Monthly Archive for July, 2009Page 2 of 26

Possible specs for BlackBerry Bold 9900 aka Pluto and Magnum 9220

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Every now and then we come across a spec sheet put together by a fairly unknown source. Today, we’re seeing the possible specs for the BlackBerry Pluto and the BlackBerry Magnum.

The BlackBerry Pluto hasn’t shown it’s face in the blogosphere yet but there are rumors of it being touchscreen QWERTY hybrid. According to these specs, it’s closer to the Onyx, and it’s a Bold replacement. The specs are a little off but that is to be expected with prerelease devices. For example, the optical trackpad isn’t listed but that is usually the last thing to be put into the device before release. The Magnum is listed as having the Bold as a predecessor, and rumors suggest the Magnum is basically an 8900 with 3G.

I’ve posted the rumored specs for both, but I’m personally really skeptical. For now, lets just use the specs as a launching pad for discussions about the upcoming devices.

What do you think about the specs as they’re presented? The expected release dates for both devices is September 2009, which is doable but really soon.

Click through for the potential specs for the BlackBerry 9900 aka Pluto and the BlackBerry Magnum 9220

Win 1 of 5 3-Month Subscriptions to Slacker Radio Plus

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Those crazy kids at Slacker are at it, again! This time we have five 3-month subscriptions to the awesome Slacker Radio Plus service to give away. Slacker Radio Plus features:

* Unlimited Skips

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Interested in winning? Slap those keys and let us know about it in the comments. The contest ends on Monday at noon CDT. Good Luck!

Note: The winners will need to register with Slacker.com, if you aren’t already registered, to get the upgrade to Radio Plus. Good luck!

BlackBerry feature requests: what do you want to see?

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While RIM releases device after device that combines form factors, we’re still waiting for them to include new features in the hardware and software. Adding these components will add to the price, but they also unlock a plethora of possibilities for developers. Lets look at some basic hardware and software features that will make the BlackBerry experience better.

Video Out: There are several smartphones on the market that support video out and it has great potential for the device. Not only can you attach peripherals to the video out such as a projector and television, but you can also have the video output interact with an application. An app that combines your device’s camera with a projector, could have Project Natal potential on a smaller scale.

Compass: The iPhone 3GS compass is a seemingly minor upgrade to the device, but again, it’s great for developers. Augmented Reality is the future of how we interact with the real world using our device and the compass makes these apps much easier to make.

Dual Touchscreen/QWERTY: A Bold-like device with a touchscreen has been rumored to be in development but we haven’t seen any proof. A dual touchscreen/QWERTY device has huge implications for the end user in terms of experience, but it also has big implications for developers. Being able to develop an application with a smooth touchscreen interface and QWERTY input is the best of both worlds.

I leave it to you BlackBerry Nation. What features would you like to see RIM implement?

Bplay themes now on sale for $2.99

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Bplay has a sale on themes today where all their themes, NFL and college excepted, are going for $2.99. Here are some of the top selling themes on sale:

iBerry 2.0 Today Plus
Studio Flowers
Saltwater
iBerry Pink Zen
Solar Slideshow
Flowers
Beaches of the World
iBerry 2.0 Today
Tranquil Garden
FlowBerry
Tinker Bell
Beachfront
Tinker Bell Pink
Tickled Pink Zen
Deep Blue 2.0

Fugazi BlackBerry theme is clean and simple

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The Fugazi theme is a simple and clean theme. There isn’t much here but I know a lot of BlackBerry users want just that. Simple 2D icons and easy to read text. If you’re looking for a theme without bells and whistles, and just simplicity, this theme is for you.

Purchase the Fugazi theme for $3.50.

How to Unlock a Sprint BlackBerry Tour 9630

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Today I received my Sprint BlackBerry Tour and it’s amazing. But, you’re not here for a review, you’re here because you want to unlock your Sprint BlackBerry Tour. Here’s what you do. Thanks to my friend at CIO.com, Al Sacco, I knew the steps to unlocking it. Fortunately, the good folks at Sprint will walk you through the process as well. Here’s what I did to unlock the SIM slot on the Sprint BlackBerry Tour.

1. Call Sprint International Support – (817) 698-4199, prompt #2
2. Ask them if they’d kindly unlock your SIM slot on your BlackBerry Tour
3. Turn off your wireless network connection on the Tour (yes, you’ll have to call from another phone)
4. Click on Options > Advanced Options > SIM Card
5. Type MEPD
6. Type MEP2
7. The representative should give you a 16-digit code
8. Thank the representative for their help
9. Reboot your phone and you’re ready to go

There you have it! It took me about 5 minutes to get my phone unlocked. I tested my Sprint BlackBerry Tour with a T-Mobile SIM card and was able to access the web, use BlackBerry Messenger and send and receive messages.

As seen on Nan Palmero | BlackBerry Power User