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mWeather for BlackBerry Puts the Forecast on Your Wallpaper and App Icon


mWeather is a great BlackBerry weather app for BlackBerry OS 5, 6 and 7. The app has the ability to take over your wallpaper and dynamically changes it’s app icon to the current weather conditions.
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Mobile video to push data revenues


Old TelevisionThe latest projections from SNL Kagan are predicting some solid growth for wireless data, particularly surround mobile e-mail. Growing adoption of mobile data services, forecasted to increase revenues by 16% annually to $100 billion by 2017, will partially be thanks to the likes of mobile e-mail which will reach 62% penetration (good news for BlackBerry, obviously), but the bigger driver will be mobile video. It will be seeing 22% growth year-on-year, and with screens like the BlackBerry Bold and iPhone becoming prevalent, it’s easy to see how people could be getting more excited about mobile TV and movies. We’re still waiting on Slingbox to get something out there for BlackBerry, but with forecasts like this one, you’ll likely be seeing a lot of other venues for mobile entertainment.

(via cellular-news)

GSM growth to slow in favor of 3G?


A cell phone towerA new report from ABI Research suggests that 2G technology like EDGE will drop to a 14% growth rate in 2008/09, compared to 22% from 2006/07, while UMTS networks like HSDPA slowly increase market share. Saying new technology will replace old technology is a bit like going on about just how wet water is, but it’s nice to know how long it will take. 2G subscribers are expected to start actively shrinking by 2013. iDEN and CDMAone users are already shrinking rapidly, perhaps explaining Sprint’s lackadaisical attitude towards upgrading their phones in that area, although CDMA2000 use is expected to stick around in more rural areas. All in all it sounds like good news for the HSDPA-packing 9000. The forecast for CDMA technologies could also help you in our Weekly Contest

RIM stock up after price target raise


Mike Abramsky from RBC Capital Markets raised RIM’s price target from $140 to $150, causing their stock to raise 2.8% to $115.34 as of close of market on Friday. The analyst also rated the stock as “Outperform.” This is a pretty big turnaround from January, where RIM’s stock was rated as “Hold” and had its price target lowered from $145 to $110. Since then their stock has trended upward, even survived the multiple outages in February. Their fourth quarter financial results should be very interesting when they’re announced on April 2nd.

BlackBerry fends off iPhone in North American Q3 sales


CanalysAlthough RIM’s third quarter numbers aren’t being released for another 3 days, Canalys’ shipping data has revealed that the iPhone has already beaten Windows Mobile’s market share in North America, but BlackBerry still holds on to the top dog status. The iPhone’s 27% capture of the smartphone market is especially surprising considering it’s still not in Canada or Mexico, and is limited to only AT&T. While North America’s a huge market, it’s a big world, and if the numbers included international results, the picture would look just a little different. It’ll be interesting to see what Q4 looks like after the Christmas sales have all been tallied up…

Smartphones outsell laptops


SadtopApparently it’s true, according to a recent study from In-Stat. Over the next five years, the OS-based smartphone market is forecasted to make upwards of 30% growth each year (except Palm of course), leaving the standard cell growth rate in the single-digit realm. This boom for feature-rich mobiles is good news for carriers, who can expect to see an increase in average revenue per user who’s making use of all those fancy bells and whistles.

“Because of the value users are finding, organizations are slowly taking ownership of smartphones and data applications used for business purposes,” says Bill Hughes, In-Stat analyst. “Rather than having overcomplicated reimbursement plans, more organizations are finding it more expedient and economical to treat wireless voice and data services as a business expense when they use smartphones.”