Monthly Archive for June, 2009Page 4 of 29

Bplay BlackBerry games and themes now 99 cents



Bplay is offering a sweet sale starting now and ending at 11:59 p.m. ET Sunday, June 28. During this sale, you can purchase any Bplay game or theme for just 99 cents.

99 cent Bplay Games:
Backgammon King

Big Kahuna Words

Brain Up

Breeders’ Cup Horse Racing


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Click through to see the full list of games and themes available for 99 cents

VoIP with PBX support coming to BlackBerry via Agito Networks


A solid VoIP solution is going to really transform the way voice is used in enterprise. The costs associated with voice are just too much, especially during peak hours. Agito Networks is looking to fill the BlackBerry enterprise VoIP void, and their technology seems promising.

Agito has added BlackBerry support to their RoamAnywhere Mobility Router which uses WiFi to deliver VoIP calling. The router is geared towards the enterprise market and looks to unify communications within the organization by having PBX support.

BlackBerry support will be available early next month, and per-user costs vary by the size of the deployment. We’ll keep you updated as this solution will be great for the SMB market in particular.


Recent survey of potential smartphone users favors iPhone



In a recent survey, forty percent of smartphone users who don’t already own an iPhone said they would switch to the Apple handset for their next purchase, nearly three times the percentage of non-Blackberry users who would switch to a BlackBerry.

The online survey was conducted May 19 to June 8, by market researcher Crowd Science and found that only 14 percent of non-Blackberry users wanted to switch to that family of devices.

There are a few problems with the nature of this survey which should be pointed out. First of all, iPhone fans have a greater presence on the Internet. A quick view of Google’s most searched terms places iPhone above BlackBerry which could mean that Apple fans are skewing these numbers. Secondly, we can’t be sure of the validity of those filling out the survey. Did they really not own a smartphone? Did the survey use geo-targeting to ensure they were in the North American market? These could all make the survey less valid.

In the end, RIM will be saturating the market with a wider variety of handsets, and therefore is better positioned to capture a larger share of the smartphone market. While you may love the new iPhone, and it is getting a lot of hype, remember that there are many types of smartphone consumers and the iPhone can’t satisfy them all. RIM on the other hand, can offer a smartphone for every user, be it the Power User and their Bold, or the introductory user and their free Pearl.



Will BlackBerry succeed in the Chinese market?


china telecom

China Telecom is reportedly in “preliminary contacts” with RIM to distribute BlackBerry devices in China. China Telecom is China’s largest fixed-line operator by subscribers.

While getting a device sold in China is a very lucrative prospect due to the vast population size of China, it may turn out to be more work than it’s worth. Some analysts are saying that the BlackBerry represents just “another handset choice,” which shouldn’t have much positive impact on China Telecom’s mobile operation. Another factor to consider is whether the BlackBerry device is a cultural fit for the Chinese.

Marvin Lo, a Daiwa Securities analyst, says the Chinese prefer short SMS communication, and a mobile email platform isn’t their preferred means of communication. “Indeed local Chinese prefer short-message service, or SMS, to email as a way of communications,” he said. “I don’t think this data-oriented device can be a big hit in China.”

I’m hoping it will be a success for RIM because the Asia Pacific market could transform RIM into a truly global organization.



Create simple websites using your BlackBerry email



A new service,, can use an email from your BlackBerry to create a website straight from your device. With, you don’t need to register an account and you can create as many web pages as you want. All you have to do is send an email to and your webpage is created automatically. is a simple and non-invasive service. Your website looks exactly like the email you send and it can serve a variety of purposes. To create your own web page, just send an email to Your email can have pretty much anything you want in it and your new web page will look just like the email you send. You will be issued a public web page, e.g., that others can view immediately. To update your web page with new content, just send an email to it, e.g.

Currently, the system does not allow for attachments, but the company has told me that if the BlackBerry community were interested in such a feature, it would be easy to implement. Is this a feature you would like to see?

This is an example of the type of website you can currently create. It took about 10-15 minutes.


2 for 1 premium BlackBerry themes for sale at Elecite



Starting today and ending tomorrow night, Elecite is throwing a great 2 for 1 sale. The buy-one-get-one-free sale applies to all Elecite themes and will only last for these two days.

To take advantage of this sale, you just add two themes to your cart and apply a discount code: “241”.