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BlackBerry Curve 8350i OS 4.6.1.128 officially available

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Sprint BlackBerry Curve 8350i

Great news for recent BlackBerry Curve 8350i users having problems enjoying some iDEN PTT goodness. Sprint has officially released OS 4.6.1.128 for the Curve 8350i, which should fix many known issues (minus the ‘echo effect’ issue, which I’m told will be taken care of in a future release). To download the OS update, hit the either the Sprint or direct BlackBerry link below. To figure out what to do after that, read our OS upgrade how-to (Telus 8350i users may find this particularly interesting, as it contains instructions on how to use an OS build other than your carriers for upgrade goodness).

Direct BlackBerry.com OS 4.6.1.128 Download
Sprint OS 4.6.1.128 Download
HOW TO UPGRADE YOUR BLACKBERRY OS

Handmark buys FreeRange

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MocoNews is reporting that Handmark has purchased software developer FreeRange for an undisclosed sum. FreeRange is a mobile RSS applications firm with a fairly popular RSS reader, but I find them more exciting for their work on the Wall Street Journal and AP News applications.

FreeRange has said it will use the additional resources from Handmark to expand its video support, and iPhone and Android support, but I’m hoping they’ll put their magic touch on Handmark’s own PocketExpress application. The AP News app developed by FreeRange is clean, pretty and slick, and I’d love to see a rebuilt PocketExpress from the ground up.

|via MocoNews|

OS 4.5 available for Sprint BlackBerry Curve 8330 and Pearl 8130

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Nan PalmeroWhen you see Nan Palmero punching out the air like a BlackBerry-enhanced Adonis, it can only mean one thing: OS 4.5 is available for your BlackBerry. Today it’s the BlackBerry Curve 8330 and BlackBerry Pearl 8130 on the Sprint network. We have a quick rundown of new features in OS 4.5, as well as download instructions for your BlackBerry enjoyment.

OS 4.5 Features and Improvements:

    OTASL (Over The Air Software Loading) This enables all future versions of handheld software to be downloaded and installed wirelessly

    MMS (Audio, pictures, text, or all three in the same message)

    Docs to Go (device-side Word, Excel, and Powerpoint document editing capabilities)

Sounds pretty great, right? Download instructions for BIS and BES users are after the jump. We’ve also heard that OS 4.5 will be released for the BlackBerry 8830 in a few weeks, with an 8703(!) release coming at the end of Q1.

Thanks for the tip, Rob!

OS 4.5 download instructions

Do you need Obama-level BlackBerry security?

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Barack Obama

Roy Bragg of the San Antonio Express-News has written an article investigating the security surrounding President Obama’s BarackBerry and how that is juxtaposed against the needs of the common BlackBerry user. Unfortunately, Mr. Bragg was unable to interview any BlackBerry experts, so I had to pinch hit. My take on the matter is that one should be more worried about losing their BlackBerry than having it’s transmissions swiped over the air:

The biggest threat, however, is physical — a lost or abandoned handset can be opened and its contents divulged.

Most handsets have built-in password protection, and Microsoft Office documents can also be created with password protection. Older e-mails and documents should also be deleted at regular intervals rather than being archived on the device.

And to protect the device even more, it’s a good practice to keep sensitive data on a remote computer, accessible only while the phone is logged onto the secure network. Blackberry users can buy software such as SmrtGuard, which can back up data, shred sensitive data, and can be tracked or shut down via GPS if it’s stolen.

It’s a well-written piece and poses an interesting question: are you more concerned about losing your BlackBerry or having it ‘hacked’?

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Visual Voicemail coming to AT&T BlackBerry Bold

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BGR has grabbed some screenshots of BlackBerry Visual Voicemail running on an AT&T BlackBerry Bold. Apparently, this feature will make its way to AT&T via OS 4.6.0.219. No word yet on when AT&T will roll out the OS update or if they’ll charge for it (it’s AT&T, what do you think?), but we’ll keep you in the know once we hear something. For now, you can see more of what BlackBerry Visual Voicemail will look like after the jump.

BlackBerry Bold Visual Voicemail screenshots

Deltacom Offers BlackBerry 8830 and Curve 8330 for SMBs via Simpli-Mobile

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DeltaCom, Inc., a leading provider of integrated communications services to customers in the southeastern United States, today announced that the BlackBerry 8830 World Edition and BlackBerry Curve 8330 from Research In Motion are now available to Deltacom customers as part of its Simpli-Mobile offering for small and medium sized businesses.

“The BlackBerry solution is a natural fit with our extensive portfolio of integrated technology and communications solutions, keeping Simpli-Mobile customers connected and productive,” said Lee A. Kimball, Deltacom’s Senior Vice President of Marketing. He added, “We are able to offer Deltacom Simpli-Mobile users a complete BlackBerry solution, which includes mobile service, hosted Microsoft® Exchange and POP email, so they can stay connected to their business.”

For more information, visit DeltaCom’s web site at http://www.deltacom.com.

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