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RIM barred from bidding on Nortel assets

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This economy is providing a great deal of opportunity for companies looking to acquire technology and profitable ventures that add to the books. Nortel is a company that has been in financial dire straits for years, and they are having a bankruptcy auction on July 24th, 2009, where RIM has been barred from making bids.

Nortel’s CDMA and Long Term Evolution Access businesses are up for auction, but RIM has been told it could be qualified for bidding only if it promised not to submit offers for other Nortel assets for a period of one year. In seeking to impose this condition, Nortel and its advisors were fully aware of RIM’s desire to purchase other Nortel assets as part of a solution to retain key portions of Nortel’s business under Canadian ownership. Despite repeated efforts, Nortel, its advisors and its court-appointed monitor have rejected RIM’s repeated attempts to engage in meaningful discussions.

A preliminary review, reveals RIM would be prepared to pay in the range of US $1.1 billion for the assets. This is a great deal for Nortel, which could use the cash, and it’s a great deal for RIM, which could use the CDMA and LTE technology to improve BlackBerry devices and infrastructure.

Jim Balsillie said “RIM is extremely disappointed that Nortel’s world leading technology, the development of which has been funded in part by Canadian taxpayers, seems destined to leave Canada and that Canada’s own Export Development Corporation is preparing to help by lending $300 million to another bidder. RIM remains extremely interested in acquiring Nortel assets through a Canadian ownership solution that would serve the dual purpose of keeping key wireless technologies in Canada and extending RIM’s leadership in the research, development and distribution of leading edge wireless solutions, but RIM has found itself blocked at every turn.”

Nortel is a failing company while RIM is both profitable and a source of Canadian patriotism. At this point, we should consider government intervention to move this deal ahead.

TELUS BlackBerry Tour 9630 unlocked

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My TELUS BlackBerry Tour 9630 has been unlocked by the good folks at Cellfservices.com and it’s working smoothly. It’s still relatively expensive to get your device unlocked, but that’s just because it’s such a new device. It’s expensive being an early adopter. Unlocking your Tour costs:

Verizon BlackBerry Tour 9630 – $21.99
Telus and Bell BlackBerry Tour 9630 (0-72 hours) – $71.99

Some other unlocking prices include:

All AT&T phones except Nokias – $7.97
All Fido phones except Samsung – $9.99
All Rogers phones except iPhone and LG Neon – $9.99
Verizon Storm – $17.99
Telus and Bell Storm 1-3 weeks – $56.99
T-mobile Blackberrys – $7.97
Telus and Bell Storm Express 24-72 hours – $74.99
Verizon Tour – $21.99
Telus and Bell Tour 0-72 hours – $71.99

Get your BlackBerry unlocked at a great price.

Send longer SMS messages on CDMA devices – discounted app!

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Beyond160 allows users on CDMA networks to go beyond the 160 character limit when composing a text message. It’s been a very sought-after feature.

BlackBerry users on carrier networks such as Verizon, Sprint, Alltel, Telus, and Bell are only able to type 160 characters when composing a text message. With Beyond160, users can type as much as they want, and when they send, it will automatically split the message into multiple parts (each 160 characters) and send them in sequence. And best of all, Beyond160 messages get routed through the normal SMS Outbox with Delivery Confirmation just like the built-in app. It also works in harmony with my QuickText app if both are installed.

Purchase Beyond160 for your BlackBerry for the BBCool special introductory price of $4.99.

Use the promo code BBCBEYOND160LAUNCH for the discount, valid until Sunday, May 10th.

John Garcia resigns as President of Sprint’s CDMA division

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It seems the idea of the captain going down with the ship is lost on Mr. Garcia who has resigned from the post of President of the CDMA network division. The news came last Friday amidst constant talk about Sprint’s ever declining revenues and increasing layoffs. Keith Cowan, currently Sprint’s President of strategy and corporate development, will replace Garcia until a new permanent hire can be made.

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BlackBerry Niagara and BlackBerry Apex — CDMA BlackBerry Update!

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CDMA BlackBerry users have a history of getting the short end of the stick: fewer and later devices, generally worse battery life… etc. Based upon what BlackBerry News is reporting, CDMA BlackBerry now users have a lot more than the BlackBerry Storm to be excited about — here comes the BlackBerry Niagara and the BlackBerry Apex.

First up the BlackBerry Apex, which will be a CDMA Rev. 0 version of the Kickstart or BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220. Look for this BlackBerry to come out in 2009.

Next up is the BlackBerry Niagara, which is a slightly more complicated pickle. BlackBerry News is stating that it is a CDMA Rev. A successor to the BlackBerry 8830 rather than the CDMA counterpart to the GSM BlackBerry Javelin, which is an upgraded version of the BlackBerry Curve. Confused yet? Instead, BlackBerry News claims that the CDMA Curve update will be codenamed ‘Jupiter‘ featuring EVDO Rev. 0.

However, a quick look at one of the slides released by the Boy Genius (seen after the jump) shows that RIM is still considering the BlackBerry Javelin and Niagara in the same breath. Hopefully we’ll be able to sort out this mess of BlackBerrys sooner or later.

(via BlackBerry News)

RIM BlackBerry Niagara and BlackBerry Apex slides

OS 4.5 now available for Bell BlackBerry 8330 (BlackBerry Bytes)

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BlackBerry LogoIt looks as though Canada is finally getting some OS 4.5 love this week. Shortly after posting about Rogers making OS 4.5 available for the BlackBerry Curve 8310/8320, Power User Nan Palmero ping’d me to let me know that Bell now has OS 4.5.0.77 available as well for the BlackBerry 8330. This is great news for CDMA BlackBerry Curve users who had previously been stuck in OS 4.3 limbo. We’re checking in on availability for other CDMA BlackBerrys, but for now hit the link below to download OS 4.5:

UPDATE: While OS 4.5 is available for the BlackBerry Pearl, there is no release yet for the BlackBerry 8830 WorldPhone. Sorry!

Rogers OS 4.5 for BlackBerry 8330