Monthly Archive for January, 2009Page 2 of 16

Slacker Radio Plus Subscription Winners!


It seems that Slacker has really been a hit for the BlackBerry kids out there! We received an astounding 144 responses to Monday’s post giving away a one month subscription to Slacker Radio Plus. Due to the overwhelming response, we took a little extra time to talk to our friends over at Slacker and FortyThree to ask for more licenses. Guess what? They doubled up, so now twenty of you will be receiving a one month subscription to Slacker Radio Plus! So here are your twenty winners, congratulations!

Kevin Stephenson
Dean G.
Angie C
Chad D
Jerry H Browning

Each winner will be contacted by BlackBerryCool and/or Slacker; if not, please post a comment to let us know. Thanks to everyone who participated, and a big thanks again to Slacker and FortyThree, for helping us take care of our music junkies!


Orange UK launches Pay As You Go Blackberry


Orange UK has confirmed that the Blackberry Pearl 8120 will be available on a Pay As You Go plan. From early February, Orange will be the first operator in the UK to offer Blackberry on Pay As You Go. The handset will cost £145, and the monthly BlackBerry Internet Service will cost £5. There will also be a color exclusive to the Pearl – indigo! Depending on how this launch goes, Orange UK will consider extending the offer to other Blackberry models in the not too distant future.

Stay tuned to Orange UK’s official site for the press release tomorrow.


Gym Technik workout help for BlackBerry updated


Did you make a new year’s resolution to go to the gym more? If so, you should check out Gym Technik for BlackBerry. The app has just been upgraded and features many additions recommended by Gym Technik users. The upgrade is automatic and free so all you have to do is just login and continue using Gym Technik as normal and you will see all the new changes.
Click through to read about specific updates and changes to Gym Technik

Jim Balsillie: post-launch bugs are a “new reality” with smartphones


The WSJ is reporting that sales of the BlackBerry Storm are not as impressive as they were expecting and are blaming “clunky software” that crippled the user experience and performance at launch only to be (partially) corrected later via software updates. This is especially interesting considering that Verizon is reporting great numbers with over 1 million Storms sold on their network. WSJ sources say sold some 500,000 units in the first month following its global release. Jim Balsillie does not seem phased by these accusations and believes that the post-launch chaos to fix bugs is part of the “new reality” of making complex smartphones in large volumes.


[Via WSJ]

Verizon sells 1 million BlackBerry Storms


Verizon has done an amazing job of selling the BlackBerry Storm with over 1 million units sold between the November 21st launch and the end of January. This should be an example of how an effective Internet marketing hype campaign can really help boost sales when a device launches. During the days before the Storm, we were privy to countless “leaks” which really helped remind everyone that a cool device was on its way so save your pennies. Perhaps there were other factors at work here too.



Telus launches the BlackBerry Curve 8350i


Big news for Canadians on the Mike network. Telus yesterday launched the BlackBerry Curve 8350i, the newest iDEN BlackBerry with Push to Talk service. Telus is selling the BlackBerry Curve 8350i for $249.99 on a three-year contract or $599.99 without a contract.

“The BlackBerry Curve 8350i combines the convenience of our Mike Direct Connect Push To Talk technology and the trusted BlackBerry solution,” said Jim Senko, vice-president of Mobility Solutions at TELUS. “It’s a fantastic new addition to our extensive selection of business-ready smartphones operating on our Mike or PCS networks.”

You can find the press release after the jump, or head to for more info, but we’ll be at a Telus event today, so expect some hands-on goodness.

Continue reading ‘Telus launches the BlackBerry Curve 8350i’