The Verizon BlackBerry Tour 9630 (with and without a camera) has been given an End of Life and will be receiving “limited shipments from the vendor”. This is a little surprising as the device is only about a year old. Regardless of what RIM marketing says, the BlackBerry Bold 9650 is the updated Tour and it looks like Verizon doesn’t want the first Tour around anymore. It’s really a shame that the original Tour wasn’t launched with a trackpad and WiFi because it would have probably had a longer life cycle.
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The BlackBerry Storm 3 specs are very much a rumor right now but there are a few interesting talking points worth mentioning. The major rumors here are that the Storm 3 will feature upwards of 1GB of flash memory, a 1GHz processor, a new OS (not OS 6 but rather an OS on its own) and it could be one of the first LTE devices on Verizon’s upgraded network.
Other rumors about the Storm 3 include:
- Tested in a very private beta to prevent leaks.
- Currently disguised as a Storm2 in case an engineer gets drunk and leaves it at a bar.
- 8GB internal memory.
- Lots of personalization and the ability to run widgets.
- The screen will be something we haven’t seen yet. It could be a Synaptics touchscreen that would make for a much “lighter” touch experience.
So far it sounds like the new Storm is going to be something very different than its predecessors. Hopefully this new OS is something that will mean more apps, usability and overall a better end user experience.
The Verizon Bold 9650 is for sale online at $149.99 with a 2 year contract and a $100 online discount. In general, the Bold 9650 is a very solid QWERTY device with double the memory of other modern BlackBerrys (512MB). It’s not clear what devices will be getting an OS 6 upgrade, but if memory is any indication than the Bold 9650 is definitely a contender. Our fingers are crossed.
This is my first WES conference and I’m still in the process of understanding what it’s all about. A lot of the people here, nearly everybody, are dealing with the medium / large businesses. For example, the T-Mobile booth was focusing not on devices, but on their international presence as well as the small business teams they have. Its the same with AT&T and Verizon, where they don’t talk about which phone, as the phone models themselves aren’t important, but about how they sell services to help you mobilize.
WES 2010 makes it very clear to enterprise that what’s important is how to organize, “securitize”, and reduce cost on your business, and how the BlackBerry solution is the best. There are hints and talks of Android, iPhone, and WinMo (though very little on poor Windows) being part of the conversation here, but everybody realizes that the model of the phone itself doesn’t matter. What’s important is the back end. On that note, everybody loves the BES solution. I’ve met with a couple of people from a healthcare group last night at the big party when Beoudin Soundclash was playing, and they were at WES to shop around to find a software solution to integrate in their 3500 BlackBerry setup. They currently use a few web apps, but they were here to see if some of the companies here had a better program to use inside their network.
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Even though it feels like the SuperBowl just came to a close, it’s not too early to start getting excited about the upcoming season. With the NFL draft right around the corner, Verizon Wireless has released its NFL mobile app to bring you the latest in football news.
In addition to NFL RedZone, live Sunday Night and Thursday Night games, and NFL Network, other features of NFL Mobile on Verizon Wireless will include:
- Video: Game highlights and an extensive collection of on-demand video featuring analysis and inside access from NFL Network and NFL Films.
- Audio: Live radio broadcasts of every regular season and playoff game from both home and away teams.
- Fantasy: Access to fantasy information, news, and player and team statistics.
- Customizable NFL alerts, ringtones and graphics.
Verizon have officially launched OS 188.8.131.527 for the BlackBerry Storm2 9550 and it looks to be a good update overall, except if you’re someone who uses BlackBerry Messenger Groups. Many users are reporting that they can’t get the keyboard to appear with 184.108.40.2067, which is a deal breaker for a lot of people. If you’re not a BBM Groups user, you can expect a faster browser, some extra free space, and some enhancements to the virtual keyboard (other than in Groups). In order to download this update OTA, you will have to be running official software.