Monthly Archive for October, 2008Page 3 of 28

Bell releases Q3 financial statements, client base is biggER

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Bell logo

Bell release their Q3 2008 financial statements yesterday, and the results are a little mixed, depending upon perspective. Bell increased its wireless revenue by 8.5% to $1.06 million, and increased its wireless client base by 7.1% over last year to approx. 6.5 million. Bell’s revenue also increased 1.8% to $3.8 billion. However, total gross activations were actually down 1.3% compared to last year and Bell just recently finished slashing 2,500 jobs – which could be a sign of increasing efficiency or desperately cutting costs. Here’s what George Cope, President and Chief Executive Officer of BCE and Bell Canada, had to say:

“We successfully implemented the Bell 100-day plan in the quarter, including the streamlining of our organization, the launch of our new brand, and significant investments in our customer service and broadband wireless and wireline networks. Bell is clearly moving forward as a customer-focused, competitive and cost-efficient communications company,” Mr. Cope said.

You can read Bell’s full financial release here.

BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220: where else can I buy it? (‘Cool Deals)

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BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220

So you’re interested in purchasing the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 – maybe for yourself or as a Christmas present for a loved one. But in this current economic climate, money is tight, and you’re not quite willing to purchase the Pearl Flip from T-Mobile for $150 on a 2 year contract, or from Rogers for (possibly) $150 on a 3 year contract. The BBCool crew has compiled a quick guide of other venues to purchase the Pearl Flip 8220 at a reduced price.

    Wal-Mart: America’s favorite all-in-one shop is offering the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 in both red and black for $99 on a 2 year contract after rebate, with free shipping.
    (Wal-Mart BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220)

    Best Buy: Our friends at BlackBerry News have photos today showing Best Buy offering the Pearl Flip 8220 in both red and black for as low as $79 on a 2 year contract with data plan over $59.99 or for $99 on a 2 year contract with data plan under $59.99.
    (Best Buy BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 – discount price not yet listed)

    Future Shop: We had previously told you that Future Shop was looking to sell the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 in both red and black at the magic $50 price point, and recent photos from MobileSyrup only confirmed it. Be forewarned: both models come with a 3 year contract.
    (Future Shop BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220)

    The Source: Our friends at MobileSyrup have tipped us off to a Source flyer showing the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 in black for $99 after an in-store credit. The discount requires a 3 year voice and data plan totaling $45 or more.
    (The Source BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 Flyer)

If you know of any other stores offering the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 at a discounted price, please post about it in the comments section.

Red T-Mobile BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 now available

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Red T-Mobile BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220

Coming a few short weeks after the official launch of the black Pearl Flip 8220, T-Mobile has also made its red cousin available online and in brick and mortar stores. The price is the same – $150 on a 2 year contract, after rebates – but the sexy red styling makes this Pearl Flip seem extra special. Hit the link below to visit T-Mobile’s Pearl Flip page.

Red T-Mobile BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220

Ontario might ban cellphone use while driving

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Following closely after a similar decision in the state of California, Ontario Transportation Minister Jim Bradley has proposed a new law banning cellphone use while driving.

Based upon claims that 20% of all driving accidents are caused by the use of cell phone use while driving, the law would fine citizens anywhere from $500 up to license suspension or jail time. The provinces of Quebec and Nova Scotia currently have a similar law in effect.To see a full CBC video report on the proposed law, click the video above.

To make sure no members of the BlackBerry Nation face jail time, we recommend using Vlingo 2.0 or one of the reasonably priced headsets in the BlackBerry Cool store.

Vlingo 2.0 launches today

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Vlingo 2.0

Following up quickly on their open beta last week, the fine folks at Vlingo have officially announced the release of Vlingo 2.0. Vlingo is a free and popular voice-powered application allowing users to take control of their BlackBerry without adding strain to their precious thumbs.

“We launched vlingo 1.0 for BlackBerry smartphones in June, and consumer adoption has exceeded our aggressive benchmarks,” said Dave Grannan, CEO of vlingo. “Our users have spoken more than three million times to our application, including over one million times to compose text messages with the power of their voices. This is validation of our unique approach to voice recognition, which hinges on making mobile data and applications easier to find and use. It provides clear evidence of the growing need to simplify the mobile phone user experience.”

New Vlingo 2.0 features include Facebook and Twitter status updates, full message read-back, and SureType support. You can find the full updated feature list after the jump, as well as download links for North American and UK users.

New Vlingo 2.0 features

Telus Removes BlackBerry Streaming Media Block

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More good news for Telus BlackBerry subscribers today! While you’re pressing refresh every 5 seconds waiting for the new Telus BlackBerry Storm site to load, why don’t you pass the time by watching a YouTube video on your current Telus ‘Berry?

That’s right, Telus has now removed the streaming media block for BlackBerrys, meaning that websites like m.youtube.com are now useful. Many are speculating that this unblocking is part of Telus’ BlackBerry Storm launch prep, but the reason doesn’t really matter. Streaming media!

Note: Previously there was some concern that streaming media would only work on OS 4.5 devices and above, but we can confirm OS 4.3 works as well. OS 4.2 users, you’re on your own.