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‘Cool Deals: BlackBerry Storm shows up cheap on Amazon

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Amazon has done a great job of lowering the price on the BlackBerry Storm with a $250 instant discount. The final price is $99 with an agreement that you will not cancel or change your service within 181 days of activating the device (and also sign a two year contract, but hey). This definitely beats Verizon’s price of $199 after a $50 online rebate. So if you’re in the market for a Storm, don’t miss out on this bargain.

Super Cheap Amazon BlackBerry Storm Deal

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Zumobi Amazon.com Giveaway Winners!

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When we first announced that Zumobi had partnered with us to reward ten lucky people with a free $50 gift certificate from Amazon.com, I don’t think we were expecting such a response - man, you guys like free stuff! Unfortunately, only ten could win, but who knows, maybe we’ll do more of these in the future. For now, here are your ten winners:

Steve McBayne
Rickey Grant
Carson Yoder
Tom Webster
Richard Bolman
Steve Lundy
Sandra Mendoza
Michael Anthony
Rel Rogers
Jessica Perron

Each winner should now have been contacted by BBCool and Zumobi; if not, please post a comment to let us know. Thanks to everyone who participated, and a big thanks to Zumobi, for helping us take care of our peeps.

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Last chance on $50 Amazon gift certificate giveaway!

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Zumobi Contest

We’re wrapping up our Zumobi giveaway tonight, so head on over to our contest, drop your name and e-mail in the form, and you could win one of ten $50 gift certificates to Amazon. Haven’t heard of Zumobi? Well, they’re an up-and-coming free widget platform for your BlackBerry. Already running on Windows Mobile, Zumobi promises to bring content-filled tiles to your handheld which you navigate by zooming in and out on a four-by-four grid. Want to give it a shot? Head on over to http://get.zumobi.com/bbcool on your mobile browser to get going.

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BlackBerry 8320 deal on Amazon

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T-Mobile 8320Missed out on all the Black Friday fun? Luckily, T-Mobile’s got a deal on Amazon where you can pick up the Wi-Fi Curve for dirt cheap. As is the usual case with these Amazon sales, you’ve got a nice $250 rebate on the line if you miss a payment, change plans, or switch carriers altogether, but if you think you can handle that, and you pick up a $39.99 service plan, the BlackBerry 8320 is yours for free. Even with a cheaper plan, you can pick it up, complete with MyFaves, Wi-Fi, 2 megapixel video camera, and a full QWERTY keypad, for a scant $99.99.

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AT&T’s BlackBerry 8820 taken off of Amazon

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You might remember that hint earlier about picking up the BlackBerry 8820 from Amazon before it was fully unloaded on AT&T stores. Well, it looks like the device is nary to be found on Amazon’s catalog anymore. Did anyone manage to get their hands on one before it was pulled down? And what would prompt the retraction? Simply a stock issue? It couldn’t have been pressure from AT&T, considering they were getting a pretty sweet deal out of it all, unless of course AT&T is trying to capitalize on their own launch. Has anyone actually seen a BlackBerry 8820 in an AT&T store yet?

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BlackBerry 8820 on sale through Amazon

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If you don’t feel like waiting for AT&T’s soft launch of the BlackBerry 8820 to catch up to your store, Amazon is offering the Wi-Fi BlackBerry to US customers for $199.99. That sounds alright if you’re in a rush to get some Wi-Fi action going, but Amazon has some conditions you have to meet for 3 months in order to enjoy their subsidized cost. For one, you’ve got to pay your monthly bills. We’re presuming you were going to do that anyway, but if you miss just one, you’re liable to be forking over another $250 to Amazon. Second, you can’t disconnect from AT&T and switch over, since AT&T presumably has an exclusive on the device. Third, you can’t switch to another AT&T line of service, or drop down to a lower data plan, and finally you can’t replace your existing account with this one. Yeesh. Might as well just wait for it to hit the stores.

UPDATE: The 8820’s been taken off of Amazon’s catalogue. Mysterious, no?

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BlackBerry squeaks into top 10 eCommerce developments

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Thumbs upBlackBerry has received tenth place in The Software & Information Industry Association’s Ten Most Significant eCommerce Developments of the Last Decade. Sure, Google took the numero uno spot, but go figure. It’s Google, for crying out loud. The fact that we can put BlackBerrys on the same list as eBay and Amazon in terms of economic significance, while not hugely surprising when you sit back and think about it, still puts the importance of these devices into perspective. Russ at ZDNet notes that you can experience everything on the list shy of iTunes and open standards HTML 4.0 on your BlackBerry, which is quite true. The number seven spot, Wi-Fi, will be coming soon enough. The announcement has this to say about our favourite little handheld:

The BlackBerry makes communication instantaneous, and mobile. A comprehensive communications device creates a new mobile business culture. Giving road warriors the freedom to move to any location and maintain connectivity increases cooperation and efficiency. By having the web in the palm of your hand, Internet connected devices enable ecommerce anywhere, anytime.

You have to wonder, though… what did BlackBerry nudge down to 11th. place?

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$49.99 BlackBerry 8300 on AT&T

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Considering we’re looking at $350 up north, this is a pretty insane deal offered by Amazon. The only catch is you’re locked into getting a plan with AT&T, and if you don’t within 181 days, they’ll dock you the generous $250 rebate. If any of you hip BBCool readers are looking to get in on this, you can check it out over here.

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Jim Cramer makes RIM one of his “Four Horsemen”, should we care?

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Infamous market analyst and host of CNBC’s Mad Money, Jim Cramer, has announced his new “Four Horsemen” of technology stocks on TheStreet.com. Previously, Cramer’s four picks had been Dell, Microsoft, Intel and Cisco, but have been replaced by [tag]RIM[/tag], Apple, Google and Amazon; these four companies are now, in Cramer’s estimation the new hot stocks to watch in the technology world.

However, given Cramer’s previous statements (and illicit recommendations) that we reported on last week, the BlackBerry Cool staff wonders what value, if any, this recommendation has. Can you trust Jim Cramer? Should you trust anyone for their market recommendations? Post a comment and let us know.

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