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.
Have you folks have heard of BlackBerry’s Trade Up Program? If you’ve got anything older than a BlackBerry 7780, you can get some credit on an upgrade to a newer device. It’s a little snakey how they consider “earning market value on your BlackBerry” is $50 off another purchase, but I imagine something like this cuts down on e-waste. On top of that, RIM’s willing to offer upwards of $200 bucks off for any Palm users switching over. Jeez RIM, way to kick Palm while they’re down.