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App World arrives in Latin America – expect more to come

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App World has arrived in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Venezuela. It’s not clear whether this will be the same App World that we see here in North America, but chances are that the same applications will be distributed.

The only major difference is that users can choose to download BlackBerry App World in English or Spanish. A Portuguese version of the client interface is expected to be available later in 2009

Not only is this good for Latin America, but it should prove fruitful for the entire BlackBerry nation. App World does a great job of spreading smartphone application awareness, and teaching users that everyday tasks can be made much simpler with the use of a BlackBerry app. This smartphone lifestyle will promote more young Latin Americans to take up development as a career, and hopefully bring more bright minds to the BlackBerry platform.

This also reflects RIM’s strategy of making a tremendous push into Latin America as an emerging market. According to a recent interview with Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis, the region could prove very profitable for RIM. “The thought that Latin America and Western Europe could someday be like North America in terms of market penetration gets us very, very excited,” says Balsillie. Let’s hope he’s right!

BlackBerry Curve 8350i coming to Latin American via NII

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BlackBerry Curve 8350iGreat news for iDEN BlackBerry users not on the Sprint network. RIM and NII Holdings jointly announced the impending release of the BlackBerry Curve 8350i in Latin America during Q1 of 2009. the iDEN BlackBerry will see release in Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, and Peru.

For those not in the know, the BlackBerry Curve 8350i is the first iDEN BlackBerry since the old 7100i, and features push-to-talk capability as well as Wi-Fi. There are about 10 million North and South American iDEN subscribers eager to get their hands on this device. You can read the full press release after the jump.

BlackBerry Curve 8350i coming to Latin America

BlackBerry Bold to come to Mexico

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The next in a growing list of BlackBerry 9000 launches comes from Mexico’s Telcel. There’s not much showing up on their site, so no solid details on pricing, but that seems to be a common trend across plenty of carriers bringing out the Bold. Of course, we’re still waiting for AT&T to throw Americans a bone, but the latest rumours are pointing to a mid-September to early October release date. If we have any Mexican readers out there, feel free to leave a comment with any more info from your neck of the woods.

Thanks Daniel!

(via Milenio)

Video of the launch and Spanish interview with Felix Audirac, Technical Account Manager for Mexico, (including some talk about Boy Genius) behind the jump…

Mexico gets the BlackBerry 8330

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The CDMA Curve has landed on Iusacell, finally giving the BlackBerry 8130 released in February some company. The BlackBerry 8330 hosts all the usual features of the Curve series, like light construction, well-spaced keypad, a 3.5mm headphone jack, GPS, a 2 megapixel camera, and the usual e-mail, multimedia and web browsing capabilities all BlackBerrys enjoy. On top of that, the BlackBerry 8330 supports 3G, allowing you to access all your data lickity-split. Check out the Iusacell website for more info on plans and pricing.

BlackBerrys stolen at summit meeting

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A dastardly thiefA number of BlackBerrys went missing at the hemispheric summit meeting of representatives from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, reports The Swamp. A Mexican attaché, responsible for guiding the Mexican media around the premises, was caught on video absconding with “six or seven” BlackBerrys that were left on a table by members entering a meeting. White House press secretary Dana Perino said that the phones were definitely from members of the U.S. delegation, although she was unsure exactly who had lost one and whether they were from White House staffers. The whole thing is currently under investigation, so hopefully we’ll have more details soon.

BlackBerry 8300 launches in Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago

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Gold StarLatin America’s getting a bit of BlackBerry love today, what with the BlackBerry 8300 launch by Telcel in Mexico and Digicel in Trinidad and Tobago. Digicel’s Curve is going for $3899 TTD, or $620 US, and Telcel’s for … man, my Spanish is rusty. No luck finding the price on Telcel’s site. Any speakers out there who can get a lock down on the BlackBerry 8300′s price in Mexico gets a gold star. Although the BlackBerry 8300 is just coming out now in Mexcio, some sneaky forum members have been able to get one across the border and activated A-O-K before official release.