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White BlackBerry Curve 8520 from Rogers Pricing

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@RogersMary sent me the details on the now official White BlackBerry Curve 8520. Previously “leaked” (not really a leak so much as a tip) on BlackBerryCool, the white Curve 8520 will retail for $49.99 on a three year voice and data plan. Personally, I think the 8520 should be free. If Wal-Mart and other carriers can do it, why can’t Rogers?

Rogers White BlackBerry Curve 8520 Arrives

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Our good friend RogersDude69 sent over some pics of the BlackBerry Curve 8520 in white, which has recently arrived at Rogers retail outlets. It’s a shame that Rogers haven’t updated the software for the device, and that it’s running OS out of the box.
Pictures after the jump

Rogers BlackBerry Bold 9700 shows up in stores

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UPDATE: Sorry about that, the actual device is not in stores but rather the dummy units. They will have these around for a couple of weeks before the actual units go on sale.

Our friend RogersDude69 sent us a pic of the Rogers BlackBerry Bold 9700 which is now in stores. A launch date was not included in the press release, but now that the device is in the store, we know it’s only a matter of time.

A closeup of the Rogers Bold 9700 after the jump

Rogers BlackBerry Curve 8520 promo documents arrive

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RogersDude69 brings us a pic of some promotional materials that have arrived at the Rogers retail outlets in Canada. It seems we’re really close to this device launching and we’ll be getting more details soon.

The only thing this flier reveals is that it will support TalkSpot, for unlimited Canada-wide calling.

There isn’t much else to say here, but we’re all hoping that Rogers will launch the device in some new colors such as the coveted white BlackBerry Curve 8520.

Anyone buying?

President of Rogers wireless claims Android will chip away at RIM dominance

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Our Rogers ninja, RogersDude69, is reporting that Rogers has been giving their employees extra incentives to sell HTC Android devices. Apparently, Rogers is running internal contests where you sell 5 and get 1 free. While this isn’t necessarily news, and Rogers often runs these contests, it comes along with a recent statement from the president of Rogers Communications’ wireless business, Rob Bruce.

Rob Bruce, said he expects that phones with full slideout keyboards, as well as those based on Google’s Android operating system, will chip away at the dominance of RIM’s BlackBerry and Apple’s iPhone.

Speaking at an investor conference, Bruce said the so-called QWERTY slider devices made by manufacturers such as Samsung and LG Electronics “are peeling off the low end of the smartphone market right now and in effect putting pressure on that duopoly.”

He characterized Android-based phones that are making their way to store shelves as the “other major vector” in challenging RIM and Apple for dominance of the lucrative smartphone market.

BlackBerry Cool readers are well educated when it comes to the various operating systems out there. So I put the question to the readers:

Can RIM and BlackBerry learn anything from the Android platform?

In 5 years, BlackBerry or Android?


A brief history of the Rogers Hardware Upgrade Program (HUP)

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Recently, we learned that the Rogers HUP was going to extend to all devices, and not just smartphones. Our friend RogersDude69 has broken down a brief history of how the Rogers HUP has become increasingly stringent and is making it really difficult to get a new device.

When will the madness end? Rogers needs to realize that having customers upgrade their devices will mean bigger bills and more money for them in the end. Also, as a general note for doing business, you should never tell your customer that they can’t buy the product. Make concessions and get the product in the customer’s hand. Here is a little history of how the HUP is quickly becoming obsolete:
Continue reading how Rogers is destroying their customers’ ability to upgrade devices

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