year will be to people seeking sports results to feed into their fantasy sports teams.

Question time, folks: do you love your BlackBerry and sports? If so, how do you use your BlackBerry to stay up to date on all the latest news?

(via Reuters)

Sprint sells 3,000 towers to TowerCo

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Interesting news for those closely following Sprint’s future today. Cellular-News is reporting that Sprint Nextel has completed the previously announced sale of approximately 3,080 towers to TowerCo for an estimated US$670 million in cash. The two companies have also signed a long-term leasing agreement for TowerCo to provide Sprint Nextel with wireless communications towers to support the company’s CDMA, iDEN and WiMAX networks.

“Leasing rather than owning these network facilities is a more efficient use of resources and allows us to focus more closely on our core business of providing communications services to our customers,” said Bob Azzi, Sprint senior vice president - Network Services. “This deal also gives Sprint additional liquidity and greater flexibility in managing our business.”

From an outsider’s perspective, it’s difficult to say if this is a smart move on Sprint’s part or a desperate cash grab. When the sale was first announced, BBCool reader Chris L. put it into perspective this way:

If they are desperate for the capital, its like reverse mortgaging your house. Not a good idea unless you’re almost dead.

If they aren’t desperate for the capital, then obviously this TowerCo can do it cheaper than they can. To me, that says they aren’t geared for efficiency, good organization, or any other good characteristics. Its not like outsourcing the IT or HR needs of a small company, we’re talking the bread and butter function. If 3M can outsource production of their sticky pads, it would raise serious questions about 3M’s viability.

Of course, on the optimistic side, it could mean they are rolling out LTE or WiMax or something and have it ready to go, and just don’t want to deal with their legacy network themselves anymore. Right? Please?

Thoughts, people? Is this a time for optimism about Sprint Nextel, or a sign that they’re better at selling off their business than running it?

(via CN)

RIM releases new device diagnostic for self-testing BlackBerry hardware

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RIM has just released a new Knowledge Base article detailing how to use an on-device self-diagnostic tool to test hardware issues on your BlackBerry. The video above is from our friends at BlackBerryNews using the self-diagnostic tool (on a simulator, but still) to test vibration functionality. Pretty cool, huh?

It appears as though this BlackBerry self-diagnostic works on all OS 4.2 devices and higher, including 4.3, 4.5 and 4.6. Besides the vibration function, bluetooth, audio, GPS, keyboard, trackball, LED and screen colour can all be tested.

View BlackBerry Knowledge Base Article

(via BlackBerryNews)

Flowfinity launches Flowfinity Actions 5.5 (BlackBerry Bytes)

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Flowfinity, a wireless enterprise solutions provider, announced today the launch of Flowfinity Actions 5.5, the latest version of their wireless application workflow platform. Flowfinity Actions provides point-and-click customization of enterprise applications, and version 5.5 includes such features as picture storage, search and retrieval and built-in camera integration.

Flowfinity Actions 5.5 Press Release

Bell running small business makeover contest (BlackBerry Bytes)

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Bell is holding a Small Business Makeover Contest worth $33,000 in sweet business schwag, including some BlackBerry Curve 8330s (GPS functionality unknown at this time). All you have to do is convince Bell as to why your business needs a makeover in 250 words or less. View full prize and registration details after the jump.

Bell Small Business Makeover Contest Details




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