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BlackBerry stacked up against the competition in Consumer Reports

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Consumer ReportsThere’s already been some griping about BlackBerry’s performance in Consumer Reports‘ ’08 issue, and it might be well-justified. The BlackBerry Curve landed in 7th. place, the Pearl in 12th., the 8800 in 14th., and the 8830 in 19th. out of 20 smartphones tested. Two Treos (755p and 680), T-Mobile’s Wing, the BlackJack and the Moto Q 9m beat out the BlackBerry 8300, with the iPhone topping the list.

Basically, that means everyone who matters in smartphones did better than BlackBerry. Suprisingly, the Nokia N95 (which I had heard great things about) was down in 15th. place. The biggest thing to keep in mind before launching into a CR-hating tirade is that you really have to take these things with a grain of salt. CR’s overall scores were “based mainly on voice quality, ease of use, and talk time”, which can all vary based on user, location and carrier. I haven’t used any of the other top 5, so can’t really pass judgement. Anyone have some horror stories about the leaders, and why they might not deserve top marks?

BlackBerry Curve comes to Guam

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GuamFollowing another recent Pacific release, the tiny U.S. territory of Guam is getting the BlackBerry 8300 from GTA TeleGuam. The Curve joins the Pearl, the 8800 and the 8700 in GTA’s BlackBerry lineup, filling out the selection nicely. Man, that is one tiny island, 209 square miles – I bet the reception great.

The BlackBerry Cool Wishlist

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TreeChristmastime is rapidly approaching, and maybe that special BlackBerry-user in your life hasn’t been bought for just yet. Well, there’s still time and BBCool’s here to help you find something you know they’ll use and love. We’ve compiled a little wish-list of stuff we would personally like to see under the tree – presents we’re so sure of that we’re knocking 10% off all in-store items marked with asterix – just enter the coupon code BBHOLIDAY for your discount. I know, we’re giving y’all presents early again, but we just can’t help it.

Check the BBCool Wishlist behind the jump!

How to make and send postcards from you Curve

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PostcardThe newest addition to the Independent Software Vendors Alliance, Me Inc., is offering a free beta for their Shout Postcard service on BlackBerry. Shout Postcard makes postcards with pictures taken from your Curve or Treo, along with recorded voice notes and typed out messages, perfect for those snide “wish you were here” cards that you can send by e-mail right from the tropical beach. Now if you could send the newly-supported video clips too, you’d be set. If you’re interested in giving the beta a try, you can download it over the air at www.shoutpostcard.com/downloads/com_meinc_shout2.jad.

Indonesia gets two BlackBerrys

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IndosatOne of Indonesia’s bigger carriers, Indosat, has announced that they’ll be carrying the BlackBerry 8800 and the BlackBerry 8300. Although there are 8310s landing elsewhere, the old Curves are still a great option for carriers looking to kick-start their BlackBerry game, and provide a solid foundation to release incremental upgrades after they’ve dropped in price internationally. The 8800 and 8300 join the Pearl on Indosat’s lineup, completing the usual tri-pronged BlackBerry attack on consumer, prosumer and enterprise markets.

Three BlackBerrys coming to Jamaica

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JamaicaDigicel has opened up some BlackBerry service in Jamaica, starting with RIM’s three amigos: the BlackBerry 8100, the BlackBerry 8800, and the BlackBerry 8300. Prices are ranging from $34,995.00 for the Pearl, $39,995.00 for the Curve, and $44,995.00 for the 8800, and are available at Anbell, Ocho Rios, New Kingston, Sovereign Centre, Great George Centre in Savanna-la-Mar, Loshusan Centre, Cross Roads, Port Henderson Plaza, Montego Bay, Norman Manley International Airport, and Port Antonio. Rollout events are happening tomorrow through Thursday, with roadshows starting in Montego Bay and Kingston, so if you’re in the area, be sure to check it out!