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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.

RIM dominates the top selling smartphones in Q3

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The BlackBerry Curve 8300 was the top selling smartphone in the US again, according to the NPD Group. RIM beat out the iPhone 3GS and 3G which came in second and third. What really drove home sales for RIM was taking the rest of the top 5 with the Tour and Storm.

NPD is saying the BOGO campaigns (Buy One Get One) were largely responsible for the Curve taking the lead, and prices for the devices are lower than ever. Globally, prepaid BlackBerry plans are driving sales, and regions such as Asia and Latin America are going to be big revenue generators for RIM.

Wal-Mart selling 21 free BlackBerry devices but beware of the conditions

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Wal-Mart has a large list of BlackBerry devices that they’re offering for free with service plan conditions. While the retail giant doesn’t supply some of the high end devices such as the Bold and Storm, it does supply every device that would be in the lower to mid range of BlackBerry devices. These devices include the Pearl, Pearl Flip, Curve 83xx, Curve 8900 and the latest Curve 8520.

A big caveat with these deals is that they almost all involve signing up for 2 years worth of services that will cost you at least $125 per month. With some smart BlackBerry usage, you can generally bring your data and voice costs down to under $100 per month. This figure is easily attainable by watching over your voice minutes carefully, and leveraging SMS and email services for communication.

That means that you are committing to a $25 premium on your contract that will need to be paid over the course of 2 years (or 24 months). By those numbers, you are getting your free device at $600, when you could have it for around $200 with a contract. Like a credit card, you are paying an incredible premium for short term benefits.

Here is a list of 21 free BlackBerry devices you can get at Wal-Mart:
Click through for a roundup of the cheapest BlackBerry devices sold at Wal-Mart

Slacker selling BlackBerry Curve devices for free with contract

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While it’s not the first time we’ve seen the BlackBerry Curve go on sale for free with a contract, it may be the first time a carrier has partnered with a BlackBerry app to give them away.

Slacker has partnered with all the major carriers to discount the Curve to free with a new contract or a contract extension.

See the Slacker page for more details about a free BlackBerry Curve from Slacker.

[Hat tip @nanpalmero]

The BlackBerry Curve saves man from deadly fall

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You may not be a fan of the BlackBerry Curve, but 52 year old David Fitzherbert sure is.

While skiing the glacier in the Matterhorn and Monterosa peaks when the snow gave way beneath him, sending him down towards the depths of the crevasse. “After 70 feet it narrowed and I became stuck like a cork in a bottle between the walls,” said Fitzherbert . “Fortunately the extra inches of the Blackberry were enough to block the fall.”

Fitzherbet said the width of his phone was enough to catch and hold him between two rocks. He broke his jaw, smashed his teeth, cracked a bone in his chest, and nearly tore his nose off. His mountain guide made a distress call, and a mountain-rescue team dug him out.

It’s too bad they don’t make an Otterbox case for the rest of your body. Those cases are strong enough to stop an avalanche no problem.

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All BlackBerry Curve devices including 8900 now FREE

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This weekend only, every BlackBerry Curve is free + Free FedEx Shipping at the BlackBerry Cool smartphone store. This deal includes the BlackBerry Curve 8900 for AT&T and T-Mobile.

This is an amazing deal and if you’re looking to buy a device, now is the time to take advantage.

Just look at what you’d be saving as an AT&T customer:

AT&T: BlackBerry Curve 8900 $149.99 – NOW FREE
AT&T: BlackBerry Curve 8320 $149.99 – NOW FREE
AT&T BlackBerry Curve 8310 $99.99 – NOW FREE

Remember, the sale is for 48 hours only!

All Carriers. All Colors. Ends June 14 at midnight. Save up to $350 now!