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BlackBerry 8130 comes to Allstream on the cheap

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AllstreamNot to be outdone by Telus or Bell, Canada’s other CDMA carrier has announced the BlackBerry 8130 for a mere $99.99 on a three year plan. As if that weren’t savings enough, you’ll also get 4 months of unlimited data usage and half price on voice and e-mail plans. It’s not showing up on their store yet, but should pop up in the next few days. Man, what a great time to live in Manitoba. That is, until the snow hits.

Report: BlackBerry strong in face of iPhone

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iPhoneWe’ve heard it all before, but now analysts are backing up Balsillie’s big talk about the iPhone not being competition. A recent report from the NDP Group aimed at guaging Apple’s success in the mobile market has come to the conclusion that while the Treo and Sidekick suffered some converts as a result of the iPhone, the lack of enterprise e-mail kept BlackBerry users from switching. While encouraging, is that the only thing stopping the iPhone from putting a dent in RIM’s armour? Let’s say hypothetically that the iPhone gets Exchange server support – will that be enough to turn the tide? As far as carriers go, T-Mobile and Alltel lost plenty of subscribers to AT&T; the subscribers for both were three times more likely to have switched over for an iPhone.

BlackBerry 8830 comes to Alltel

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AlltelAlltel announced yesterday their release of the BlackBerry 8830 World Edition. The 8830? Really? If you’re going to be this late to the party, why not pick up something a little more recent? Even Trinidad has the BlackBerry 8300. Besides, corporate customers are probably a-o-k with the BlackBerry 8703e that Alltel is already offering. To be fair, they do have a focus on roaming, and that’s what the BlackBerry 8830 is all about. Available for $249.99 with mail-in rebate.

Press release behind the jump.