Monthly Archive for October, 2008

BlackBerry Developer Conference: the Interviews (BlackBerry Cool Podcast)

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The BlackBerry Cool Podcast

Ok, so we’re a little late (early?) with this edition of The BlackBerry Cool Podcast. Blame the Blackberry Developer Conference – the sunny weather and good times left us pretty unreceptive to Ottawa’s dreary climate, making doing any sort of work quite difficult.

We’ve been thinking quite a bit about BBDC this past week, because it was such a clear marker of the sea change currently underway in the BlackBerry ecosystem. There is so much energy coming from RIM and BlackBerry developers right now. The amount of cool applications displayed during the BlackBerry Cool 15, the BBDC Keynote, or by enthusiastic developers with BlackBerrys in hand was mind-boggling. If you weren’t there yourself, you wouldn’t believe BlackBerrys could do these things. I’m sure with the new APIs and tools being released by RIM, the software we see at WES will be even better.

To that end, this week’s entire podcast is dedicated to the people that help make BBDC worthwhile: developers and the VC’s that fund them.

Beth Marcus, Zeemote
Evgeny Lebanidze, BeamBerry
Peter Werry, Multiplied (Poynt)
Robert Kao, SmrtGuard (PeeKaWho)
Rick Segal, BlackBerry Partners Fund

Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get anyone from BlackBerry Cool 15 winner Nobex on the podcast (they were too busy cashing their 150,000 cheque), but we’ll have them on next week. Downloading/streaming options for the BlackBerry Cool Podcast can be found after the jump, as well as links to all the relevant news stories. Enjoy!

Special thanks to BlackBerry Cool Podcast sponsor, Rove Mobile, and BBDC coverage sponsor, bitHeads!

BlackBerry Developer Conference Key News

Rogers BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 arrives November 4th

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Rogers BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220

We already told you how much the Rogers BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 is going to cost, and now we can tell you the official release date: November 4th. We just received an email directly from Rogers with the news.

I wonder if Rogers will sell as many Pearl Flips as AT&T is hoping to sell BlackBerry Bolds on the 4th?

Sprint BlackBerry Curve 8350i pricing revealed, it’s dirt cheap

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BlackBerry Curve 8350i

A member of the BlackBerry Nation close to Sprint has sent us the pricing for the nascent BlackBerry Curve 8350i. The BlackBerry Curve 8350i is RIM’s first iDEN BlackBerry in recent memory, and comes with Wi-Fi and push-to-talk capability. Our friend tells us that the soon to be released BlackBerry will be priced at $479.99 straight up and $249.99 with a 2 year contract BEFORE a $100 mail-in rebate, leaving you with a dirt-cheap $150 iDEN BlackBerry when all is said and done.

The pricing hasn’t been placed on Sprint’s 8350i sign up page yet, but we’d expect more ‘official’ release information soon.

Thanks for the tip, Mike!

Vodafone releases BlackBerry Storm pricing

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Vodafone BlackBerry Storm Pricing

Vodafone has placed official pricing for the BlackBerry Storm 9500 up on their website. For members of the BlackBerry Nation in North America, the pricing scheme may seem a little unfamiliar. For example, pricing falls into three categories based upon the length of contract (1 year, 18 months, 2 years) with device cost ranging from free (!) to £500 based upon your monthly payment.

You can see the full pricing information at the link below (it’s just to long and varied to easily reproduce). I hope one day North American carriers will introduce a similar pricing scheme. Variety is the spice of life!

Vodafone BlackBerry Storm payment plans

(thanks to SingStar for the tip!)

Multiple BlackBerry Curve 8900 reviews released

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BlackBerry Curve 8900

The BlackBerry Curve 8900 seems to be making a few appearances in the New York region, lately, as both BGR and Gizmodo have posted hands-on impressions of what was formerly known as the BlackBerry Javelin.

Nothing is revealed in the two impressions posts that we haven’t heard before, but it’s exciting that both sites were so positive on the device. It seems as though the Curve 8900 is a worthy successor to its forefather. We’ve posted the most interesting bits from both impressions after the jump for your perusal. Enjoy.

BlackBerry Curve 8900 hands-on impressions

Sprint to keep iDEN network

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BlackBerry 8350iInteresting news for those that have been following Sprint’s recent troubles, or are simply awaiting the release of the BlackBerry 8350i. Yesterday, Sprint released a statement explaining that they will keep their customer-losing iDen network after efforts to sell it failed, outlining plans to rejuvenate the languishing Nextel brand.

“I don’t believe you can turn around Sprint Nextel without at least stabilizing the iDen network. Reaffirming their commitment could in and of itself certainly improve trends,” said Stifel Nicolaus analyst Chris King, noting that some iDen business customers may have been worried about the prospect of a sale.

Sprint also made a separate announcement yesterday, stating that the FCC had given it a waiver regarding its obligation to stop using certain airwaves where the iDen network risks interfering with public safety networks. Hopefully greater network coverage and a new BlackBerry in the 8350i will help Sprint turn things around.

|via Reuters|