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Review — Voice on the Go

Jul 18: 

It goes without saying that all enterprise BlackBerry users are looking for ways to increase their uptime (although we’re sure that even enterprise users wouldn’t mind sweet ringtone action to go along with their uptime). For those among us who face long commutes to work or other car travel, those tiresome hours stuck behind the wheel can be an uptime/productivity killer.

Fellow Canadians Voice on the Go offer hope for wearied travelers with their hands/eyes-free solution that gives users voice access to their email, calendars, and contacts while driving. We’ve wanted to get our hands on Voice on the Go for a long time (and so have our readers), so check out our full review below.

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RIM announces BlackBerry 8820

Jul 18: 

Wi-Fi is on the way! On top of that, we’ve got microSDHC support for storage up to 32 GB. That’s a lot of data to cram onto a fingernail.

Weekly Contest - Australia laments “To 3G or to not 3G?”

Jul 13: 

There are rumors abound of a 3G BlackBerry… When will it happen and who will get it? Post your thoughts to win 3 games from Bplay!

Plazmic Content Developer’s Kit v4.2.2 released

Jul 20: 

Listen up devs and artists, there’s a little upgrade to the Plazmic CDK out, and word has it that developing BlackBerry 8800 and BlackBerry 8300 themes is now supported. There are some functionality changes behind the jump, and a few known issues they’re still working on. Rumor has it v4.3’s coming sometime this September, which will be packing some pretty huge changes. Keep an eye out.

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Weekly Contest - Wi-Fi and Carriers

Jul 20: 

With the impending BlackBerry 8820 coming, concerns are growing about how carriers will change their billing model to accommodate the new data pipe. No doubt the feature will enhance the flexibility with which owners can use their BlackBerrys, but carriers still need to have their hand in your pocket to keep business going. As something we’re generally used to having open access to, the very idea of someone charging a premium just to connect to your own wireless network seems profoundly absurd. Is it possible that they’ll meter data traffic, even if it’s on a completely separate service? More optimistically, there’s the option for savings - carriers which also offer internet access could toss in free BlackBerry Wi-Fi as a bundled deal. So, BBCool readers, this week we ask: how will carriers adapt to Wi-Fi on handhelds? Will it be an opportunity to milk the cash cow, or a nice perk to throw users’ way? Or will it not change a thing? This week’s winner will win 3 ringtones from Bplay.

LAST WEEK’S WINNER is David, for giving us a clear view of Austrlia’s wireless landscape, and why a 3G BlackBerry down under is an entirely likely possibility. We’ll set you up with your three games from Bplay post-haste. To everybody else who posted, thanks for your two cents, and we’ll hopefully see you again this week!

Verizon pays Broadcom for chips, skips Qualcomm

Jul 20: 

Sprint and Qualcomm might be getting chummy to slug it through this power management chip ban in the U.S., but Verizon’s going with the other side, and is liscencing Broadcom’s opposing patents for $6 per 1xEVDO device. Broadcom stands to make up to $200 million from the deal, maxing out at $40 million per quarter. With that, it sounds like everybody’s got their tag teams set up and the battle lines are drawn. In the red corner, we’ve got Qualcomm and Sprint, in the blue corner Verizon and Broadcom. Bush has sent an aide to look over the International Trade Comission ban, which could end the fight early if in Qualcomm’s favour, and should have an answer by August 6th.

Full press release behind the jump.

Idokorro gets Vodafone seal of approval

Idokorro gets Vodafone seal of approval Jul 20: 

Gold starHometown company Idokorro received Vodafone Certified Application status yesterday for their Mobile Admin software. From the sounds of it, having a Vodafone Certified Application is a lot like being in RIM’s Independent Software Vendor Alliance.

As a Vodafone Certified Application, Idokorro Mobile now has access to Vodafone UK’s technical expertise and will be recommended to appropriate customers by Vodafone UK account managers. Idokorro Mobile Admin will be identified by the “Vodafone Certified Application” brand logo. This will allow Idokorro to benefit from Vodafone UK’s position as the UK’s largest mobile network operator, offering its customers in-depth support and peace of mind when deploying new mobile applications.

Good stuff, guys. You get a gold star.

U.S. gearing up for first-to-file patent standard

Jul 20: 

Between the NTP scuffle and this new one with Minerva, RIM might be able to skip all the paperwork simply by filing their patents first, according to some new changes in U.S. legal system. If all goes according to plan, patent litigations could be resolved solely based on who filed the patent first, rather than who was the first to invent the technology in question. The movement’s getting mixed reviews from industry. Big companies like RIM are in a good spot, because each devices has so many associated patents, that should even one be objected to, the entire device is mired in legal trouble. Biotech companies, which rely conversely on single patents, could see their funding diminish since the patent’s worth would only be established by review after the application.

Bermuda confiscates BlackBerrys

Jul 20: 

If you happen to be a Bermudan living it large in a tropical paradise, maybe laying low from tax evasion but still have business abroad, you’ll want to make sure you’ve got your BlackBerry registered. Why? Bermudan customs officials will confiscate the thing on re-entry. Either that, or they’ll slap you with an import fine that’s being equally applied to mobile phones and all electronic devices as well. Of course, if you’re just visiting for vacation, all you have to do is register your gadgets for the initial entry, and you’ll get a yellow slip confirming ownership. Still kind of harsh on the locals, don’t you think? Is there danger of a big electronics smuggling ring in Bermuda?

Previously on BBCool

Recent patent turns BlackBerrys into handcuffs

Jul 19: 

A new patent from RIM would lock down devices that were out of wireless connection range, and give you an alert on your BlackBerry. Nifty.

Bondholders angry over Bell acquisition

Jul 19: 

Shareholders are plenty happy about Bell getting bought out, but bondholders are getting proportionately screwed over.

Data revenues to outpace voice in India

Jul 19: 

Not only are predictions putting the Indian market at $25 billion by 2011, but a decent chunk of that is going to be in data traffic.

Vodafone’s Q1 results up thanks to India

Jul 19: 

The acquisition of a chunk of Hutch is bearing fruit for Vodafone. Meanwhile, stakeholders continue to nag Voda to drop Verizon.

BlackBerry 8820 in Europe and enterprise

Jul 19: 

Wi-Fi on a BlackBerry means cutting usage costs and higher service accessibility, which means different things for different people.

New troubleshooting software to keep your BES and BlackBerrys up and running

Jul 19: 

35$ is a small price to pay for keeping a thousand employees’ BlackBerrys functioning.

One more Mac tethering solution

Jul 19: 

We posted two ways of doing it yesterday, so here’s another for good measure.

Database software released for BlackBerry

Jul 18: 

DDH has announced new database software that will let you access, input, share and export data from your BlackBerry.

Inner Mongolia doubles GSM capacity in isolated areas

Jul 18: 

The best part is that the hardware that allowed the increased service didn’t put a dent in their costs.

RIM keeping operation centres in Canada

Jul 18: 

Norm Lo lays down the law once more, telling press that there won’t be any network operating centres in Asia anytime soon.

Widespread Canadian EVDO Rev. A confirmed

Jul 18: 

The rollout is confirmed, so any 8830-carrying Telus subscribers should be on the lookout for a software upgrade.

ThoughtPiece: The Hedgehog Concept

Jul 18: 

RIM’s succeeding at doing one thing really, really well. Is that enough to keep competitors at bay?

RIM announces BlackBerry 8820

Jul 18: 

Wi-Fi is on the way! On top of that, we’ve got microSDHC support for storage up to 32 GB. That’s a lot of data to cram onto a fingernail.

Enterprise customers turn to WLAN if cell carriers don’t do the job

Jul 17: 

Indoor base stations and and IP Multimedia Subsystems may be the clincher in the enterprise market.

BlackBerry tethering software for Mac on the way

Jul 17: 

There’s already some dial-up networking software out there, but now there’s another option for Mac users.

T-Mobile pulling BlackBerry 8800 off shelves to make room for Wi-Fi model?

Jul 17: 

Maybe it’s just a temporary stock issue, but maybe it’s a sign of things to come…?

Singapore to get BlackBerry 8300

Jul 17: 

Singtel and StarHub should be getting the Curve real soon. There’s one more notch on RIM’s belt.

NTT DoCoMo bringing language support to BlackBerry 8707

Jul 17: 

Announced earlier last month, NTT DoCoMo will be releasing Japanese display and input for the BlackBerry 8707 next Monday.