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Verizon Developer Conference: Some Thoughts on the V CAST App Store

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We’re here at the Verizon Developer Conference and there the V CASt App Store is probably the most relevant topic for BlackBerry developers here at the show. Hit up after the jump for the good, the bad and what we can expect from the V CAST app store.
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RIM and Verizon Announce the BlackBerry Curve 3G

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Today, RIM and Verizon announced the BlackBerry Curve 3G. The Curve 3G 9300 features, of course 3G, but it’s also BlackBerry 6 compatible. With the 8520 floating around for a little cheaper, users will have to make up their mind about whether the price increase is worth the BlackBerry 6 potential and 3G. If you’re in the market for a Curve, you might as well spend the little bit extra up front to get these features.
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Verizon Deploys Open Source Database Perst Lite for Field Technicians with BlackBerrys

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Verizon has recently deployed the Perst Lite object-oriented, open source embedded database system from McObject in BlackBerry software for service and repair technicians. The application will eventually be rolled out for use by thousands of Verizon personnel. The company has said that they have sold up to 5,000 licenses of Perst Lite to Verizon, which is a great deal for any organization.
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Verizon Now Offering Prepaid Data and Voice Plans for BlackBerry

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Verizon has made their prepaid data plans official and they’re looking very affordable. For $30 per month, you get unlimited data which supports Verizon’s Curve 8330, 8530, Storm 9550, Tour 9630 and Bold 9650. The plans are all set to go live on September 28th, 2010. Verizon’s prepaid system also includes talk minutes for 25 cents per minute and 20 cents per text message.

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My Verizon Account Management App Updated with Storm Support and More

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The My Verizon account management app has been updated with more features to help you manage your account. The My Verizon app, as well as the Rogers equivalent, are great moves on the part of the carrier because it helps their customers save money by managing their minutes, and helps the carriers because it leads to great customer satisfaction.
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Verizon End of Life Document Shows 9550 and 8530 Ending Fall 2010

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A leaked Verizon End of Life document shows the various Verizon BlackBerrys and when they’re marked for death. The BlackBerry Storm2 and Curve 8530 are next on the list and will be terminated as of the Fall of 2010. The exact dates are October 10th for the Storm2 and September 16th for the 8530. Generally, it looks like BlackBerrys are targeted at having about a year long shelf life, since the Bold 9650 is targeted as having an End of Life around March 31st, 2010.