Author: Simon Sage

Bplay sale tempts potentially productive students with BlackBerry themes and games

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Well, the school year’s barely started, and Bplay has already clenched their vicelike grip on the woefully short attention spans of the world’s BlackBerry-toting student populace. Absolutely every item they’ve got in store has had its prices cut substantially. Who knows how long the savings will stick around, so better get hopping. Not sure what to get? Here are our top five picks for themes and games. Be sure to check out their ringtone gallery, too!

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(via QuicklyBored)

Our picks for BlackBerry themes behind the jump…

Get out of school debt-free with BlackBerry

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RIM is kicking off the back-to-school season in a language that all students can understand: money. Enter to win one of 20 $1,0000 prizes, one of three $10,000 prizes and a shot at the big mamma-jamma $50,000 grand prize. A pretty sweet deal for putting your name in a hat. Go ahead and check out the contest site for more info and conditions. On top of that, the Trade-Up program is generously offering an extra $50 to students who upgrade their BlackBerry and use the coupon code “graduate”. If you’re looking to kit out a fresh BlackBerry you just bought for school, you might want to check out our top five picks for student applications. And hey, while you’re while you’re cruising for handouts, why not sign up to win a car, too?

(via BerryReview)

Peek bringing mobile e-mail back to basics

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Peek with BlackBerry Curve

Remember the days when the BlackBerry was just an e-mail pager? No phone, no GPS, no Wi-Fi, no camera, just straight-up e-mail? Things have gotten a little more complicated since then, but Peek is trying to whittle things down to the single most important service our BlackBerry provides. Seeing an e-mail-only handset with a modern layout certainly makes us BlackBerry enthusiasts wonder if we’ve strayed too far from the core functionality, or if we even need all those other bells and whistles. Sure, I’ve been plenty happy to have some of the navigation features on my BlackBerry Bold, but Scott, who managed to get a first glance at the Peek, made one very good point.

“When I talk to less technology savvy people, their number one complaint is that most products nowadays do too much. Many of them just want something that can make a phone call, or a camera that just makes photos without trying to be too cocky.”

What do you guys think? Is the BlackBerry getting too cocky? Is its complexity overwhelming the average consumer? If you’re looking for something more simple, Peek should be due out in two weeks for $99.99 at Target, and cost $19.99/month for unlimited e-mail.

(Gadling via Engadget)

Indonesia, France and Luxembourg all announce the BlackBerry Bold

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Sorry Americans, I know this stuff just makes you rip out even more clumps of hair, but the world must know that Indosat, Celcom, Bouygues, and TELE2TANGO all plan on packing the BlackBerry 9000. It might actually be a bit of a relief, as many won’t have the Bold available until mid- to late- September, which is the rumoured AT&T release date. You won’t be alone guys, just hang in there. Here are the details…

  • Indosat (Indonesia): Looking to be available around late September for Rp 8.888. Also confirms upcoming 16 GB microSDHC memory cards.
  • Celcom (Malaysia): The RM2,499 pricetag might be a hint at what Maxis will be offering the Bold for; due to land the third week of September.
  • Bouygues (France): Due mid-September, 199€ on an enterprise plan, offering a sweet 17€ unlimited everything plan.
  • TELE2TANGO (Luxembourg): Available September 9th., 390€ without subscription and from 109€ with data plan. Looks like their first ‘Berry. Grats!

(via RIM)

BlackBerry Bold to come to Mexico

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The next in a growing list of BlackBerry 9000 launches comes from Mexico’s Telcel. There’s not much showing up on their site, so no solid details on pricing, but that seems to be a common trend across plenty of carriers bringing out the Bold. Of course, we’re still waiting for AT&T to throw Americans a bone, but the latest rumours are pointing to a mid-September to early October release date. If we have any Mexican readers out there, feel free to leave a comment with any more info from your neck of the woods.

Thanks Daniel!

(via Milenio)

Video of the launch and Spanish interview with Felix Audirac, Technical Account Manager for Mexico, (including some talk about Boy Genius) behind the jump…

BIS customers now getting instant IMAP e-mail

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MailboxA quiet BlackBerry Internet Service upgrade has been rolled out that according to many is resulting in much quicker e-mail delivery over IMAP. Traditionally, only those on BlackBerry Enterprise Server would get their e-mail pushed to their handset instantly, and BIS users had to wait 10-15 minutes for delivery. Now anyone getting their BIS e-mail via servers that support IMAP IDLE will receive messages in real-time as the standard was designed to provide. It’s great to see the upgrade, especially for BIS users who have had less-than-stellar delivery times, but you have to wonder why it took so long for IMAP IDLE to be supported.

(via BlackBerry News)