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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.

More information about prepaid BlackBerry plans available from Verizon.

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.

Exceed 160 Character SMS Limit with Beyond160 – Updated With OS 5 Support

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Up until fairly recently users have been asking us where to get an app that allows someone running OS 5 to send more than the CDMA defined 160 characters in an SMS. Beyond160 has been a great app for allowing users to do this but it was not available for OS 5 devices – until now. Beyond160 lets users on Verizon, Sprint, Alltel, US Cellular, Bell, Telus etc. exceed their 160 or 140 character SMS limit. When your SMS field is full, simply hit Menu>Go Beyond160 and you can continue typing as long as you like. This app also lets you send to multiple recipients or groups you’ve created.

Check out Beyond160 in the store as it comes with a fully functional 14-day trial.

[Thanks for the tip Tom!]

Verizon Giving End of Life Status to Storm2 9550 and Curve 8530

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Verizon may be giving the BlackBerry Storm2 9550 and the Curve 8530 an End of Life. This seems like a very fast EOL notice considering these devices are less than a year old, so it makes you wonder what’s going on behind the scenes that would lead to this. Both of these devices have updates on the way, with the Curve 9300 acting as a replacement for the 8530 and the Storm2 is getting a refresh for BlackBerry 6. The exact details of the End of Life notices are as follows:
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Verizon Launches V Cast App Store with 1-Click App Purchasing

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Verizon has began to roll out its V Cast Apps on select BlackBerrys such as the Bold 9650, Storm2 9550, Curve 8530 and Tour 9630. The V Cast Apps store is going to provide users with a convenient way to purchase applications and add them to their monthly bill. Carrier billing is said to come with App World 2.0, and it looks like Verizon has beat them to the punch. If your BlackBerry is compatible and on BIS, you will receive an icon pushed to your device that links to V Cast Apps.

With such convenient app purchasing, it should be interesting to see how it affects App World numbers. Verizon has also claimed that their V Cast Apps has attracted several thousand developers. Developers selling apps on V Cast Apps will receive 70% revenue share on their apps, making it an attractable sales channel.