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Fido kills off BlackBerry Connect support, other carriers should follow suit


Fido Fail

One of saddest moments of each WES for me is walking by the BlackBerry Connect booth, seeing a lone RIM employee bored out of his skull next to three non-BlackBerry devices, and awkwardly trying to avoid eye contact so I don’t have to talk to him. But then I think they must have done something to deserve the posting, like giving secrets to Boy Genius, and I walk away feeling much better.

On June 3rd, Canadian carrier Fido killed off their BlackBerry Connect package for new subscribers. Apparently this was done due to the ‘introduction of new data products’, i.e. devices that don’t need BC anyways. Current Fido customers with this option on their account are allowed to keep it as a grandfathered feature. I wonder how long it will take other carriers to do the same?

(via BlackBerry Sync)


iPhone target for BlackBerry Connect?


AppleWord has it RIM’s fishing internally for a developer familiar with Cocoa and Objective C (both Mac programming languages), which suggests that an iPhone BlackBerry Connect client may be on the way. Apple’s enterprise e-mail is still being tested, but once it rolls out, RIM could easily cash in on the iPhone’s growing popularity rather than try to butt heads with it. It would be hard to argue with a device that boasted both the smooth touch interface as well as solid BlackBerry e-mail service – the only real downside would be the unreliable virtual keyboard. Of course, the developer may just be for making a much-needed Mac version of Desktop Manager.

BlackBerry Connect now available in Africa


Hot on the heels of RIM’s big push into Africa, BlackBerry Connect has now been made available for a few companies in the region. Using the service, users will be able to connect to BIS and BES on select non-BlackBerry phones. It’s not clear exactly which providers provide access on which phones, but Safaricom and Celtel are specifically mentioned, with Celtel providing access on some Nokia E series phones.

Motorola Q 9h gets BlackBerry Connect


Q9hOne more device has joined the ranks of BlackBerry emulation: AT&T’s Motorola Q9h. What do you have to gain from signing up to BlackBerry Connect? Well, you’ve got three plans available.

*PDA Enterprise Unlimited for BlackBerry Connect – allows unlimited corporate (BlackBerry Enterprise Server) and personal (BlackBerry Internet Service) email plus web browsing and other data usage
*PDA Enterprise Unlimited for BlackBerry Connect + Tethering – allows the above services, plus using the device as a modem for your laptop
*PDA Enterprise Unlimited for BlackBerry Connect + Tethering + Cellular Video – allows the above services, plus Cellular Video service on your device

We’ll try not to judge you for leaving the BlackBerry while still clinging to the services, but no guarantees.

Sony Ericsson P1i gets BlackBerry Connect


SE P1iWe just got wind that a whole bunch of countries in Asia-Pacific will be able to get their BlackBerry jollies on the Sony Ericsson P1i. Some might snub their nose at the thought of using a stylus, let alone straying from their beloved ‘Berry, but this Sony Ericsson deal is packing a 3.2 megapixel camera which doubles as a business card scanner. Nice, but worth losing the keypad over?

AT&T’s HTC Tilt getting BlackBerry Connect


HTC KaiserBy snooping around some early documents for AT&T’s unreleased Tilt, PDAStreet has confirmed that the HTC device will support BlackBerry Connect. In terms of specs, “the quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE smartphone should support AT&T’s UMTS/HSDPA 3G data network and include GPS, a 2.8 megapixel camera, 400MHZ CPU, a Windows Mobile 6-friendly 128MB of RAM, 256MB of ROM, a microSD slot, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0, USB 2.0, and high-capacity 1500mAH battery.” Release date is sometime soon, so if you’re in the market for push e-mail and 3G, this could be an option for you. When it eventually does hit the shelves, you’ll be looking at a $500 pricetag and two-years signed away.