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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.

Six Weeks of BlackBerry Essentials: win a BlackBerry Pearl case

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Time for the next entry in our 6 week series of contests by Griffin Technology. For 6 weeks, we’ll be giving away prize packages and all you have to do is comment. Each week’s prize package will be different and on the 6th week we’re giving away a grand prize.

The winners from last week are:

  • Puplovinpilot
  • Joe D.
  • Jay

This week, we’re giving away 3 iClears for the BlackBerry Pearl.

To win, tell us what you would like to see in the next generation of the BlackBerry Pearl.

Feel free to participate on Twitter too. Just ReTweet this story.

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Next week, we’ll announce the winners and present that week’s prize package. Next week is the Grand Prize too!

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

Top 10 selling smartphones in the US – BlackBerry dominates

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Research and consulting firm IDC have put together the top selling smartphones in the United States in the second quarter of this year. The list counts vendor sales to carriers and channels (sell-in) rather than sales to end users (sell-through). Further, these numbers are based on preliminary data; IDC will finalize its numbers at the end of this month.

RIM dominate the list holding the number 1 spot, as well as the 6th, 5th and 3rd. RIM’s device strategy, while it may frustrate developers in that it requires apps to be ported several times after development, it is definitely working from a sales perspective. In the end, RIM’s core business is to manufacture and sell smartphones, and in this regard they are clearly succeeding.

Click through for the Top 10 selling smartphones – Let the countdown begin

BlackBerry 8110 sans contract from T-Mobile for 179.99 GBP

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In order to capture a certain part of the consumer market, a device needs to be sold without a contract. Too many consumers are scared away by them and would rather pay the fees up front. Truth be told, there are a ton of ways to get out of contracts and you’re better off getting the hardware discount.

Would you really pay 180 GBP for a BlackBerry Pearl? Seems overpriced.

The T-Mobile deal includes a year’s unlimited email and internet access, but not any inclusive calls. The Orange deal charges £5 per month for email and net access, but does come at a cheaper price.

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BlackBerry Pearl data connection mystery

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Whenever he starts BlackBerry Pearl’s data connection and places the phone next to the flashlight, the flashlight blinks. The radio waves seem to be interfering with the power connection in the flashlight, but can someone tell me in more detail what is happening?

{Thanks for sending this in Peter)