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BlackBerry OS 4.6 available from Optus


Optus While Chile and Hong Kong might be rip-rearing to go with the BlackBerry Bold, it looks like Australia isn’t too far behind. Handheld software version 4.6 is now available for the Optus BlackBerrry Bold, which is a bit of a shocker considering the only BlackBerry Optus is packing right now is the BlackBerry 8100. Combined with version 4.6 of the Java Desktop Environment and Desktop Manager, and the iTunes Media Sync release, it looks like all of the software bases are covered for the Bold. We’re still frothing at the bit for the BlackBerry 9000, and are more than a little disappointed that Rogers didn’t get it nearly as early as we were hoping.

(via BerryReview)


BlackBerry Bold due in Australia July 29


BlackBerry 9000

Nipping at the heels of the Canadian release on the 25th., Australian carriers Telstra, Optus, Vodafone and 3 Mobile will be offering the BlackBerry 9000 as of July 29th. RIM execs have gone so far to say that Australian BlackBerry growth will nearly double, which will undoubtedly be helped out by a speedy BlackBerry Bold release.

(Australian IT via Pinstack)


BlackBerry 8120 hits Australia


OptusOptus will be carrying the BlackBerry 8120 as of the first week of December, just in time for Christmas. The Wi-Fi Pearl packing a 2 megapixel video-capturing camera and externally-acessible microSD slot is set for a $659 recommended retail price. Pacific VP Norm Lo is understandably excited about the 8120 coming out.

“BlackBerry Smartphones are well received in Australia and we are pleased to be working with Optus to introduce another RIM innovation,” said RIM President of Asia Pacific, Norm Lo. “The new BlackBerry Pearl 8120, with its elegant design, advanced multimedia features and Wi-Fi capabilities, is perfect for both personal and professional use.”

Some Australian BlackBerrys down


AustraliaOptus customers down under might be having some connectivity issues today. An official statement has confirmed the issue:

“I can confirm that some Optus customers have today been experiencing disruption to their BlackBerry data services,” an Optus spokeswoman said. “Technicians have now resolved the issue and we have been progressively restoring customers to normal service from approximately 1pm (AEDT) this afternoon. Optus apologises for any inconvenience caused to its customers by this disruption.”

Any of our readers still having problems?

BlackBerry 8300 lands down under


SydneyAustralian carriers Optus, Vodafone and Telstra are now packing BlackBerry 8300 goodness. RIM VP Norm Lo took the occasion to talk a bit about the future of BlackBerrys. First off, he’s dashing any dreams of touchscreen devices or 3G anytime in the near future.

“In terms of input mechanisms, we’re looking at different technologies and we continue to assess them on devices,” he said, adding touchscreen inputs “are interesting but we’ll just have to see how they play out.” … Speed is not necessarily a high priority for users. “It depends on the applications you are using — you don’t really need high speed, you need low latency.”

Lo goes on to push RIM’s growing consumer appeal.

“We are finding that about a third to a half of people visiting our website for information on BlackBerry are clicking on ‘for personal use’ rather than ‘for business.’ And in the last quarter we have seen an increase in the number of people walking into a store and buying a BlackBerry handset purely because they like the look of it, and use it just as a phone. Then what happens is once they discover the other things they can do with the device, they go back to the store and get some sort of data plan.”