Monthly Archive for September, 2009Page 2 of 12

Deal of the Day: MemoryUp Professional, 40% off

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MemoryUp Pro is a powerful BlackBerry RAM boosting tool and Java virtual machine (JVM) management application specially designed for BlackBerry users. It is a handy memory optimizer tool that will keep your BlackBerry running faster and efficiently. It increases your BlackBerry performance by making more memory available for both your applications and the BlackBerry system.

Get MemoryUp Pro for $9.99 until September 30th, that’s 40% off!

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Citysearch For BlackBerry Updated – Includes Calendar/Email Integration And Twitter Functionality

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Citysearch is a leading online lifestyle guide with up to date info on businesses, from restaurants and spas, to hotels and retail. Mobile by Citysearch has been updated to include access to over 15M business listings and trusted Citysearch editorial recommendations which list more than 75,000 US neighborhoods.

The new version gives users access to over 15M business listings and trusted Citysearch editorial recommendations and lists across more than 75,000 US neighborhoods. It is one of the only applications of its kind that offers relevant information at the neighborhood level nationwide. Mobile by Citysearch is one of the only location-based applications for BlackBerry smartphones to enable users to post real-time business reviews on the go, instantly sharing their favorite restaurants, boutiques, bars, salons and more. New features added to the Mobile by Citysearch application include calendar and email integration and Twitter functionality that enables users to tweet reviews and tips to followers instantly.

For more info and to download this app visit the CitySearch for BlackBerry site.

Via Mauricio from BlackBerryRocks.com

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IBM Announces Fixed-Cost BES Solutions

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IBM has been offering BES solutions for businesses, including management and support, but until now it has had no standard pricing, according to Dan Papes, vice president of IBM Mobile Enterprise Services. That’s changed however and businesses now know up front just how much they’re going to pay per user.

The services offered by IBM include system management, secondary end-user support, integration with corporate back-end systems, and monitoring services. Depending of course on the type of support needed, businesses should expect to pay between $15-18 a month, per user. Papes says he believes this will reduce the overall cost of ownership of the service from 15-30% for most businesses. “They look at deploying another 5,000 BlackBerrys to their field force and they’re not sure what it costs them. We can tell them what it will cost,” Papes said.

Check out the full article at InfoWorld.com.

Via MStrawder from PinStack.com

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Deal of the Day: BerryBuzz 2.1 for Half Price

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BerryBuzz from Bellshare GmbH is on sale today for $2.97 (originally $5.95). BerryBuzz customizes the LED alerts well beyond the default alerts in a BlackBerry — letting you change the LED colors on Email, SMS, Calendard Alerts, missed calls, and incoming calls. This app is also compatible with the BlackBerry Tour so you can customize your new device. The Disco LED setting alone for phone calls makes this app a bargain at twice the price!

Purchase BerryBuzz from Bellshare GmbH for $2.97 (originally $5.95)

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AddOnis: The Ultimate BlackBerry Configuration App

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AddOnis (formerly BerryAddon) is the ultimate BlackBerry tweaking/configuration utility that allows to to control some of the finer functions of your device. The Twinkler software team has managed to combine the utility of 5-8 separate apps that would normally cost $50.00 - $60.00 dollars, and did it all in less than 80k of memory. It is normally priced at $9.95, but through September 30th it’s only $7.47. That’s 25% off!

Here’s a shortened list of features:

-After hang-up, the user is prompted to add new number to Addressbook or to update existing contact.
-Log incoming calls and outgoing calls to the Calendar, user can select different calendars and choose to log these events as private.
-In-Call notification at user defined periods during calls, the notification type can be set to Vibrate.
-Blocked Call Log shows complete list of rejected calls.
-Support for Autolock or Autostandby modes.
-Configurable options to disable Autolock /Autostandby when connected to USB or on a call.
-Autolock /Autostandby can be automatically disabled by a user defined program list so that when a specific program is running in the foreground the feature is disabled.
-Configurable to Autolock / Autostandby device only when device homescreen is displayed.
-SMS Signature, allows adding SMS signature automatically when sending SMS
-Insert Emoticons into SMS/MMS/Email/PIN Message, these Emoticons can be easily customized.
-Send call log to Addressbook to create new contact or update existing contact.
-Allow user to choose Addressbook field to insert number into when adding new number or updating existing contact from number in Call Log (Home, Work, etc.)
-Send Call Log to Calendar to create event, Tasks to create task, or Memopad to create memo.
-Send Call Log to number lookup engine to reverse search number information.
-Send SMS/Email/PIN Messages to Addressbook to create new contact or update existing contact.
-Send SMS/Email/PIN Messages to Calendar to create event, Tasks to create task, or Memopad to create memo.
-Send event to Tasks to create task.
-Send task to Calendar to create event.
-Open UTF8 format text documents in Memopad, and send memo to Calendar/Task/SMS/Email.
-Send Contact to Call Firewall Blacklist/Whitelist.
-Insert contact information into SMS/MMS/Email/PIN Message.

To buy AddOnis for the sale price of $7.47, or to view a more complete list of what this little app can do, check out AddOnis at the BlackBerryCool Store.

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BlackBerry Bluetooth Headset coming soon

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RIM has announced a new Bluetooth Headset for BlackBerry. Dubbed the HS-500, this first-party accessory is engineered to work seamlessly with your BlackBerry Smartphone.

“Get the freedom of hands-free calling with the easy-to-use BlackBerry® Wireless Headset HS-500. With the simple touch of a button, you can answer, end, and mute calls, or activate voice dialing, even while you’re juggling your keys and coffee in the morning. Plus, the volume automatically adjusts and background noise is reduced, so your calls and turn-by-turn directions can be heard loud and clear in noisy environments. With the quality and performance you expect from a BlackBerry® product, the BlackBerry Wireless Headset HS-500 fits your life so you can hit the road with confidence.”

Features include:
-Call control button: control calling features like, answer, end, mute and voice activated dialing with the press of a button
-Automatic volume control and noise cancelation: hear and be heard loud and clear in noisy environments
-Works with selected third-party GPS mapping applications: listen to turn-by-turn directions

Check out the details or sign up to get emails about this product at the BlackBerry Accessory Store.

Read about the current crop of advanced third-party Bluetooth headsets at PhoneArena.com

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Free Vringo video ringtone app beta now for Tour and 8900 Curve

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Vringo is a video ringtone service for your mobile device that includes a social component so you can share your favorite videos with friends. When their beta launched this August they had support for only the Bold. Now Tour and 8900 Curve users try out their fully functional social and visual ringtone application.

The service provides a large catalog of free video ringtones and it also lets you turn your own videos into a video ringtone format.

Try the free Vringo video ringtone beta on your Bold, Tour, and Curve 8900.

To make and edit your own video ringtones, check out Vringo Studio.

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BIS 2.8 upgrade for Europe on the 26th of September

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There will be a planned BIS outage across europe to upgrade services. The outage will occur from 2am to 6am British Summer Time and is not expected to take longer than a couple of hours.

“There is a planned outage within the European BlackBerry network scheduled for the 26th September within the time window of 0200 and 0600 BST.  RIM expect the duration of the outage to be no more than 2 hours.
This outage will result in the loss of BlackBerry data services, and end users may be unable to send and receive BlackBerry messages. If you have any queries relating to this fault, please contact the BlackBerry support team by replying to this email or calling on the usual telephone number, quoting Case Reference  5424003.”
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RIM 2nd Quarter Fiscal 2010 Financial Results Overview

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RIM’s 2nd quarter fiscal 2010 financial results conference call began at the close of the markets, at 5pm, Thursday, September 24th, 2009.

Before we begin a breakdown of RIM’s 2nd quarter fiscal 2010 financial results, there are a few BlackBerry Cool articles worth reading:

Rearch in Motion’s 1st Quarter Fiscal 2010 conference call

Lessons for App World - Keep your Market Open For Developers

App Store Numbers are Deceptive - Beware of Bulk Apps RIM

Improving the App World Experience

RIM vs Carriers - Balsillie and Lazaridis Strategies to Push App World

The reason these links are important is because RIM talked a lot about how BlackBerry is becoming “mainstream.” This is because RIM is seeing a tremendous growth in the consumer market. It’s not that the enterprise market is shrinking, but that the consumer market growth is so large, it is basically overwhelming the enterprise market.

As per usual, Jim Balsillie took the call and updated investors on the 2nd quarter for the fiscal year ending 2010. Revenue was very strong at 3.5 billion, up 37% from last year.

This quarter saw 2 new smartphones introduced to the market, the BlackBerry Tour 9630 and the BlackBerry Curve 8520. While the Tour was an important addition to the BlackBerry lineup, it was not the focal point of the conference call. The BlackBerry Curve 8520 was the center of attention during this quarter’s report.

Net subscribers for the 2nd quarter were at the lower end due to the nature of the devices released. The Tour in particular is an upgrade device and not necessarily a device that brings new subscribers. The 8520, on the other hand, is the ultimate device for bringing in new BlackBerry subscribers. The device appeals to consumers as well as international users, due to the low price point. BIS users have steadily increased, and RIM’s customer base is seeing over 80% come from non-enterprise subscribers.

This doesn’t mean that RIM has forgotten about enterprise users. Keep in mind that enterprise is what provides RIM with a competitive advantage and while consumer may become a larger share of revenue, enterprise is still crucial to the brand. The BlackBerry MVS system as well as some upcoming enterprise features will help stimulate a steady growth in enterprise users.

One of the more interesting discussion points surround this conference call was the focus on the international component of RIM’s business. About 1/3 of RIM’s new subscribers were located outside of North America. With 9.2 million devices expected to ship in the 3rd quarter, this will likely come from North America as these devices are in the higher end of the price and feature spectrum. On the other hand, this figure of 9.2 million will become significantly increased in future quarters when RIM launches more low end devices that appeal to an international market.

ASP, or average sale price, is another focus of RIM’s conference call. Many of the investors who called in with questions wanted to know more about this. RIM continues to lower the ASP while marketing campaigns and great partnerships with carriers further lowers the cost of owning a BlackBerry. Jim Balsillie hinted towards some upcoming “integrated marketing campaigns” which sounds interesting, but is too vague to comment on.

As previously mentioned, the Curve 8520 was the focal point of this conference call. The Curve 8520 for GSM networks is the first with the touchpad and is the first BlackBerry to offer the standard BlackBerry services at a pricing point that is more “international.” In Europe and Latin America, the 8520 has seen incredible sales because its pricing point makes it competitive in local markets. Latin America has seen double digit growth!

The 8520 exposes the new face of RIM which is an international company. More so than any other quarter or year, RIM is seeing sales of BlackBerry devices all over the world. Countries such as Indonesia, Thailand, Venezuela and Mexico, are all purchasing the 8520, the affordable BlackBerry.

Not only is the 8520 exposing an international side of RIM, but it also brings to light the fact that RIM is becoming increasingly a consumer smartphone manufacturer. As the smarpthone industry progresses, we’re seeing the line blur between enterprise and consumer, and a device that has been traditionally meant for business users, is now a device for the average user.

Back to School promotions were very effective due to this shift. Back to School during this fiscal quarter have been the most successful yet. In France, 3 carriers had a special rate plan and a lower pricing point for the 8520, making it more attractive for a larger market. Students are a real opportunity within the consumer market, and RIM is reaping the rewards of this consumer/enterprise split.

We can all agree that a smartphone is nothing without a solid developer community. RIM knows this and has invested heavily in their developer community. It seems RIM believes web application development is the future of smartphone applications, and the developer community is being given tools and resources to help further this type of development. According to Jim, web application development brings together the best of Java and the best web development.

In terms of popular applications, social media is on top. BlackBerry users have downloaded over 20 million social network type applications including MySpace and Facebook. Second in line came radio applications such as Slacker and Pandora, which have seen over 7 million downloads.

The news about the Torch Mobile acquisition was minimal, and RIM only mentioned that the acquisition would be beneficial for developers and provide a platform that was on par with the market. Something that has not been mentioned, is that RIM has bought into the development of Webkit. By purchasing Torch Mobile, RIM now owns developers who are part of the core contributors to the open source technology that drives much of the smartphone web browsing technology. If they wanted to, RIM could leverage these contributors to insert code into the open source platform that was beneficial to the BlackBerry platform, but not necessarily to the other smarpthones. This is purely conjecture on the part of BlackBerryCool.com and was not part of the conference call.

We’ll bring you more on the questions posed after the RIM 2nd quarter fiscal 2010 conference call soon. Feel free to comment your thoughts and opinions about RIM’s situation in the 2nd quarter, and we’ll discuss.

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WorldMate Live goes 3.0 with new location aware features

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WorldMate Live is a must have application for any traveler. It takes the stress away from managing itineraries, converting currencies and staying on top of meetings while in a foreign country.

WorldMate Live 3.0 has just been released and they have added some great features to their essential travel tool.

WorldMate Live is a free application with premium services available to Gold level members. With the free membership, you get the WorldMate Live Outlook Add-In, WorldMate Live Website services including itinerary management, world clocks, weather, currency converter, and a world map.

One of the best new features includes location based services from Yelp. Now WoldMate can find you great restaurants, shopping venues and nightlife including ratings and reviews powered by Yelp.

Another feature with 3.0 includes the ability to automatically add rail bookings to your itineraries. This feature is great for those traveling Europe, as it’s the easiest way to travel between countries. Now you can forward your bookings on Amtrak, Eurostar, TheTrainLine and other popular long-distance rail providers and automatically have them added to your itinerary.

Purchase a year’s subscription of WorldMate Live 3.0 for $99.95 or on a free trial. If you’re already a Gold Member, upgrade now.

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