Crackberry Owners willing to trade for iPhone

An interesting article by Arstechnica state that 40% of Blackberry users are willing to trade in for an iPhone. Does this mean Obama’s BlackBerry endorsements are wearing off?

The more likely scenario is that RIM is unable to keep up with features consumers want more of that are incorporated in the iPhone and Android. To muddy the waters even more, Windows Mobile 7 has been rebuilt from the ground up and will become more of a threat in 2010 to BlackBerry business. In fact, I know several gigantic enterprises that have switched from RIM to Microsoft’s Mobile devices porting apps and removing all traces of RIM from the environment.

It seems current iPhone and Android users are happy with their device as 90 percent plan to stick with their current platform for their next upgrade.

FUEL BlackBerry and iPhone Cases – Recharge Your Phone

iPhone FUEL Case

Looking back at some of the portable charging devices we’ve featured over the years, there really hasn’t been one as useful, and perhaps as elegant (that might be subjective), as this. Whilst providing your BlackBerry Bold 9000 or iPhone 3G with a rubber protective case and belt clip, it also has a built in battery to keep your phone going for up to an extra 20 days (BlackBerry) or 250 hours (iPhone) via its built in rechargeable battery which can be activated with the touch of a button.

Many people have to swap batteries constantly to keep their phones going but this does take you offline for a few moments which can be a pain – it’s either that or buying an unsightly solar charger like above!. The FUEL keeps you going without any delay in services and can even be charged simultaneously with your phone by simply plugging it into the wall socket. On the iPhone, docking doesn’t have to mean ditching the case either – it can all be done through it.

Time for the icing on the cake – every purchase comes with a free $5 Starbucks giftcard.

More info from the manufacturer (BlackBerry)

Price: $79.99
(Please note prices are subject to change and the listed price is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of posting)


Mobile phones like the blackberry & iphone can be bought through

SlingPlayer Mobile for Blackberry is officially out

Sling just announced that SlingPlayer Mobile (SPM) for Blackberry is no longer in beta and is now an official product. SPM for Blackberries is $29.99 and you can trial it for 30 days.

For US customers, SPM is currently supported on the following devices:
    * BlackBerry Bold from AT&T
    * BlackBerry Curve 8900 from T-Mobile*
    * BlackBerry 8820 from AT&T*
    * BlackBerry Curve 8320 from AT&T*
    * BlackBerry Curve 8320 from T-Mobile*
    * BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 from T-Mobile*
    * BlackBerry Pearl 8120 from AT&T*
    * BlackBerry Curve 8350i from Sprint Nextel*

The ones that are starred are supported by SPM when used with their Wi-Fi connection.

SPM is available as an over-the-air download from

Obama Still Fighting for Blackberry

Only last week Obama expressed his desire to hang on to his Blackberry:

“I’m still clinging to my BlackBerry. They’re going to pry it out of my hands,” Obama said in a broadcast last week televised by CNBC. “You are interacting with people who are outside of the White House in a meaningful way.”

The concern with Obama continuing to use a Blackberry centers around the fear of the device being hacked. McAfee has detected only a few attacks against the RIM device which is credited to the unique network controlled by RIM. While US engineers might be able to build a Blackberry that uses higher levels of encryption than RIM and the wireless carriers, without this special version Obama’s message cannot have confidence of privacy.

“If Obama uses a vanilla BlackBerry, he should use it with the assumption that the world will read it,” said Entner, the analyst. “His counterparts in the capitals of several countries will read it.”

Research In Motion (RIM), the manufacturer of the Blackberry, has enjoyed an increase in sales thanks to Obama’s free publicity.

Read more on The Seattle Times.

#CES09: Palm Announces Pre – raw specs

Here are the raw specs on the just announced, soon to be released cell phone handset from Palm. Stay tuned for another post on our thoughts on the product (hint: we love it!).

  • 3.1 inch HVGA (320x480px) capacitive multitouch touchscreen with gesture area
  • slide-out QWERTY keyboard
  • GPS
  • 3 Megapixel camera
  • 8GB internal memory
  • 802.11b/g Wifi
  • microUSB connector
  • user replaceable battery
  • new Web-centric Palm OS (named appropriately webOS) that offers true multitasking
  • integration of messaging (text, IM, Facebook, etc.) in 1 application without needing to switch between various apps
  • slide out QWERTY keyboard (yet still same weight as an iPhone)
  • development for apps uses HTML, CSS, & Javascript
  • curved shape (not perfectly flat)
  • Proximity sensor, which automatically disables the touch screen and turns off the display whenever you put the phone up to your ear
  • Light sensor, which dims the display if the ambient light is dark, such as at night or in a movie theater, to reduce power usage
  • Accelerometer, which automatically orients web pages and photos to your perspective

SlingPlayer Mobile for Blackberry – public beta starts today

Sling Media is rolling out a SlingPlayer Mobile for the following Blackberry models: BlackBerry Bold, BlackBerry Curve 8900, BlackBerry 8820, BlackBerry Curve 8320, BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220, BlackBerry Pearl 8120.

It’ll probably run on Blackberrys running on EDGE, but it’ll probably suck b/c EDGE networks are just too slow.

Head to the beta site for more info and downloads.

Truphone – softphone for cell phones

Truphone is a free software app for your mobile phone that routes your calls over the Internet. These calls are made using VoIP using your phone’s WiFi connection and even Nokia and Blackberrys can make calls via Truphone’s network without a WiFi conn.

In case you’re wondering what’s in it for Truphone, their business model is to charge lower rates than your mobile provider, particularly for international calls or calls made when you’re roaming abroad.

List of supported devices.

More info from the manufacturer

Price: Free for software. Call Rates start at $0.06/min.
(Please note prices are subject to change and the listed price is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of posting)

Nokia buys the rest of Symbian; will open source it

In a somewhat surprising, yet not so surprising move, Nokia bought up the rest of Symbian that it didn’t already own and will open-source the cell phone OS platform. Why? This is the strategy du jour in this age of Linux vs Microsoft, and now Android (Linux basically) vs iPhone/Win Mobile/Blackberry.

It’s a $410 million gamble for Nokia, but not a bad risk. Open-sourcing products many times results in amazing contributions and improvements to the products which in turn fuel sales of hardware, software and services surrounding that product.

Time will tell how Nokia fares. This writer thinks this will certainly help to keep Nokia firmly in the top tiers of the cell phone handset industry.

Latest Blackberry rumor – iPhone lookalike

Rumor on the streets is that Blackberry is readying an iPhone lookalike with the focus being on having a full touchscreen, which would be a major departure from the traditional full QWERTY keyboarded Blackberry we’re all used to seeing.

This may be called the Thunder, and may have EVDO and HSPA capabilities. I guess we’ll see!

That’s not a real image, btw, just a mock-up.

via Boy Genius Report

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