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GIVEAWAY: TeleNav GPS Navigator on the T-Mobile BlackBerry Bold 9700

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It’s great when companies take the time to make their software available for the latest and greatest BlackBerry devices and TeleNav have done just that. The above video shows TeleNav GPS Navigator on the T-Mobile BlackBerry Bold 9700 as well as some thoughts about the device.

Check out the video and if you have a 9700, this app is a must-have. Good job on the video too TeleNav, really high production quality.

We’re also giving away 3, 1 year subscriptions to TeleNav GPS Navigator. Just comment what you think of the Bold 9700 and we’ll select 3.

UPDATE: Thanks for participating everyone. The winners will be contacted shortly.

BlackBerry Bold 9700 questions answered

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When we first posted impressions of the BlackBerry Curve 9700, we asked BlackBerry Cool readers what they would like to know about the device. We have taken some time to post more pictures of this device, and answer some of your questions.
Click through to read more about the BlackBerrry Bold 9700

T-Mobile BlackBerry Bold 9700 impressions, video and pics

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The BlackBerry Bold 9700 is the latest update to the Bold series and it’s all the specs you would expect from a Bold device, slightly upgraded and in a smaller form factor. Like many of the devices we have been seeing from RIM lately, it is a hybrid device, combining the power of the Bold with the design of a Curve 8900.

The Bold 9700 from T-Mobile ships with OS 5.0.0.330, which is a welcomed update to the device. What is less positive about the launch is that the device doesn’t ship with the latest version of BlackBerry Messenger. The T-Mobile Bold 9700 ships with BlackBerry Messenger version 4.7.0 rather than 5.0 (this is based on the device I’m holding in my hand). Ideally, T-Mobile and RIM would have at least had a warning message of some sort that tells users where they can get the latest version of BBM.
Click through for more impressions, pictures and video of the Bold 9700

The BlackBerry Bold 9700 pricing details

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RIM have officially announced the BlackBerry Bold 9700 and it’s one of the best devices in their product line. Of course, everyone is excited about the BlackBerry Storm 2, but they serve very different markets. The Storm 2 is a device for the consumer market, while the 9700 would be better suited for enterprise.

The official press releases for the Bold 9700 from Rogers and AT&T, included pricing for the device and they differ slightly in their promotional offerings. The BlackBerry Bold 9700 will be available from Rogers in the coming weeks for $299.99 on a three-year voice and data activation with a minimum monthly service plan of $45.

The BlackBerry Bold 9700 will also be available from AT&T but for only $199.99 (pay $299.99 and receive $100 mail-in-rebate).

T-Mobile and Bell have not announced what they will be selling the device for but it’s likely to be around the same price as AT&T and Rogers. The question is whether they will force users to mail in their rebate, or offer an entirely different promotion.

Be sure to check out the T-Mobile site for the Bold 9700 as it has some incredibly ostentatious marketing.

The BlackBerry Bold 9700 is official for Rogers, Bell, AT&T and T-Mobile

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Now this is how you handle a launch. Carriers across North America have coordinated and announced the BlackBerry Bold 9700. This is going to be the best BlackBerry of 2009, hands down. The Bold 9700 is the updated version of the Bold 9000 and it is everything you loved about the first Bold, but packaged in a tighter form factor.

The carriers that have announced the device include Rogers, Bell, AT&T and T-Mobile.

We’re expecting availability around early November and until then, you can see the official site for more details.

Carriers and third parties need to prove they can restore our data

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Recently, T-Mobile USA had to admit that they lost personal data belonging to Sidekick customers and only a small fraction of it could be recovered. The news resulted in damaging PR for the carrier, as well as tangible financial losses as they offered customers a $100 customer appreciation card, in addition to a free month of data service.

This news, while it did not affect BlackBerry users, leaves us wondering just how secure is our data? A BlackBerry can store your data, back it up to a computer, or connect to a server such as Rackspace, which can offer Microsoft Exchange storing and restoring of your data. App World adds a new dimension to our data storage as we now have a plethora of applications taking control of our data storage and restoration as well.

As applications become increasingly popular, with data being increasingly stored on the cloud, we are trusting these organizations to keep our personal data safe.

When speaking with Jasmine Noel of Ptak, Noel and Associates, it became very apparent that there doesn’t seem to be any standards associated with data storage and restoration. While carriers and third parties are increasingly taking control of our data, there is very little in the way of ensuring that your data is in good hands. It all comes down to trust, but that simply isn’t enough.

Getting a best practices and standards system could really address this issue but it isn’t easy. We want to know that if we are entrusting our data to a company, that they can be relied on to restore said data. When the Microsoft Danger servers that were charged with restoring Sidekick data failed, we found out there was no backup system in place and that the data resided on the cloud, with little ability to be restored. We could have avoided this with more transparency.

We want IT professionals to get together and understand what their back up and restore capabilities are. Do they test their processes internally? Can we see the results?

Now, some will take the opinion “if it’s important, you should never trust anyone else to hold it for you.” This is a solid argument but it’s not conducive to growing the industry. Consumers and enterprise should both be able to trust their service providers to hold data for them without having to have a redundant storage process. It’s this trust that is going to propel the smartphone industry forward, but service providers need to earn that trust.

So I put the question to you: Do you trust third parties to be able to restore your data? What proof do you have that they deserve this trust?