RIM Introduces New BlackBerry Bold Smartphones

New BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930 smartphones are the thinnest and most powerful BlackBerry smartphones yet, featuring the BlackBerry keyboard together with a brilliant touch screen and the New BlackBerry 7 OS. Basically the same phone the 9900 will be for GSM carriers and the 9930 is a world phone for the CDMA carriers. Check out all the details in the press conference below-Bill

Waterloo, ON – Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today unveiled two new BlackBerry® BoldTM smartphones. The high-performance BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930 smartphones feature a stunning and iconic design that integrates an incredibly easy-to-use BlackBerry keyboard with a brilliant, high resolution, capacitive touch screen. These exceptional smartphones are built on a new, performance-driven platform powered by the BlackBerry® 7 operating system and designed to deliver the ultimate in communications, multimedia and productivity for users around the world.
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RIM Announces New Facebook App for BlackBerry PlayBook

Tomorrow in Orlando Florida Blackberry World will officially open. As you can imagine, Blackberry World talks about where Blackberry has come from, where it is currently and where it is going. Of course, it is also a forum for RIM to announce it new products and services. Below is a press release for the new Facebook app on the Playbook. Also check out the link to Blackberry World towards the end of the release.-Bill

Waterloo, ON – Following on the success of the Facebook for BlackBerry® smartphones app, Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced Facebook for BlackBerry® PlayBook™ — a new app that delivers popular features of Facebook, optimized for the 7″ high resolution, multi-touch LCD display of the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet.

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Verizon doc suggests BlackBerry PlayBook, HTC Trophy and Xperia Play ‘coming soon’, prices LTE tablet data and intros 4G netbooks

What happened to the HTC Trophy, long overdue on Verizon 3G? How about the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, mysteriously missing a Verizon release date long before Japan’s catastrophe? Will Verizon commit to carrying the BlackBerry PlayBook this year? Just how much will LTE data cost for the Xoom and its tablet friends?

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Blackberry Playbook Review Videos Show Some Great Potential

I know you are saying “Bill, not another Blackberry Playbook video.” Yes, I did repost the unboxing and iPad2 comparison videos. However, both of these videos really give you a good sense on whether the Playbook is truly worth looking into as you shop for a new tablet.

The first videos are from Aaron at phonedog.com. Aaron goes deep into the Playbook and just about every aspect of what this tablet can do.

The second (or actually third since Aaron’s is a 2-parter) from Jon at technobuffalo.com gives you an amazing amount of information in about half the time.

Both videos are worth a look and will give you some excellent information. Here is an article from Wireless Week that also gives you a real good look into the Playbook and why you may want to take a second look: Review: Making a Case for the Misunderstood BlackBerry PlayBook

PlayBook’s first-day sales outdo Galaxy Tab and Xoom, analyst says

BlackBerry PlayBook sales hit 50,000 for the first day of sales on April 19, including pre-sales, an analyst at RBC Capital Markets estimated.

Overall, Research in Motion (RIM) is on track to sell 500,000 PlayBooks in its first fiscal quarter ending in May, analyst Mike Abramsky wrote in a note to his clients that was reported in the Montreal Gazette.

Abramsky’s staff checked 70 retails stores and found 11% of the locations that stocked the device had sold out. “The launch appears to have been stronger than the launch of Motorola’s Xoom or the Samsung Galaxy Tab, although it’s too early to judge sustainability,” Abramsky wrote.
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iPad 2 vs. BlackBerry Playbook

RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook has finally hit store shelves, and it’s time for the inevitable comparisons to begin. While there are several tablets for it to compete with in the market already, of course the first one everyone will think of is Apple’s iPad 2 as it currently is the dominant player.
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Blackberry Playbook Tablet hits 20,000 Retail Stores Today with Unboxing and First Look Video

Here is a great unboxing and first look video from Aaron at phonedog. I am sure there will be review and comparison videos to follow.

Starting today RIM is selling the Blackberry Playbook through Best Buy, Office Depot and up to 20,000 retail locations. The prices are $499 for the 16GB, $599 for the 32GB and $699 for the 64GB. As of now it will only be available in a Wi-Fi version.

The Blackberry Playbook release can truly be titled “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly”. Let me get the specs out of the way first and then I will explain why or why not you will want to get the Playbook.
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BlackBerry owners on AT&T unable to install Bridge [UPDATED]

Today’s the big day: months after the BlackBerry PlayBook was originally unveiled, RIM’s first entry into the tablet market is finally available to Joe Consumer. Unfortunately, if Mr. Consumer happens to be an AT&T user, he may have some trouble downloading and installing BlackBerry Bridge, which allows a user to access their email, calendar, and BBM on the PlayBook. For reasons unknown, anyone rocking an AT&T BlackBerry will be met with the message above when trying to download Bridge from the App World. The folks at CrackBerry think the issue here is that ATT doesn’t like the fact that Bridge allows the user to tether their phone’s Internet connection to the PlayBook free of charge. Luckily, a workaround has been discovered. If you picked up a PlayBook and want to Bridge it with your ATT ‘Berry, check out the download links right here.
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BlackBerry 6 OS (finally) available for Bold 9700 on T-Mobile

To all the fine folks carrying T-Mobile’s BlackBerry 9700, we commend your patience. As your friends and co-workers enjoyed BlackBerry 6′s spoils: keeping up on social feeds, enjoying a deeper and more fluid search, and — oh yeah, a WebKit browser — you’ve begrudgingly contained your jealousy, applying theme after theme in desperate hope to make your phone feel new again. Sure, you knew 6.0 was coming, but after a long, long wait, even the inevitable becomes questionable — which makes us happy to announce that your BlackBerry 6 OS is now just a download away. So go ahead, cruise over to T-Mobile’s website and soon enough you’ll be cracking jokes with the best of ‘em (at the expense of Tour owners, that is.)

2011 Wireless Smartphone and Traditional Mobile Phone Satisfaction Studies-Vol. 1

Social Media Use Drives Higher Satisfaction among Owners of
Smartphones and Traditional Mobile Phones

Apple Ranks Highest in Customer Satisfaction among Smartphone Manufacturers,
While Sanyo Ranks Highest among Traditional Mobile Phone Manufacturers

Overall satisfaction with smartphones and traditional mobile phones is considerably higher among owners who use their devices for social media activity, compared with satisfaction among owners who do not access social media platforms on their phones, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2011 U.S. Wireless Smartphone Customer Satisfaction StudySM—Volume 1 and the J.D. Power and Associates 2011 U.S. Wireless Traditional Mobile Phone Satisfaction StudySM—Volume 1, both released today. Read the rest of this entry »