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RIM Confirms BlackBerry 4G PlayBooks with LTE and HSPA+ Support

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RIM has some decent PlayBook news coming out of Mobile World Congress including confirmation that we will see two new variants of the BlackBerry 4G PlayBook in the second half of 2011. These new PlayBooks support LTE and HSPA+ high speed wide area wireless networks. After this announcement, we now have confirmation that there will be four PlayBook variants with support for WiFi, WiFi +WiMax, WiFi + LTE and WiFi + HSPA+. In addition to the WiFi and 4G connectivity, each tablet can also support:

1. Bluetooth tethering
2. Mobile hotspots (ie. a MiFiā„¢, smartphone or other portable device equipped to act as a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot)
3. BlackBerry Bridge

See the press release below.
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RIM Introduces the BlackBerry Messenger Mobile Gifting Program

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BlackBerry Messenger is an incredibly powerful app, not in the features it offers, but in its ubiquity. There is so much potential for an IM platform with so many millions of users. RIM has announced the BBM Mobile Gifting Program, a service for carriers that allows users to use their post-paid or pre-paid account to conveniently, securely and instantly approve and pay for airtime, apps or other carrier services requested by another BlackBerry subscriber.

The service makes for some really interesting interactions on BBM. There are so many different use cases such as families giving out airtime minutes, friends exchanging and gifting apps, and more. Read more about the platform at the press release below:
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