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Bouygues Telecom and RIM Release the BlackBerry Curve 8900 in France

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Press Release

BlackBerry Curve 8900Bouygues Telecom and Research In Motion today launched the BlackBerry Curve 8900 smartphone in France. The new BlackBerry Curve 8900 has an expansive feature set that keeps users easily connected with their office, friends and family. In addition to being an exceptional phone with powerful email, messaging, organizer, web browser and multimedia applications, the new BlackBerry Curve 8900 also features built-in Wi-Fi®, GPS, a fast processor (512Mhz) and a dazzling hi-resolution display, enabling customers to remain connected, productive and entertained while on the move.

Prices start from €149 including taxes (with a minimum 12 month subscription) on a Forfait Pro or Neo.2 three-hours or more voice plan. To mark its launch, between 26 January 2009 and 22 February 2009, customers will be able to purchase the new BlackBerry Curve 8900 for €79 including taxes (sales price of €129 in store with a €50 discount).

The BlackBerry Curve 8900 is available for corporate clients from €179 excluding taxes (with a 24 month minimum subscription). Details available at http://www.enterprises.bouyguestelecom.fr. To mark its launch, between 26 January 2009 and 31 March 2009, corporate customers will be able to purchase the new BlackBerry Curve 8900 for €59 including taxes (sales price of €109 in store with a €50 discount) in conjunction with the Neo Mail Entreprises data plan.

BlackBerry Curve 8900 specifications

BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 launches in France

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BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220

When we last heard from our French friends, they were just beginning to receive the BlackBerry Storm, RIM’s first touchscreen device. Today, Bouygues Telecom and RIM have jointly announced the launch of the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220, RIM’s first FlipBerry.

Bouygues Telecom is offering the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 from €129 including taxes (on a 12 month contract) in all Club Bouygues Telecom outlets with a Pro service plan or a Consumer service plan of 3 hours and more. For more information, click the links below:

www.bouyguestelecom.fr
www.entreprises.bouyguestelecom.fr

BlackBerry Storm launches in France

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Cross another country off the list of those waiting to be hit by the Storm. RIM and SFR jointly announced the release of the BlackBerry Storm today in France. Our merry French brethren will be able to pre-order the Stormfrom on the SFR online store November 20th, with in store availability beginning December 3 in all SFR shops. Here’s a list of applications preloaded on the BlackBerry Storm:

    * Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones
    * Windows Live Messenger for BlackBerry smartphones
    * Google Talk for BlackBerry smartphones
    * Yahoo Messenger for BlackBerry smartphones
    * AOL Instant Messenger™ for BlackBerry smartphones
    * ICQ for BlackBerry smartphones
    * Flickr Photo Uploader for BlackBerry smartphones

SFR is selling the BlackBerry Storm for €99 with a €50 discount, and is offering two new Illimythics 3G+ plans specially designed for the BlackBerry Storm. You can see full plan details after the jump.

SFR Illimythics 3G+ plans

Indonesia, France and Luxembourg all announce the BlackBerry Bold

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BlackBerry Bold

Sorry Americans, I know this stuff just makes you rip out even more clumps of hair, but the world must know that Indosat, Celcom, Bouygues, and TELE2TANGO all plan on packing the BlackBerry 9000. It might actually be a bit of a relief, as many won’t have the Bold available until mid- to late- September, which is the rumoured AT&T release date. You won’t be alone guys, just hang in there. Here are the details…

  • Indosat (Indonesia): Looking to be available around late September for Rp 8.888. Also confirms upcoming 16 GB microSDHC memory cards.
  • Celcom (Malaysia): The RM2,499 pricetag might be a hint at what Maxis will be offering the Bold for; due to land the third week of September.
  • Bouygues (France): Due mid-September, 199€ on an enterprise plan, offering a sweet 17€ unlimited everything plan.
  • TELE2TANGO (Luxembourg): Available September 9th., 390€ without subscription and from 109€ with data plan. Looks like their first ‘Berry. Grats!

(via RIM)

BlackBerry Unite! available internationally

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BlackBerry Unite! banner

Previously available in only North America, BlackBerry Unite! has now been localized for all around the globe. Central American, Italian, German, French, Asia Pacific and Spanish versions of the software is available for small groups of up to 5 to share media, contacts, and take care of management tasks. There are plenty of small and medium businesses out there that could use some extra functionality from their BlackBerrys, and when the software is free, it’s hard to go wrong.

(BlackBerry Support Community Forums via BerryReview)

Download sites for BlackBerry Unite! behind the jump…

The French aren’t crazy to not use BlackBerrys, just politically motivated

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Eiffel TowerWhen we heard that the French were against BlackBerrys for government use due to security concerns, we were a little confused: weren’t they designed to be secure devices for exactly this type of use? To recap, the French are worried that their intelligence data is vulnerable to interception by British and American operatives (data from French BlackBerrys is routed through severs at RIM NOCs in the US and UK). However, RIM says that to be successful, the culprits would have to use hundreds of computers running at over 100 GHz for millions of years.

An interesting article from World Politics Review sheds some light on the conflicting reports. Pointing to the French government’s previous attempts to halt iPod marketing in order to allow domestic companies to develop competitive technologies, WPR indicates that the French may be hoping that raising concerns about information transmitted over BlackBerrys would encourage more French people to rely on electronics manufactured and managed by French companies.

Apparently, it’s not working. The French media is reporting that the substitute device offered by the French government is not as efficient as the BlackBerry, leading some French civil servants to use their BlackBerrys in secret. It just goes to show that, despite political agendas, it’s hard to separate a government worker from their BlackBerry.