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BlackBerry Torch 9800 Gets OS 6.0.0.246 Update for All Major Carriers

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Fairly recently, TELUS, Rogers and AT&T have all released an updated OS 6.0.0.246 for the BlackBerry Torch. The Torch, while it’s a really cool BlackBerry, comes with some new software that isn’t completely ready. The first iteration, 6.0.0.141, had some pretty serious bugs in it, including glitches in the scrolling and sometimes critical screen failures. The latest update is pretty massive, 177.78MB from TELUS, and hopefully it comes with some serious improvements.
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AT&T Introduces the BlackBerry Curve 3G and the Pearl 3G

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AT&T has expanded its BlackBerry offerings with the introduction of two 3G BlackBerry devices, the BlackBerry Curve 3G and BlackBerry Pearl 3G.

The BlackBerry Curve 3G will be available in stores and online for $99.99 (no rebate required) before the holidays. The BlackBerry Pearl 3G (model 9100) will be available for $149.99 (no rebate required) beginning October 17.

For reference, a press release detailing the introduction of these devices can be found here.

Analyst Claims Torch Sales Had No Meaningful Impact on AT&T Revenue

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A Pacific Crest analyst James Faucette claims that the BlackBerry Torch failed to make any significant impact on revenue between RIM and AT&T. In a research note he wrote: “We believe that the Torch has settled into a stable sell-through level while not meaningfully affecting BlackBerry’s overall revenue with AT&T despite rising average selling prices.

Pacific Crest claims that the Torch has cannibalized a substantial portion of Bold sales, and those who are still purchasing a Bold are doing so because of a preference for OS 5. To cap off a poor review of RIM’s device sales, Faucette writes: “We believe RIM is entering into a downward margin spiral.”
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BlackBerry Torch 9800 Review: BlackBerry 6, Touchscreen, Keyboard and More

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The BlackBerry Torch has been in the office for a couple of weeks now and we’ve had a long time to think about some of the intricacies of using this device for both business and pleasure. The Torch is the first BlackBerry to feature BlackBerry 6, a touchscreen and a QWERTY keyboard and RIM employees have been quoted saying it’s the best BlackBerry to date. Touchscreen devices are likely a sensitive issue with RIM as the company has had a lot of negative press over the BlackBerry Storm. The Torch has a touchscreen that has dropped the infamous SurePress technology and there is a lot of buzz about this device given the heated consumer smartphone competition. Have these improvements made it the best BlackBerry to date? Lets take a long, hard look at this device (that’s what she said).
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BlackBerry Torch 9800 is the Number 1 Bestseller on Amazon.com

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Even though Goldman Sachs called the BlackBerry Torch 9800 launch “underwhelming”, it turns out the device is still the number 1 selling cell phone on Amazon.com. Reports say that 150,000 units were sold in the opening weekend but it’s not clear if that includes online sales. Amazon currently has the Torch on sale for $99.99 with a new service plan and a lot of users probably grabbed the device at that price after having done a little research.

Do you own a Torch? Where did you pick it up?

AT&T Developer Webcast Slides Show Upcoming Widget Updates

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Jason sent us a link to a post he wrote up that includes a few slides from an AT&T developer webcast. The slides show some of the updates coming to the BlackBerry Widget SDK 1.1 as well as the web plug-ins (Eclipse and Visual Studio) which will be updated to version 2.5.

Widgets are being pushed very heavily in BlackBerry 6 and we’re going to see a great deal of news in the coming months about them. RIM is looking to attract web developers to the platform in order to address the issues that BlackBerry is a difficult platform to develop for and the need for more apps. Widgets will be essentially web apps, wrapped in a COD file so they can be loaded to a BlackBerry. More slides after the jump.
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