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(Rumor) Sprint BlackBerry Niagara details confirmed UPDATED

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Sometimes you need to post a poorly researched rumor in order to get the real details. Recently, an engineer at Sprint confirmed the following details about the Sprint BlackBerry Niagara:
 
The BlackBerry Niagara is slated to launch in Q3 and will have the following specs:

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GSM 850, 900,1800,1900and UMTS 2100 (japan)
International Data will support GPRS, EDGE, UMTS & HSPA
3MP Camera
1400 MA Battery
 
Verizon will launch the device before Sprint because they are basically just paying for the Broadcom patent infringement to use the chipset in its existing form.  Sprint wants the re-engineering effort to happen so they don’t have to pay the Broadcom fee so their launch will be a little later.

Thanks for the tip. Remember, send any rumors and tips to kyle (at) blackberrycool (dot) com.

UPDATE: Niagara closely follows the Javelin ID and styling. Most unique characteristic will be the battery cover with a gray/black dot matrixed print scheme with chrome accent “flying bb’s”. JavelinNiagara will simply be a CDMA version of the 8900.

Fake BlackBerry Storm ad

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This is obviously a fan vid right? I doubt RIM has gone viral and started putting together ads with no branding or real marketing behind them. Cool idea though!

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Bell to launch BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230 March 6th

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Our fellow Canadian droogs over at MobileSyrup have uncovered a black and white image of some upcoming BlackBerrys on the Bell network. Ignore the ugly Palm device on the left and you will see Black and Pink versions of the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230. The image also displays a launch date of March 6th, but no pricing information. However, I think it’s reasonable to expect a ‘less-than-$100′ pricetag, or possibly even free, with a 3-year contract.

|via Mobile Syrup|

BlackBerry 9300 is not the ‘Gemini’, we were right

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BlackBerry 9300 mock-up

It appears as though our friends in the Waterloo area were spot on when they pinged us that the upcoming BlackBerry 9300 that BGR revealed yesterday was not in fact codenamed ‘Gemini’. BG did some digging of his own, and come up with this information:

Okay, we’ve got to have a little chat here about the BlackBerry 9300 which we referred to as the “Gemini.” Indeed there was some confusion on our part (yes, we made a boo-boo and we mistakenly referred to the BlackBerry 9300 as the “Gemini”. It is not the Gemini. The Gemini is apparently the codename for the BlackBerry 8325, a T-Mobile GSM/EDGE device with OS 5.0, a 320×240 display, 2 megapixel camera, and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n (they’re going to put 802.11n on a crap device?). It was slated to come out in September of this year but with 8900 Curve about to hit up T-Mobile we’d think it pretty stupid of RIM to release it, especially since it’s got some less than desirable specs. With all of this said, we can assure you that the device we were talking about is indeed real.

Hmm. So while the BlackBerry 9300 is not the ‘Gemini’, it’s 3G+Curve=Yay factor still leaves me burning with desire. As for the ‘actual’ Gemini, the BlackBerry 8325? Not so much.

|via BGR|

Hello BlackBerry 9300 “Gemini” — can I text you some time? (UPDATED)

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UPDATE: I’m getting word from friends that happen to live and work in the Waterloo area (wink) that the ‘Gemini’ codename does not actually refer to the 3G Curve 9300 but another EDGE device. Regardless the actual codename, it is still a sexy device. If anyone can clarify the name discrepancy fully, send us a message.

Mmmhmm, isn’t that a sexy new BlackBerry to make a cold Monday in February just a wee bit warmer. The Boy Genius has uncovered one of the first BlackBerry rumors of the New Year, the BlackBerry 9300 ‘Gemini’, which can most easily be considered a “3G BlackBerry Curve.” Sounds tasty. Here’s what BG has uncovered on the Gemini so far:

    * The screen will be larger than the BlackBerry 8900, and that will also include a higher resolution
    * The CPU will also be beefed up. We’re not sure if this means it will include something more powerful than the Bold’s 624MHz processor or not, but we’d like to think so.
    * The device is said to be silver (think BlackBerry 8830)
    * The keyboard is a little more rounded than the BlackBerry 8900
    * The Send/End keys are rounded instead of being flat on the sides
    * Styling is not drastically different — it keeps with the 8900/Storm styling
    * It of course rocks quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, and tri-band UMTS/HSDPA
    * Wi-Fi and GPS was not confirmed, but we’d say there’s about a 99.99% chance
    * Camera specs were not confirmed as well, but you can bet you’re looking at 3.2 megapixels or better

No word on a release date (pretty understandable considering how recently the BlackBerry Curve 8900 was release), but BG has guesstimated a potential Q4 ‘09/Q1 ‘10 drop date. We’ll let you know as we learn more.

|via BGR|

Fido launching BIS BlackBerry service February 4th?

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Good friend Ronen over at BerryReview is reporting that Fido will be launching its much rumored BlackBerry service on February 4th. Apparently Fido will offer only BIS and no BES service, with their first BlackBerry being the BlackBerry Pearl 8100. Here’s the rumored price points:

BlackBerry Pearl 8100 Pricing

    * $400 MTM / No Contract
    * $350 on a 2 Year
    * $25 on a 3 year w/ Voice + Data (no minimum monthly total cost required).

Fido BIS Data Plans

    * $15 – Unlimited Personal Email + IM (BBM, WM, Yahoo, AIM etc…).
    * $25 – 500MB BIS Data
    * $30 – 1GB BIS Data
    * $60 – 3GB BIS Data

Two more important items of note: BlackBerry data will be available to Fido customers without contract and tethering will be allowed. It will be interesting to see what kind of numbers and demographic Fido will attract with their offering. I’m thinking university students that want a cheap BlackBerry Pearl but no contract.