As noted earlier, there were rumblings of EVDO Rev. A sweeping the Great White North, and now Telus has confirmed that Alberta, British Columbia and Quebec have all been covered, supposedly blanketing 60% of Canadians in high-speed service. In terms of BlackBerry users, anyone hooked up with the BlackBerry 8830 released by Telus late last month should keep an eye out on an upcoming software update to get their Rev. A groove on. For a full coverage list, take a look at Telus’ site.
Pipeline Data has announced that its Aircharge system is now compatible with a range of BlackBerry devices. The AirPro service lets you make over the air credit card transactions using a BlackBerry 8300, 8800, 8700, 8100, 7780, 7290, 7280, 7130 or a 7100. Right now, it’s only available on Dobson Cellular, but since AT&T’s going to be picking it up, anyone else under the AT&T umbrella shouldn’t have any issues signing up once the deal goes through. I guess until near-field wireless transactions get ironed out, we’ll have to do it the old-fashioned way. That is, if you can call taking someone’s piece of plastic, translating its magnetic strip into a signal which is emitted into the sky, received by giant towers, and transmitted to a multinational corporation which temporarily supplies funds for goods and services old-fashioned.
For any hardcore, BlackBerry-totin’ golfers out there, you might want to look into IntelliGolf’s recently-released Eagle Edition for BlackBerry. BlackBerrys and golf both rate pretty high on the fancy-pants-o-meter, so it’s high time they start working together. IntelliGolf can help you keep score, measure distances, track stats and wagers, and a whole bunch of other functions that are handy on the fairway. The software supports the BlackBerry 7100-series, 7700-series, 8100-series, 8300-series, 8700-series, and 8800-series. Features include:
* Shot tracking
* Satellite GPS
* Sidegame wagers (35+)
* Statistics and graphs (250+)
* Signature courses (23,000+), and
* Sharing of information between handhelds.
It’s $59.95 for the software, which is probably peanuts compared to your golf club membership dues.