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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

BlackBerry Thunder Update: tons of network support, no hope for N.A. unlocking

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The Boy Genius continues to filter through the black swamp of tech rumors to deliver us the goods, this time with an update for the BlackBerry Thunder, the exclusive touch screen BlackBerry for Verizon he broke news of during WES.

A few things stand out: first, the Thunder will not have an external microSD slot, meaning you’re going to have to pop the battery to access it, as if it were a BlackBerry Curve. Once you’ve popped that battery, however, you’ll see a SIM card sitting next to it. BG has also heard that the BlackBerry will support CDMA 1x, EV-DO, GSM, GPRS, EDGE, UMTS and HSPA, making it a very slick hybrid device. Of course, North American readers can forget about unlocking it for use on, say, AT&T: like the BlackBerry 8830, the Thunder will only use CDMA coverage while inside the great US of A — which doesn’t matter much seeing as the BlackBerry will only support the international 900/1800MHz bands with 2100MHz WCDMA band anyways.

BG is still saying Q3 release this year for the Thunder. We keep you in the know as more information develops.

(via Boy Genius Report)

First Real BlackBerry Thunder Pic, Boy Genius Spot On

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BG has done it again, leaking another exclusive picture of a nascent BlackBerry. This time, it’s the BlackBerry Thunder, which Boy Genius tells us is a dual mode (EV-DO Rev. C and GSM HSPA for international travel) touchscreen BlackBerry coming exclusively to Verizon Q3 of this year. Although it’s a mock-up, BG wouldn’t post it unless it was legit. Also, surprise surpise, it looks exactly like the one BG furnished when he originally broke the story during WES — it’s almost like he knew.

Post a comment and tell us what you think of the words touchscreen and BlackBerry being wrapped together in one nice, neat little package.

(via BoyGenius Report)

Weekly Contest: ‘Why do you want 3G?’

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The BlackBerry Bold is coming (someday. Sigh.) All the latest rumors seem to indicate that a 3G iPhone could be announced as early as next Monday. But the question remains: why do you want 3G?

Is it for faster web-browsing? Multiplayer gaming? MP3 and other media downloads? Because EDGE’s 2.5G seems so 2005? Post a comment and let us know how a 3G BlackBerry is going to change your life, and if it gives you pause for concern in any way. For example, while an entirely different technology than what will be in the Bold, my EV-DO BlackBerry 8330 is balls for battery life. Do you believe RIM’s battery life assurances?

Post a comment and let us know. The person with the best answer will receive a FREE COPY OF MAGMIC’S THK3: CONNECTED and a slick BLACKBERRY COOL TEE SHIRT, just because we like you so much.

Last Week’s Winner after the jump

CDMA WorldWide: 450 million served

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The CDMA Development Group (CDG) announced new numbers on worldwide CDMA growth. Pushed by strong Q1 growth, CDMA subscribers worldwide have now reached 451 million, a 17% increase. While Europe, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific regions saw their biggest growth in CDMA2000, CDMA2000 1xEV-DO was king in the Americas (shout out to our boys at Telus!). 1xEV-DO now accounts for approximately 22% of worldwide CDMA subscribers.

These numbers sound gaudy, but remember that GSM has GDMA beat by, oh, 2 billion subscribers. That’s a lot of catching up to do.

Click here for more worldwide CDMA metrics

Touchscreen BlackBerry codenamed Thunder?

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TouchBwuh? No tactile keypad, just four buttons and a bigass touchscreen? The patents don’t lie for a change, and a recent interview with co-CEO Jim Balsillie would indicate that a touchscreen is in RIM’s potential future. It’s supposedly going to be a dual-mode device (EV-DO rev. C, and HSPA) and launching internationally, exclusively on Verizon and Vodafone. Now, this thing is still in its extremely early stages, so plenty can change, but still an exciting prospect, especially considering BG is probably at WES talking to someone who knows a thing or two about the project.

Sprint’s BlackBerry 8330 due tomorrow? How’s that price?

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If Alltel and Verizon weren’t getting you to bite, we’ve been getting reports from all over the BlackBerry Cool Nation that Sprint’s BlackBerry 8330 should be available tomorrow, May 9th., for $179.99 on a two year plan and after rebates. Considering that Verizon and Alltell are offering the same device (GPS, stereo bluetooth, EV-DO) for $219.99 and $229.99, respectively, it seems as though showing up late to the party isn’t such a bad deal after all. Don’t even get us started on the Canadian carriers.

Post a comment and let us know which carrier you feel is winning the BlackBerry 8330 war. Full CDMA Curve device specs available after the jump. Thanks to Randy and the rest who tipped us off.

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QuickPlay launches free VideoStreams

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QuickPlay, the guys who do cool streaming audio and video players for BlackBerry, have released a new free one called VideoStreams for the BlackBerry 8130. The new software, available from www.videoforblackberry.com on your mobile browser, depends on streaming video support, EVDO availability, being in North America and having a forgiving data plan. QuickPlay’s already been offering video streaming as a service to carriers, but it’s now that it’s been ironed out, a free version is here for all-comers. The current content is broken up into comedy, extreme sports, horoscopes and music videos, with more likely on the way. Give it a shot and let us know how it runs!

Two BlackBerrys land in Puerto Rico

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Centennial has announced the BlackBerry 8703e and 8830 in Puerto Rico, both of which will enjoy GPS navigation and make use of the island-wide EV-DO network. Centennial just launched their BlackBerry service in the US this September, and already the love spreading down to the tropics. While we won’t be seeing the Curve on the Centennial’s CDMA network anytime soon, the BlackBerry 8130 is making the rounds, so it could very well end up down in Puerto Rico soon. You can grab the 8703e for $149.99 and the 8830 for $249.99 over here.

UPDATED: Telus 8130 hits online store, Ottawa gets in early

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Canadians rejoice! Telus has opened up the BlackBerry 8130 for sale, $199.99 with a three year hook in your cheek. Side-loading microSD slot, 2 mpx camera, EVDO compatibility, GPS, A2DP, and comes bundled with not only the lovely new Facebook app, but also Pocket Express. A solid release combined with Telus’ generally rosy third quarter report paints a pretty picture for this carrier’s near future. Props to BlackBerry Sync for nailing the dates and deets.

UPDATE: With a bit of smooth talking, yours truly got the Telus folks here in Ottawa to crack open their shipment early. The rep I talked with hadn’t touched a BlackBerry before, so she was just about as excited as I was to give it a shot.

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