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BlackBerry 8220 spec sheet leaked

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Confidential BlackBerry Kickstart

If you’re looking for all the hard details on the BlackBerry 8220, a specification sheet has been let out of the bag that shows all the important info. It’s from back in February when the device was still the BlackBerry Kickstart, so some of the smaller details may have changed, but on the whole, this is about as solid as details for the flip BlackBerry will get before launch on T-Mobile and Rogers sometime this September. Nothing particularly new, but if you’re looking to know something in particular about the device, this doc should have it. In broad strokes, the BlackBerry 8220 will be packing a microUSB slot, externally-accessible microSD slot, 128 MB of flash memory, 2.0 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi b and g, quad-band GSM, 128 x 160 external display and a 240 x 320 internal screen.

(via BerryReview)

Full spec sheets for the BlackBerry 8220/Kickstart behind the jump!

More BlackBerry Javelin pics emerge, reveal microSD hot-swapping

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BlackBerry Javelin

Some internal docs managed to get loose recently, giving us a closer look at the upcoming BlackBerry Javelin. The specs included with the slides confirm earlier reports of Wi-Fi, GPS and a 3.2 megapixel camera, along with a screen that should match the BlackBerry Bold’s. The slides were dated in May, but the renders don’t differ much from live shots previously leaked. There are, however, some more details on how the memory card slot will work… You might have to pop the battery door, but apparently the microSD will still be hot-swappable. Maybe not as convenient as the side-loading style that’s been becoming the norm, but it still beats having to do a hard reset. Can’t wait to get one? Current rumours are pointing to a late November release.

(via CB)

Specs and pics of the BlackBerry Javelin after the jump!

Virgin Mobile releasing BlackBerry 8130 in Canada

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Virgin Mobile\'s BlackBerry PearlAs previously rumored, Virgin Mobile is now offering the BlackBerry Pearl for free on a three-year contract. The big seller here is that they’re throwing in 8 GB memory cards on all activations. Yow. Plenty of carriers hand out 1 GB cards as incentives, 8 GB cards are not only hard to find, but can get pretty pricey, too. As for plans, Virgin’s got voice and text plans starting at $25/month and BlackBerry plans from $15/month and up. If you want more info, the web store is really cleanly set up, and makes picking your options pretty dang easy.

(via MobileSyrup)

US border guards seizing recordable media

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Police with a BlackBerryBetter double-check your BlackBerry before making that weekend trip across the border, as now Homeland Security can detain laptops, mobiles and recordable media of all types for an unspecified amount of time as part of routine inspections. Any information gleaned from the media can be shared around government agencies as needed for decryption and translation, although original copies must be destroyed when if the media is returned. Throw your BlackBerry into checked luggage, because otherwise you could be losing it for months on end, even if you’re a returning US citizen and you aren’t under any particular suspicion.

“They’re saying they can rifle through all the information in a traveler’s laptop without having a smidgen of evidence that the traveler is breaking the law,” said Greg Nojeim, senior counsel at the Center for Democracy and Technology. Notably, he said, the policies “don’t establish any criteria for whose computer can be searched.”

As a Canadian who often has to fly through the US with my laptop, I don’t like sound of this one bit. Of course, there are some solid tips out there for deterring complete invasion of privacy, including using virtual private networks in order to keep data accessible but not on your person; looks like we’re all going to have to sign up with WICKSoft. To get the full details, you can read the whole report here.

(via WindowsMobile Cool)

‘Cool Deals: 8GB microSD going for $39.99

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Meritline 8GB microSD cardThe bigger memory cards for BlackBerry can get pretty expensive, but this is a solid deal. Meritline is selling 8GB A-DATA microSD cards for a scant $39.99, complete with converter and free standard shipping within the US. The downside is that us international folks are boned – it looks like the only shipping method I qualify for up here in Canada is FedEx International which runs a scandalous $59.52. And here I was looking to replace my junky 512 card for the BlackBerry Bold. Looks like we’ll have to find another place for cheap memory cards up in the cold, desolate north… Seen any good deals lately?

(via BerryReview)

Aerize Card Loader deal

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Aerize Card LoaderOne of the consistent complaints about BlackBerry is the lack of internal memory available for applications. Sure, microSD cards add some storage for media files, but programs have to be launched directly from the device. Well, Aerize has an interesting solution that involves swapping out applications stored on your BlackBerry’s physical memory onto the memory card so you can store more apps. These guys have an awesome sale going on now, where you can grab not only the card loader, but their fine file explorer (which includes a zip and unzip utility) for half off regular price. These are some very handy tools for those looking to save some room on their handheld… be sure to take advantage before the sale runs out on Friday!