There is a rumor that the BlackBerry Bold 9650, which we originally thought was going to be the Tour2 9650, will launch in May of this year. There is a lot of speculation about why RIM chose to go with the Bold 9650 versus the Tour brand, and most likely it’s because owners of the Tour 9630 would harbor some resentment that an update to their device came out so soon after they purchased their BlackBerry. To mitigate this possible PR disaster, RIM marketing have decided to go with the Bold label. It’s sort of funny how easy the general public can be misled with a simple marketing twist. Speaking of Tour devices, it also looks like a Verizon OS 5 upgrade will be coming in the next 2-3 weeks and will include PTT for an extra $5 per month.
Tag: push to talk
Here’s some more video goodness of our time at AIM Autosport for the Telus BlackBerry Curve 8350i launch event. I had a great time talking to Ian Willis, one of the founders of AIM, about a variety of things: why his company needs a PTT BlackBerry running on the Mike network, how cool his car is, and a special project he’s working on with RIM/Telus (it’s quite cool). Ian is actually a BlackBerry Cool reader and also gave us a nice shout out. If you want to learn more about AIM (they have a great team and wicked cars), you can check out another video about them after the jump, or a link to their website below.
While at Telus’ BlackBerry Curve 8350i launch event, I had the opportunity to speak with Mark Applebaum, Director of Strategy & Marketing, Mobility Solutions at Telus. You can think of Mark as the enterprise version of Judy Mellet, who we interviewed at the BlackBerry Storm launch party. Watch the video above to learn which industries should choose the 8350i over the BlackBerry Curve, why a PTT (push-to-talk) BlackBerry is better than a separate communications system, and more about iDEN’s superior voice quality and in-building penetration. We also give a shout out to the ancient BlackBerry 7100i.
As for the talk-time stats Mark mentions in the video, they can be found at the link below.
I feel bad for all those poor souls that have locked themselves into Sprint/Nextel for push-to-talk functionality, only to wait an average of three years for new iDEN BlackBerrys. HipVoice is a cross carrier push-to-talk service that will soon be launching for BlackBerry. As the video shows above, not only does it work irrespective of your BlackBerry or carrier, subscribers will also be able to communicate with WinMo and Symbian devices (iPhone coming soon). Here are the different ways HipVoice can be used.
UNICAST: Push-To-Talk one to one
MULTICAST: Push-To-Talk one to many (Also to Walkie Talkies)
CHANNEL: Push-To-Talk to anyone subscribed to the channel
RICH MESSAGING: Text message users that are on or off-line
HipVoice is looking to charge $10/month for the service. Honestly, I’m not sure how they’re doing this, but sign me up. You can learn more about HipVoice at http://hipvoice.com.
BlackBerry Cool was first to break the news that the BlackBerry Curve 8350i would see release on December 1st at the low, low price of $150 on a 2 year contract. With that date just a few weeks away, it makes sense to see RIM’s latest iDEN BlackBerry passing FCC approval. While it isn’t quite the stocking stuffer that the BlackBerry Storm is, for iDEN/Sprint subscribers, it’s all they’re getting for Christmas from RIM. For those interested, Sprint has a sign up page for more BlackBerry Curve 8350i information.
It’s not quite the BlackBerry Storm, but I know there are still quite a few iDen fans lurking in the corners of the BlackBerry Nation. Our good friend Ronen has posted today that Sprint has launched a sign up page for their nascent Nextel BlackBerry 8350i. The page has little information other than pointing out that the BlackBerry 8350i will have both Wi-Fi and GPS to go along with its push to talk capabilities, but there is an option to sign up for email notifications about the device’s release.
Nextel fans, sound off: does this meager bit of 8530i news blunt the pain in any way of the day that shall always be known as ‘Storm Wednesday’?