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Mobile Providers Are Increasingly Selling Devices in Strange Places

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Increasingly, wireless providers are selling their devices in places you wouldn’t expect people to purchase them. The most recent example of this is a 7 year deal struck by Mobilicity with 7-Eleven in which the provider’s phones will be sold in the chain’s convenience stores in three Canadian cities. Who walks in to a 7-Eleven for a Slurpee and walks out with a Bold 9700?

There are several similar stories like the Mobilicity deal. Wind Mobile partnered with Blockbuster to offer mobile devices in movie rental outlets. Rogers sells devices in Shoppers Drug Mart and Bell and Telus sell devices in Black’s retail outlets. Even the grocery store chain Loblaws is beginning to sell mobile phones.

Other places you can purchase a BlackBerry include Amazon, Best Buy, Wal-Mart etc.

So where did you buy your BlackBerry? Would you ever buy one at a grocery store or 7-Eleven?

BlackBerry Bold 9780 Available Across Canada: Rogers, Bell, TELUS and Virgin

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Rogers let us know that they’ll be carrying the BlackBerry Bold 9780. This means that the Bold 9780 will be launching on virtually every Canadian carrier including Bell, TELUS and Virgin. The device looks like a small upgrade to the Bold 9700, and it would have been nice to see something with a bit of a larger leap forward. In any case, this is nothing new and it’s always been RIM’s strategy to take small incremental bumps over long leaps.

RIM Releases a Few Details About the BlackBerry Torch OS 6.0.0.246 Improvements

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We recently wrote about the official OS 6.0.0.246 for the BlackBerry Torch and RIM has sent over a few vague yet helpful notes about the latest update. It’s hard to be motivated to update your OS when RIM or the carriers don’t tell you what has been improved, but it looks like .246 has some worthwhile improvements. Some of the performance improvements include:

  • Browser – faster page loading and improved panning
  • User input – handled more efficiently, improved responsiveness after unlocking device
  • Applications – faster launching, exiting and switching
  • Home Screen – faster rendering and smoother transitions when switching between panes
  • Media – faster rendering of thumbnails in picture application
  • Email/Messaging – faster and smoother scrolling in message list and when reading email
  • Voice- Software improvements for improved audio quality

To grab the update for your Torch, head over to blackberry.com/updates.

BlackBerry Torch 9800 Gets OS 6.0.0.246 Update for All Major Carriers

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Fairly recently, TELUS, Rogers and AT&T have all released an updated OS 6.0.0.246 for the BlackBerry Torch. The Torch, while it’s a really cool BlackBerry, comes with some new software that isn’t completely ready. The first iteration, 6.0.0.141, had some pretty serious bugs in it, including glitches in the scrolling and sometimes critical screen failures. The latest update is pretty massive, 177.78MB from TELUS, and hopefully it comes with some serious improvements.
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UPDATED: TELUS BlackBerry Torch Now Available to Business Clients and Consumers

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TELUS now has the BlackBerry Torch 9800 available to business clients with 5 or more employees. The device is also available to consumers for $199.99 on a 3 year term. After waiting for the BlackBerry Torch to hit Canada on September 24th, it’s great to see the device spreading fast albeit pushed back a little.

Sign up to get the TELUS BlackBerry Torch for your business.

More about the Torch for consumers.

TELUS BlackBerry Torch Now Available for Pre-Order

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TELUS is offering pre-orders of the BlackBerry Torch but it could be just for enterprise customers as the notice went out to business clients and the form connects you with a “solution specialist”. There are a lot of small businesses that are going to love the Torch, because it’s a great combination of fun and business. With the Torch, you get the easy navigation of the Storm, with the productivity and keyboard of the Bold. We’re expecting the TELUS Torch to launch on September 24th.

Head over to TELUS to pre-order the Torch.

Read our review of the BlackBerry Torch.