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Rogers BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300 Arrives in Store


rogers blackberry curve 3g boxes

The Rogers BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300 has arrived in Rogers retail outlets and the box has the same modern look as the BlackBerry Torch. RIM has done a great job of updating their device packaging so it isn’t stuffed with manuals, CDs and giant chargers that take up space. The new BlackBerry packaging is about half the size and doesn’t come with a case like they used to. It’s a little lame to not get a case but it makes a lot of sense not to include it anymore. By not giving the user a free case, RIM has really opened up the third party case market.

The BlackBerry Curve 3G from Rogers comes with OS with no App World preload. We have been hearing about how RIM scored an App World preload deal for some time but perhaps it will only come with App World 2.0. A couple more pics after the jump.
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BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300 Coming to Rogers Q3 2010


rogers blackberry curve 3g

This pic comes to us from our friend RogersDude69 who snapped it while on the job. The BlackBerry Curve 3G is one of the least interesting BlackBerrys in RIM’s current product line and even Rogers themselves describe the device as “a basic BlackBerry”. The device is aimed at students and it’s pretty clear that it will have a low price tag. If this device is free, I can definitely see a lot of people getting one. The pic shows that the BlackBerry Curve 3G will be coming to Rogers in Q3 2010 and features the following:

  • First 3G Curve
  • Exclusive color
  • Build-in WiFi and GPS
  • 2.0 MP camera

We’ll have more details for you in the coming weeks about this device so stay tuned.

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Comparing Smartphone App Launches Between iPhone and BlackBerry


After discussing the developer ecosystem internally, as well as with some industry players, the conversation naturally progressed to app launches for the various smartphone platforms out there. While previously we discussed the ecosystem as it pertains to the business side, what about how all of this affects the end user? The easiest way to measure this is how soon do we get the apps we want, relative to other smartphone users, and what feature sets do they come with?

BlackBerry offers the potential for all applications to be, in many ways, better than for other smartphones. Integration through APIs, the added value of push technology, and unique social networking opportunities through BBM, should make BlackBerry the first smartphone that developers think about when building a compelling smartphone app. Also, App World has demonstrated that BlackBerry users have a much higher tolerance for price, and are willing to pay significantly more for applications. But as users we know this doesn’t result in bringing developers to our doorstep. Take a series of examplesof popular applications that almost every BlackBerry user would want, but for one reason or another could not get until well after another smartphone, usually the iPhone, got it first.
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White BlackBerry Curve 8520 from Rogers Pricing



@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?

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Rogers White BlackBerry Curve 8520 Arrives



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



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