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BlackBerry Bold in New Zealand retails for $1,199

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Telecom New Zealand and RIM have announced the BlackBerry Bold will be available on Telecom New Zealand’s XT Mobile Network from 29th May 2009. The good news is that the Bold will be running on XT’s HSDPA high-speed mobile network. The not so good news is that the device will cost $1,199.

Personally, I’m not one to comment on device price and there are a few reasons. Although the Bold sells to many consumers, it is still a device for executives. An executive isn’t going to blink at $1,200 for a powerful mobile tool. Another reason not to comment on price is that if someone is willing to pay the price, can it be considered overpriced? At some price level you optimize sales, and I’m going to give RIM and Telecom New Zealand’s economists the benefit of the doubt and assume this is where that optimization point is.

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BlackBerry 8110 launched in New Zealand

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KiwiVodafone has busted out the GPS-enabled Pearl in New Zealand for $899, alongside a new navigation service dubbed Compass which will be free until the end of October if you sign up before the end of July. After that, Kiwis will be looking at $2.50 or $10 per month. Outside of GPS, the BlackBerry 8110 touts all the usual features, like a 3.5mm headphone jack so your standard headphones can fit in there no problem, externally-accessible microSD slot for easy memory card swapping and a 2 megapixel camera with video recording. Of course, there’s always the 8310 available if you’re digging the full keyboard. More details on New Zealand’s 8110 here.

Hey, speaking of New Zealand, have you guys heard of Flight of the Conchords? Of course you have, my bad.

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BlackBerry 8830 coming to New Zealand

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KiwiKiwis rejoice, the BlackBerry 8830 is coming your way from Telecom New Zealand. Previously, Vodafone usually brought the BlackBerrys in, who’s currently carrying the Pearl and GPS Curve, but now New Zealanders will be able to enjoy a bit of variety in their BlackBerry options. On top of the device, Telecom will also be offering BES service to any corporate customers looking to get a BlackBerry rollout.

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BlackBerrys suceptible to Trojans?

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A presenter at Kiwicon, a security conference in New Zealand, recently showed how easy it is to set up a Trojan virus on a BlackBerry. Given this involves installing the client-side program in the first place, Graeme Neilson from Aura Software Security makes it sound like a piece of cake.

“But all code that runs on Blackberrys is signed, right? Yes, Neilson says, but the maker of the portable device, Research in Motion (RIM), isn’t too fussy about who it sells certs to. If you want to get your Trojan code signed to run on a Blackberry, just go to the Research In Motion Web-site, plug in your details, pay a fee and voila! You’re in business.”

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Maybe the French are right

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You know, maybe BlackBerrys aren’t really fit for upper-level government work. Turns out New Zealand doesn’t use BlackBerrys for transmitting any information above bottom-rung security clearance, and having heard a thing or two from government employees here in Ottawa, I can tell you the Canadian government works the exact same way. As for France, the statement quoted from Alain Julliet is actually two years old, and applies to the security risk posed by all mobile devices, which seems only reasonable. So when RIM says that governments have “given the system their accreditation“, they might be milking it just a little.

Maybe this gap could provide an opportunity to RIM…

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