There is a rumor that the BlackBerry Bold 9650, which we originally thought was going to be the Tour2 9650, will launch in May of this year. There is a lot of speculation about why RIM chose to go with the Bold 9650 versus the Tour brand, and most likely it’s because owners of the Tour 9630 would harbor some resentment that an update to their device came out so soon after they purchased their BlackBerry. To mitigate this possible PR disaster, RIM marketing have decided to go with the Bold label. It’s sort of funny how easy the general public can be misled with a simple marketing twist. Speaking of Tour devices, it also looks like a Verizon OS 5 upgrade will be coming in the next 2-3 weeks and will include PTT for an extra $5 per month.
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Rogers have launched a new One Rate Roaming plan which is going to be really beneficial for anyone who travels to the US. For an extra $10 more per month than most Rogers regular domestic data plan rates, customers can now sign up for One Rate plans which allows them to use data in the U.S. as they would at home, and have it deducted from the same data bucket.
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BlackBerry outages are a real frustration but sometimes there isn’t an outage and your data connection may be malfunctioning. With the help of the good folks at Made Simple Learning, I’ve put together some tips to help resolve your BlackBerry data connection. Use this guide when you aren’t able to use data and you haven’t seen any outage posts in the blogs.
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Recently, T-Mobile USA had to admit that they lost personal data belonging to Sidekick customers and only a small fraction of it could be recovered. The news resulted in damaging PR for the carrier, as well as tangible financial losses as they offered customers a $100 customer appreciation card, in addition to a free month of data service.
This news, while it did not affect BlackBerry users, leaves us wondering just how secure is our data? A BlackBerry can store your data, back it up to a computer, or connect to a server such as Rackspace, which can offer Microsoft Exchange storing and restoring of your data. App World adds a new dimension to our data storage as we now have a plethora of applications taking control of our data storage and restoration as well.
As applications become increasingly popular, with data being increasingly stored on the cloud, we are trusting these organizations to keep our personal data safe.
When speaking with Jasmine Noel of Ptak, Noel and Associates, it became very apparent that there doesn’t seem to be any standards associated with data storage and restoration. While carriers and third parties are increasingly taking control of our data, there is very little in the way of ensuring that your data is in good hands. It all comes down to trust, but that simply isn’t enough.
Getting a best practices and standards system could really address this issue but it isn’t easy. We want to know that if we are entrusting our data to a company, that they can be relied on to restore said data. When the Microsoft Danger servers that were charged with restoring Sidekick data failed, we found out there was no backup system in place and that the data resided on the cloud, with little ability to be restored. We could have avoided this with more transparency.
We want IT professionals to get together and understand what their back up and restore capabilities are. Do they test their processes internally? Can we see the results?
Now, some will take the opinion “if it’s important, you should never trust anyone else to hold it for you.” This is a solid argument but it’s not conducive to growing the industry. Consumers and enterprise should both be able to trust their service providers to hold data for them without having to have a redundant storage process. It’s this trust that is going to propel the smartphone industry forward, but service providers need to earn that trust.
So I put the question to you: Do you trust third parties to be able to restore your data? What proof do you have that they deserve this trust?
Avea, a carrier in Turkey, has a nationwide customer base of over 12 million. Back in February of 2009, Avea launched the BlackBerry Curve 8900 and they’ve grown their BlackBerry service considerably since.
Compared to North America, their BlackBerry data plans are incredible!
An all-you-can-eat BlackBerry data plan on Avea, costs you TRY 31.36 (TRY is the symbol for Turkish Lira) or $20.26 USD.
Compare that price with that of AT&T and Rogers. AT&T offers an all you can eat plan for $30, while Rogers offers their 5GB plan for a whopping $80.
I guess BlackBerry Cool is moving to Turkey to become BlackBerry So?ukkanl?.
Dear BlackBerry Cool, As you know, Sri Lanka has been in a state of civil war for many years now and there are thousands of civilian casualties. I work for an NGO and soon I will be flying to Sri Lanka to help with development efforts.
Before I leave, I have to figure out what to do with my Rogers BlackBerry Bold.
I spoke to 3 reps from Rogers, including a senior supervisor and got the following information:
- There is no voice or data plans/packages available for Sri Lanka
- The BlackBerry is currently on a Right Fit plan at $97.45 per month
- Cancellation of contract = $500 + charge for phone $300 = $800
- To use voice or data in SL will cost $3.50 per minute for roaming charge + $6.00 per minute to talk
I have been told by a technician that my BlackBerry is a world phone and is not locked. Could your readers help me out? Here are my options as I see them:
- Keep the phone and maintain the contract @ $97.45 plus taxes per month and pay local rates in SL.
- Cancel the contract, pay the difference for the phone and use it in SL.
- Cancel the contract and sell the phone to someone and get a regular phone in SL.
- Transfer the contract/phone to someone who will continue the payment.
World peace and happiness for all,