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RIM’s Big BESX Announcement at MWC Details Leaked

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There have been a lot of rumors circulating about RIM’s big announcement and most of them point to RIM offering an inexpensive and watered down version of BES to BIS customers. The upcoming services will be aimed at giving out some of the enterprise functionality such as OTA sync, backup and restore and well as remote data wipe. Click through for the rumored details of the announcement.
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Save the Date: BlackBerry Developer Day at Mobile World Congress

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BlackBerry Developer Day is on Tuesday, February 16th at App Planet, during Mobile World Congress. This is a great opportunity for BlackBerry developers to network, meet the experts, and listen to some interesting speaker sessions.

While you need a code to register, it does allow you to “register your interest.” This probably means you can be slotted in if there are vacancies.

Register for the BlackBerry Developer Day.

Learn more at Inside BlackBerry.

RIM wins “Best Mobile Technology Breakthrough” for SurePress

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Although the SurePress technology has gotten some bad feedback in the blogosphere, you have to admit that it is a unique solution to touchscreen typing. This past Tuesday at the Global Mobile Awards in Barcelona, RIM’s SurePress won Best Mobile Technology Breakthrough. Some in the blogosphere are saying that RIM won because it is such a big sponsor and the cash bought it the award. I say: “tell me what should have won then.”

Apple app store? Old news.
LBS apps? Too broad to give to one company.
Android? The apps haven’t blown me away or anything.

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Are conferences economically viable during recession?

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The following is a letter to BlackBerryCool:

Dear BBCool,

My company did not send me to Mobile World Congress this year because it was not in our budget. This seems to be the case with many of our clients and I was hoping your site could shed some light on the subject.

What usually happens in these times is tradeshow budgets are the first to go except that a lot of the big companies have already purchased their show spaces some years in advance. This is a comment from one of our clients over there:

The show doesn’t seem to have as much content as I’d expected. Although, one of the booths had a classic booth girl.

The show seems to have fewer attendees. I’d say there are 20% to 30% fewer attendees. It seems the economy has had a real impact on the conference.

If above says 20 – 30%, I’d say more likely 40 – 50% smaller. People under exaggerate in that scenario (hope). Thanks BlackBerryCool!

Editor’s Note: So let’s tackle this subject as a community. Here are some things I’d like to discuss:

Has your company cut back on conference attendance? If so, why?
Are conferences integral to your business?
What can a conference do to make itself a more of a viable expense?