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Slacker for BlackBerry Hands-on Impressions

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Slacker for BlackBerry

There are times in life when you anticipate something for so long and it fails to deliver. On the other hand, there are times when things turn out to be more than you expected. I have been using Slacker.com, the personal internet radio, on my computer for the last few months, ever since the BlackBerry application was announced at CTIA this past fall. At CES, after months of anticipation, Slacker launched their BlackBerry application for devices with OS 4.3 and above (4.5+ is best). In short, it is magnificent.

Slacker for BlackBerry videos, gallery and impressions

Orange and RIM launch the BlackBerry Curve 8900 in Romania

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BlackBerry Curve 8900

Press Release

Orange Romania and Research In Motion today launched the BlackBerry Curve 8900. In addition to exceptional phone, email, messaging, organizer, web browser and multimedia applications, the BlackBerry Curve 8900 smartphone features global connectivity support, built-in Wi-Fi and GPS, a next generation 512Mhz processor and a stunning hi-resolution display.

”We believe that in 2009 this new BlackBerry smartphone will play a significant role in the smartphone market in Romania. Customers will easily recognize the optimal combination of price, design, functionality and services. Orange smartphone sales have grown by 20% in 2008 comparing to 2007 and we are positive that launching smarpthones such as the BlackBerry Curve 8900, which combines industry leading email and Internet access services with rich multimedia capabilities, will greatly appeal to our customers,” stated Razvan Sturza, Product Manager Orange Romania.

The BlackBerry Curve 8900 is available in all Orange shops and partners’ stores in Romania. Prices range from 229 EUR to 329 EUR depending on the BlackBerry tariff plan chosen.

BlackBerry Curve 8900 features

New BlackBerry Theme: Solar Slideshow (with rotating wallpapers!)

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BlackBerry themes are great because they allow you to both spice up your BlackBerry and add a personal touch. But unless you have a few themes to rotate through, staring at the same background each day can be just as boring. Bplay has introduced a new theme to cure your BlackBerry ennui: Solar Slideshow.

Solar Slideshow is a BlackBerry theme featuring 9 different background wallpapers for each planet in our solar system (we’ll give Pluto the benefit of the doubt). Each planet will stay in your background for 30 minutes before rotating to the next – consider it an intrastellar voyage for your BlackBerry!

To download Solar Slideshow for you BlackBerry, click the link below. Make sure to say hi to Major Tom for us.

Download Solar Slideshow BlackBerry Theme

BlackBerry Bold Case-Mate Smart Skin now available

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As a Canadian, I live in a world constantly besieged by snow – cold, wet, snow (we don’t have winter up here, we just call it the White Death). Despite being made by Canadians, Canada is not the optimal environment for a BlackBerry: drop your BB at the wrong time in the wrong snowbank, and it’s game over.

Thankfully, the fine folks at Case-Mate make accessories to protect you BlackBerry from such perilous situation. They’ve just released their Smart Skin line of cases for the BlackBerry Bold, a thin but protective layer that will make sure your Bold won’t become an overpriced paperweight. The Bold Smart Skin cases come in three colors and retail for $19.95. You can check them out at the link below.

BlackBerry Bold Case-Mate Smart Skin

Turkcell and RIM launch the BlackBerry Pearl Flip in Turkey

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BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220

Press Release

The first BlackBerry smartphone to come in the popular flip form factor

Istanbul, Turkey, and Waterloo, Ontario – Turkcell and Research In Motion today announced the launch of the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 for customers in Turkey. The new BlackBerry Pearl Flip smartphone harnesses the power of the BlackBerry platform and packs a wide range of useful features into a sleek flip design. Its spacious keyboard allows easy typing and dialing and the flip design opens to a large, vibrant internal display, and provides the satisfying finality of ending a call by closing the phone. Customers will also appreciate the smartphone’s external display for previewing calendar reminders, email, text messages and phone calls at a glance.

Please visit www.turkcell.com.tr for other BlackBerry options or call +90 444 0532 for additional information.

BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 features

More Rogers BlackBerry Storm 9520 images appear

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Just after Christmas last month, we posted some internal Rogers documents showcasing the BlackBerry Storm 9520, a GSM Storm variant that will feature 3G HSDPA and Wi-Fi. It appears now that the Storm 9520 is starting to peak out into public copy, as indicated by the image above. The image, sent to us by ‘Rogers Dude’ (but not RogersDude69 for some reason) appears to be part of a marketing package, meaning the Storm 9520 can’t be that far away if its on copy being sent out to stores.

Obviously, we have no release date yet for the BlackBerry Storm 9520, but we’ll see what our friends from Rogers can do.