Over the weekend Oman Mobile announced its first BlackBerrys, offering the 8100, 8700 and 8800 at launch. Emitac, RIM’s usual partner in the area, helped set up Oman Mobile with the release after bringing the 8800 to Kuwait and Uganda earlier this year. It’s interesting that the 8700 wasn’t shouldered out by the 8800; you’d think that the Curve would better round out the lineup, but having two tiers of business flavours does offer something for mass enterprise rollout as well as higher-end executive deployment.
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Kevin has had a chance to play around with OS 4.3 on the BlackBerry 8100 and found that it supports A2DP, a feature previously found only on the Curve and later Pearl models. As a guy who’s stuck listening to podcasts on the dinky mono earbud with his Pearl, I’m pretty excited about the news. With any luck the stereo Bluetooth support will also hit the 8800 whenever OS 4.3.1 becomes publicly available.
One 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.
The folks at Earthcomber, the free location-based app for mobile, have let know that they’re going to be busting out a BlackBerry client. Of course, stuff with integrated GPS is on the list, like the 8310 and 8800, but Earthcomber also sports a self-spotting function which lets you designate the city you’re in if you don’t have GPS handy. The program lets you browse through categorized services, like banks, ATMs, restaurants and lists results in order of proximity. Also, they’ve got a proximity detection service which alerts you when buddies are nearby. It’s got a clean interface, and you can’t beat free. Sadly, this is a U.S.-only thing right now, but we’ll be keeping our eye out for a Canadian release real soon.
Digicel 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!