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Rogers 3G Network Down – Today is a 2G Day

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UPDATE: Reports are coming in specifically from Ontario, Canada. Just to be clear.

We’re getting reports that the Rogers 3G network has been shotty all day and in many cases going down completely. If you’re experiencing problems, turn off your 3G connection and you should be good. We’ve heard that there was a planned BlackBerry service outage yesterday and I doubt the two are related but you never know.

Testing the 3G, 2G and WiFi download speeds on the Bold 9000

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Counting the main differences between all the BlackBerry models can be done on one hand. Screen resolution, processing speed, form factor, input, and network speed. Choosing which one is right for you is usually a pretty simple affair. If a device in the lineup doesn’t immediately call out to you as being an obvious fit, you’ve got to become more critical about the details of how you want your device to perform.

One of the bigger deciding factors is raw transmission speed. How fast can you download big emails? How quickly can you send out mission-critical data? How fast can I surf the web? It seems to be the most important factor, with the least amount of clear explanations and data to back up claims.

There is so much vague talk when it comes to the difference between 3G and 2G, while WiFi is unfairly absent in the speed breakdown.
Click through to read the results of a speed test on the Bold 9000 using 2G, WiFi and 3G

Verizon BlackBerry Curve 8530 Review

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The BlackBerry Curve 8530 is the latest update to the Curve series. It’s just like the BlackBerry Curve 8520, only with WiFi and GPS, plus a few other minor improvements.

First off, lets talk about the major improvements: 3G and WiFi. While the 8520, the GSM version of the 8530, also has WiFi, this is new for Verizon customers. We have the Storm2 with WiFi but that’s about it when it comes to BlackBerry devices on Verizon with WiFi. We’ve heard rumors that all future BlackBerrys going to Verizon will ship with WiFi, so we’re hoping the 8530 is proof that this is true.

One of the major downsides to the 8520 was that it did not have 3G and instead ran on EDGE. As we have all seen from the countless AT&T ads attacking Verizon, the network isn’t known for having voice and data at the same time, but this isn’t the case with the 8530. Personally, I don’t use this feature often, as my calls don’t last long and most of my business is done over email. It’s also not obvious to me why you would keep your friend on the phone while you navigate the web in search for whatever information you need. In any case, when you connect your device to WiFi, it establishes a new connection to RIM’s NOC, allowing you to make calls and browse the web.
Click through for more details, pics and opinion about the BlackBerry Curve 8530

AT&T starts 3G MicroCell Femtocell trial

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Originally known as an Access Point Base Station, Femtocell is a small cellular base station that uses a broadband internet connection to provide 3G connectivity. Ideal for areas with lackluster coverage such as rural, underground, or any area with otherwise bad reception. The system typically support 2 to 4 active devices at a time.

AT&T will be charging around $20 per month for unlimited calls via the 3G Microcell system and has begun a trial in the test market of Charlotte, North Carolina. Users can also buy the unit outright and pay for minutes with their pre-existing plan. Check out AT&T’s 3G MicroCell information page for more details.

BlackBerry browser comparisons – has WiFi been fixed?

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RIM has always had problems with WiFi on a BlackBerry device. When comparing a BlackBerry to the iPhone on WiFi, the iPhone makes the BlackBerry look slow and jittery. RIM recognizes that there are a lot of improvements to be made with the pan and zoom functionality on the browser, and says the issue lies on-device, and has nothing to do with the NOC.

There are 2 issues at play here:

First, the on-device RAM needs to be improved in order for pages to load faster and for the device to have a better browsing experience.

Second, the BlackBerry is too conservative with power management. RIM puts the WiFi radio to sleep too quickly in order to preserve battery life, and this affects the WiFi browsing experience.

In recent videos posted by Salomondrin, we see the the Bold 9700 browser experience on WiFi compared with 3G. While it’s not obvious if the reviewer had all the necessary criteria for a proper comparison, the two devices load at approximately the same speed. WiFi should be much faster than 3G and if they are loading at approximately the same rate, this suggests that the issues may not have been fixed on upcoming devices.

If this is not the case, RIM needs to get these videos ripped from the Internet asap. Personally, I’m expecting the WiFi issues to be resolved with the Bold 9700 and the Storm 2, rather than have to wait for the next generation of devices.

When comparing the Bold 9700 and the Storm 2 on WiFi, the Bold 9700 actually does really well. Scrolling through a page doesn’t produce the same jitters as previous devices do. This is leaving me to believe that RIM has made some advancements in making the device better on WiFi.

So I’ll leave the question to the readers.

You have seen both videos, do you think the WiFi browsing issues have been resolved?

Free 3G BlackBerry Curve 8900 and Bold theme

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RedZapper does some very nice themes and one of the more popular themes is the 3G theme. It’s available for the Bold and Curve 8900 and is based on the 3G iPhone theme by Jonathan Lundström.

Download the 3G theme for the BlackBerry Bold.

Download the 3G theme for the BlackBerry Curve 8900.