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EMS and Warid bring BlackBerrys to Pakistan

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In an announcement similar to the one made by ACS in Alaska (just for the other side of the world), Emitac Mobile Solutions and Warid Telecom announced the launch of a trio of Blackberrys for all Zem prepaid users in Pakistan. Zem users now have access to the BlackBerry 8820, BlackBerry Pearl 8120 and BlackBerry Curve 8310.

Chief Executive Officer of Warid Telecom, Marwan Zawaydeh, said, “Warid Telecom has one of the largest GPRS/EDGE networks in Pakistan and is focused on providing the latest innovations to our valued users. Since prepaid connections are the priority for the majority of users in Pakistan, we are introducing the BlackBerry solution with prepaid options for them. It helps bridge the digital divide for the majority of people in the Pakistani market. Our loyal Zem prepaid users will be the first in Pakistan to enjoy the benefits of BlackBerry smartphones.”

Follow the link for more information on Warid’s Zem prepaid program, and view the full press release after the jump.

(via RIM)

Warid Telecom BlackBerry press release

BlackBerry Cool Podcast: Episode 31

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BBCoolThis week the BlackBerry Javelin dominates our attention, but of course there’s always something going on in India. Rogers also got some new data plans which just fall short of unlimited, but also offer the BlackBerry 8820, which will nicely take advantage of their UMA service. To cap it all off, we shift gears away from developer interviews, and chat with two specialists out of California: Brian Boxer Wachler, eye specialist; and Glenn Cohen, hand surgeon. Learn not only the physical effects of your BlackBerry habits, but what the experts have to say on device design. Grab the MP3, yoink it off iTunes, or pilfer the podcast from our RSS.

Rogers BlackBerry 8820 available?

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There have been reports that the Wi-Fi-packing BlackBerry 8820 is hitting Canadian carrier Rogers today. There hasn’t been a press release, nor is the device showing up on the online store, but let’s face it, the clandestine BlackBerry launch is Rogers’ forté. Although it might be a little late to the game, the Wi-Fi would fit right into Rogers’ recent UMA service, the Home Calling Zone, which would let you shoot your calls over the internet and save your mobile minutes when you’re at home. The trusty ol’ BlackBerry 8800 is listed as out of stock, which is a pretty good sign that it’s being retired in favour of the newer model. It’s hard to imagine that anyone will bite at the 8820 with the Bold right around the corner, especially if the 8820 has a $349 price tag (on 3 year contract, no less). Any Canadians out there want to swing by their Rogers outlet and see if they’re in?

AT&T launches AT&T Navigator

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AT&T has teamed up with TeleNav to launch a branded GPS service on a wide range of smartphones. It comes with everything you’ve come to expect from a GPS suite: written and spoken direction, access to points of interest, even gas prices and traffic information. Uniquely to BlackBerrys, speech recognition is also available, allowing you speak the name of a business or address for turn-by-turn directions. The whole thing comes with a $9.99/month price tag, and is available on the 8310, 8800 and 8820. They’ll be demoing the whole deal in booth #3428 at CTIA, so give us some impressions if you get a chance to check it out.

T-Mobile manages to launch 8820

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T-Mobile has finally announced the launch of the BlackBerry 8820, after a rather lengthy delay. The 8820 features both GPS and Wi-Fi capability, a rarity in BlackBerrys, and is available from T-Mobile’s store in a midnight blue finish. The colouring is also rare for an 8800-series, what with Verizon’s red 8830 being the only precedent. Now let’s see if T-Mobile can manage the same feat with the 8120.

8820 available from T-Mobile on the 24th?

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It was rumored in early February that T-Mobile would be releasing the Wi-Fi equipped, Hotspot@Home compatible 8820 on March 5th. They obviously missed that date, putting an ominous looking TBD as the availability date. Thankfully, Engadget noticed that they’ve apparently settled on a March 24th release.

BlackBerry 8820 coming to T-Mobile?

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T-Mobile 8820The rumors are a-flying of T-Mobile getting the Wi-Fi BlackBerry that graced AT&T’s shelves back in September. The BlackBerry 8820 is expected around March 5th., just a little under a month away, and should be compatible with T-Mobile’s Hotspot @Home and likely the Talk Forever program they’re testing out in Dallas and Seattle.

DecalGirl skins the BlackBerry 8800 series

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Our buddies at DecalGirl released skins for the 8800 series last Friday, and they’re looking great. Even for a businessy BlackBerry, it’s nice to get a little bit of extra style to set you apart from all the other suits. I’m still packing the Dante skin on my Pearl, and it’s providing a surprising amount of protection, even on the backside where it gets the most damage. Speaking of the Pearl skins, they’ve all been marked down to $5.99 a pop, including the 8130 models, so get ‘em while they’re hot. Remember, all the skins also come with a matching background you can download for extra effect.

BlackBerry 8120 hits India

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Airtel 8120Another Pearl hits the streets today: the BlackBerry 8120 through Indian carrier Bharti Airtel. The Pearl will be joining Airtel’s recently released 8820 in offering Wi-Fi BlackBerryage to the masses. This one is going with a steely titanium finish, versus O2’s blue release yesterday. India’s a huge growth market, as we’ve seen in the past, and bringing the newest devices over there means good business for RIM. Thanks Stefano!

New Otterboxes!

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After scoping out BerryReview, we got wind that OtterBox has got some new goods on the way: a Curve and a Pearl case. These are following the lead of the 8800 case we reviewed not too long ago, and it’s great to see the form factor continuing. These cases have 3 layers - clear plastic for covering the keys and screen, followed by a hard plastic shell, then a rubberized skin on top for impact absorption and grip. OtterBox does great stuff, and you can get your preorders now at $49.99 each. Expect them to ship around October 31st.




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