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BlackBerry Cool Roundup for the Week of February 22nd

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If I had to boil the week down to the biggest news, I’d say it’s centered around the news that Verizon is dropping a ton of older devices from their inventory. There were rumors from analysts that the Storm (probably the 9530) was going to be nixed because it wasn’t selling well and there were so many complaints about the device. Soon after the leak we saw some official looking documents saying Verizon will discontinue the Storm 9530, Curve 8330, 8830 and Pearl Flip 8230. While I like the idea of killing old devices in favor of newer ones, I just hope prices continue to come down. Hit the jump and catch up on everything that happened this week.
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Verizon to Discontinue the Storm 9530, Curve 8330, 8830 and Pearl Flip 8230

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There’s a semi-confirmed rumor that Verizon will discontinue the Storm 9530, Curve 8330, 8830 and Pearl Flip 8230. We’ve heard that the Storm is on its way out, but its news to see the Curve 8330 (America’s most popular smartphone), and the Pearl Flip, a form factor that was never really given a chance, are both gone as well. We all knew that these devices would be on their way out eventually, as carriers update their stock with the latest devices.
Are you sad to see any of these go?

MapQuest release MapQuest 4 Mobile with support for older BlackBerrys

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MapQuest have released MapQuest 4 Mobile with a ton of support for older BlackBerry devices, but a limited amount of support for newer models such as the Curve 8900, Bold 9700 and Tour. While I think more developers should support the older devices, I think MapQuest is missing out by not getting the early adopters involved.

Features include:

  • Maps – MapQuest’s detailed and friendly map style is a familiar face in the mobile world.
  • Aerial Maps – Get an eagle-eye view to orient yourself; easily available from any map.
  • Interactive Maps for Mobile Screens – MapQuest 4 Mobile uses smaller map images for mobile screens. This allows you to pan and zoom without waiting for long downloads.
  • Directions – MapQuest 4 Mobile generates the same accurate directions you’ve come to trust from MapQuest.com.
  • Search – Search for a business, either by name, or just a category. Map it, get directions or call the business with a click.
  • Traffic – Color-coded traffic flows alert you to conditions in your locale, while incident icons appear on the map to help you avoid the latest road construction or accidents along the way.
  • Find Me – MapQuest 4 Mobile uses your phone’s GPS chip to locate you, keep track of your progress along a route, or simply find your location when you are lost (if your handset is GPS enabled).
  • My Places – This new feature will allow registered My Places users on MapQuest.com to view their saved maps and routes on MapQuest 4 Mobile.

Device support includes: 8100, 8110, 8120, 8130, 8300, 8310, 8320, 8330, 8800, 8820, 8830 and 9000.

Barack Obama to get NSA top secret secure BlackBerry 8830

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Barack Obama is getting a “souped-up, high security BlackBerry for use in and around the White House and during presidential travel.” The device is a BlackBerry 8830 World Edition, with some incredible security tweaks to make sure Kim Jong Il isn’t listening in on his conversations.

Washington-based Genesis Key developed the special security software for Obama’s new 8830, called SecureVoice, which will presumably run alongside the traditional BlackBerry OS. Officials from the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), the White House Communications Agency (part of the Pentagon’s Defense Information Systems Agency), Research In Motion (RIM) and Genesis Key all collaborated on Barack Obama’s presidential BlackBerry.

The security software was designed to provide access to NSA top secret information. In order for the BlackBerry to access this information, which is the highest grade of security classification, the software was required to be incredibly robust. The software not only works on Obama’s BlackBerry, but is compatible with any 8830 or BlackBerry Curve 83xx. This does not mean it will be available to consumers, but rather it’s needed to be able to communicate with other SecureVoice enabled devices.

Don’t expect any leaked screenshots!

[Al Sacco Via]

Verizon BlackBerry 8830 OS gets an official update

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I haven’t seen an official update to the 8830 in a while but it seems Verizon has put out an official update for the BlackBerry 8830 OS. The new OS, 4.5.0.138, can be downloaded through Verizon’s BlackBerry page. I apologize to all the BlackBerry Storm owners who are still waiting to get theirs.

Download The Offical 4.5.0.138 directly from Verizon
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Deltacom Offers BlackBerry 8830 and Curve 8330 for SMBs via Simpli-Mobile

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DeltaCom, Inc., a leading provider of integrated communications services to customers in the southeastern United States, today announced that the BlackBerry 8830 World Edition and BlackBerry Curve 8330 from Research In Motion are now available to Deltacom customers as part of its Simpli-Mobile offering for small and medium sized businesses.

“The BlackBerry solution is a natural fit with our extensive portfolio of integrated technology and communications solutions, keeping Simpli-Mobile customers connected and productive,” said Lee A. Kimball, Deltacom’s Senior Vice President of Marketing. He added, “We are able to offer Deltacom Simpli-Mobile users a complete BlackBerry solution, which includes mobile service, hosted Microsoft® Exchange and POP email, so they can stay connected to their business.”

For more information, visit DeltaCom’s web site at http://www.deltacom.com.

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