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Introductory smartphone market and BlackBerry devices

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The line between consumer and enterprise is blurred and many of what RIM has been doing in recent years, reflects a shift in their market. RIM is now selling BlackBerry devices to consumers and enterprise alike. Now, 70 percent of new users are considered a consumer, and overall, consumers make up half of RIM’s user base.

The BlackBerry Pearl is the ultimate introductory smartphone and RIM will be continuing with the series as long as there are still users who have not been converted to the smartphone realm. The BlackBerry Pearl and Pearl Flip are the beginning of this introductory smartphone device roadmap, with a 3G BlackBerry in the pipes already. Although the Flip sold significantly less than other BlackBerry models such as the Curve 83xx, it is still in its infancy, and the device had enough demand to merit making the form factor.

In the coming years we will see more introductory smartphones from RIM to fill the many niches in the market. You will never love every device you see from RIM, but there will always be a device for you.

Here are some introductory devices you may or may not see from RIM:

  • 3G BlackBerry Pearl (unofficially confirmed)
  • BlackBerry Pearl Slider (we have seen the patents)
  • BlackBerry Pearl Touch (RIM is on a streak of combining devices Pearl + Storm)

Personally, I would like to see the conversion rates of BlackBerry Pearl users who move up the smartphone chain to purchase either a Curve or a Bold. I suspect the Pearl does wonders for convincing users of the joys of smartphone ownership.

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Shout Postcard expands to Pearl

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PostcardMe Inc.’s postcard-sending service, Shout Postcard, launched its beta last month on the Curve, and is now available for Pearl. With Christmas right around the corner, this is great timing, since it allows you to send quick, personal, spur-of-the-moment postcards using sound recording and pictures taken with your BlackBerry. This way you could send thank you cards to distant relatives who might have shipped a present in, or last minute best wishes to folks you had forgotten in the all the holiday hubbub.

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Weekly Contest: Home Sweet Home

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Earlier this week, RIM partnered up with Wireless Giant to launch a dedicated BlackBerry store, which is a pretty big step. The more hopeful among us might see this as a sign of a larger move away from carrier dependency, while others might see the opening as a cute pilot project that won’t really go anywhere. Regardless, BlackBerry now has a real brick-and-mortar consumer home in Michigan, and its success will determine how much further RIM goes with the idea. This week we’re asking BBCool readers: will BlackBerry stores spread? Is it commercially viable? Can you see a branch in every major city? How do carriers feel? Does it work to their advantage or detriment to have comparable plans right next to one another? As for the prize for the best comment, this week we’ll be giving away the Curve or Pearl skin of your choice from the fine folks at DecalGirl.

Last week’s winner behind the jump!

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Curve BerryBUDDY on the way

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CurveBuddyWe just got some fresh concepts shots of the upcoming BerryBUDDY charging/syncing cradle for the Curve, and it certainly looks pretty slick. A light gray charger with chrome highlights might match the Curve’s style a bit better, but we ain’t complaining. Besides, it’ll still be awhile before this hits shelves, so changes are entirely possible. We took a look at the Pearl BerryBUDDY which had a sweet design, so hopefully innov8 can bring the same quality to the Curve.

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The BlackBerry Cool Wishlist

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Christmastime is rapidly approaching, and maybe that special BlackBerry-user in your life hasn’t been bought for just yet. Well, there’s still time and BBCool’s here to help you find something you know they’ll use and love. We’ve compiled a little wish-list of stuff we would personally like to see under the tree - presents we’re so sure of that we’re knocking 10% off all in-store items marked with asterix - just enter the coupon code BBHOLIDAY for your discount. I know, we’re giving y’all presents early again, but we just can’t help it.

Check the BBCool Wishlist behind the jump!

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OS 4.3 packing stereo Bluetooth support?

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Kevin has had a chance to play around with OS 4.3 on the BlackBerry 8100 and found that it supports A2DP, a feature previously found only on the Curve and later Pearl models. As a guy who’s stuck listening to podcasts on the dinky mono earbud with his Pearl, I’m pretty excited about the news. With any luck the stereo Bluetooth support will also hit the 8800 whenever OS 4.3.1 becomes publicly available.

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New photo sharing service joins ISV Alliance

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Some bold souls have taken the iWhatever moniker to a new extreme with iTookThisOnMyPhone, a free photo-sharing service recently announced as a member of the BlackBerry Independent Software Vendors Alliance. The gist of the program is anyone on a major U.S. carrier can have the photos they snap with their BlackBerry Pearl or Curve automatically uploaded to iTTOMP’s web service, letting you share your pictures immediately and leaving the memory on your BlackBerry for other things. There’s no limit to how many pictures you can upload, but you better believe that you’ll be seeing it on your bill if you’re on anything short of an unlimited data plan. iTTOMP seems handy for the folks who take a lot of pictures, but I think I’d stick with the new Facebook photo sharing for now. Thanks for the heads up, Ronen!

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Weekly Contest: Pearls Aplenty

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PearlsThis last week has been rife with rumors of the new BlackBerry 8130. We even had a bit of patent-side news dealing with Suretype. For now, the GSM Pearl 2 is only on the other side of the pond, but it’s simply a matter of time before it finds its way over here. The Pearl is getting a lot of attention in light of this news, and it’s time we start thinking about how it might change in the near future.

Since coming out a scant year ago, the Pearl pioneered the trackball and overall layout of RIM’s 8800 and 8300 lines, which have become the main flagship formats for BlackBerry. The incremental upgrades we’ve been seeing recently are all built on the foundations of those three core devices, but they continue to evolve, such as with the 8130’s new external microSD slot. With the spotlight square on the Pearl, our question for this Weekly Contest is: what lies in the Pearl’s future? Will it continue to set the standard for new features and innovation, or will form factors like the fabled BlackBerry 9000 take over? Maybe the BlackBerry 8300 has already stolen the Pearl’s thunder? This is pretty open-ended, so feel free to comment on design, function, overall attitude, and everything in between. You guys have free rein to sound off on what the Pearl did right, what it did wrong, how it is changing, and where it’s going in the long haul. The most comprehensive, full-bodied comment will win 3 games from Bplay.

Check out the winner for our Special Bi-Weekly Contest!

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More BlackBerry 8100 colours in the works

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Pearl ColoursThe sharp-eyed Miblackberry has noticed that RIM’s site for the Pearl is showing a few colours we haven’t seen yet. We can cross red, blue, gold, black and white from the list, but orange, dark grey (titanium?), and a black/white combo are all alluded to. Any guesses on who’s going to be packing the other shades?

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Special Bacon on BlackBerry: The Curse of the Black Pearl

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Magmic’s main BlackBerry man, Jeff Bacon, is back with another piece for us. This time, however, Jeff isn’t answering your BlackBerry questions, but giving you the straight deal on the Pearl. You see, as a trusted BlackBerry developer, Jeff has had his hand on the Pearl for some time, but hasn’t been able to talk about it to anyone until it was officially announced (which was today, duh). So take a look at this little pearl of wisdom Jeff sent to our inbox this morning — one that might change your mind on how effective a multimedia device the Pearl will be.

Continue reading ‘Special Bacon on BlackBerry: The Curse of the Black Pearl’

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