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It'd be cheap, do little, but do it well and do it securely. It'd be affordable enough to be a second phone, a work phone. And BlackBerry's CEO wants it bad.
Yesterday, BlackBerry fans got a whole bunch of new ROMs to test out, with leaked versions of OS 126.96.36.1997 surfacing for a number of handsets. In the past, we’ve gotten out first look at new BlackBerry OS features through similar leaks, as we did with the introduction of wireless hotspot mode and, more recently, with new power-saving settings. Now, OS 188.8.131.527 is beginning to share its own secrets, revealing the addition of DLNA-compliant media streaming.
So far, media streaming has been confirmed when using the latest leaked OS on the 9900 and 9810, but it’s [...]
The introduction of new features to RIM’s BlackBerry OS has a way of catching us off-guard. We’re not talking about major releases, mind you, but the company has a way of dropping new features as components of ROMs that often leak out in advance. That’s just what happened with BlackBerry OS 184.108.40.206 for the Bold 9900 last fall, which quietly added support for a WiFi hotspot mode. Today, we learn of a new BlackBerry feature in just such a manner, upon the discovery of a battery saving mode in OS 220.127.116.11.
The update leaked out yesterday for the Bold 9790. [...]
With plenty of new phones on their way to the major US carriers in the coming weeks and months, it should be no surprise that we’re seeing them take steps to help push sales of existing models while there’s still an interest in them. The latest to reveal its plans for a Valentine’s Day sale is T-Mobile, and it puts forth a compelling if not extremely time-limited offer.
This Saturday, February 11, for one day only, T-Mobile will be selling its entire stock of 4G smartphones for free-on-contract. Additionally, the same savings will be available for select [...]
How well has your BlackBerry Bold 9900 been holding up to abuse? We try to be as gentle with our smartphones as possible, but accidents have a way of happening despite our best intentions. If you’ve got a Bold 9900, have you noticed it rolling with the punches, or is it already starting to show signs of battle damage? The subject comes up tonight thanks to a newly-leaked document which appears to recognize a design fault in older shipments of 9900s, and offers an extended warranty to compensate.
The interesting thing about this warning is that the design flaw supposedly [...]
A couple days ago, we brought you news about a leaked RIM roadmap, supposedly outlining the company’s plans for the remainder of the year, including the introduction of the first BlackBerry 10 hardware around September. That gave us a nice, general idea of what to expect, but if you were curious to take a peek at RIM’s plans with a little more detail, a leaked series of slides has now been published that gives a closer glimpse than ever at what are apparently RIM’s intentions for the remainder of 2012.
While we heard about plans for the introduction of two [...]
Trying to keep track of the current state of mobile payments via NFC on smartphones can be enough to drive you nuts. What should be a thriving development community is instead hampered by restrictions largely imposed by carriers. While they’ve hemmed and hawed about compatibility issues (and a cynical mind might just think they’re desperate to monetize the feature), we’ve seen some very slow progress towards a workable payment system with enough support to stand a fighting chance. One of the players still trying to come out on top is Visa, whose payWave system has [...]
BlackBerry users on Sprint got themselves a little bit of a pre-holiday treat when the carrier released BlackBerry OS 7.1 updates for the Bold 9930 and Torch 9850 midway through last month. If, on the other hand, you’re a Verizon subscriber, you’ve probably been impatiently tapping your foot, wondering just when your carrier would get with the program and update your BlackBerry as well. The good news is that your wait is nearly over, as Verizon has updated the support documentation for its own versions of the Bold 9930 and Torch 9850, suggesting that the BBOS 7.1 update is [...]
After the phone was formally unveiled in October, we finally learned some additional launch details for the Porsche Design P’9981 BlackBerry just last week. We knew it would be expensive, but were nevertheless taken aback by the jaw-dropping nearly-$2000 price tag. Whatever feelings we might have had about the interesting design departures from traditional BlackBerry models just took a back seat to the reality of the handset’s luxury pricetag. For those of you without a trust fund dedicated to your smartphone purchases, there’s now at least one way you can get a piece [...]
Along with all the mainstream BlackBerry models we saw RIM release in the second half of this year, there was one decidedly odd-looking handset that first popped up in a few mysterious pictures. It looked so unlike the styling of any existing BlackBerry, that we struggled to know what to make of it. Luckily, the story behind it came out soon enough, and the phone was officially revealed to the world in October as the Porsche Design P’9981. After taking some to let the phone grow on us, we began to see the appeal of what’s essentially a Bold 9900 with an eye-catching, unique [...]
A leaked ROM introduced us to wireless hotspot support on the BlackBerry Bold 9900 last month. Since then, we’ve seen that feature make its way into official releases and start to go out to phones. The latest carrier to bring the release to its RIM devices is Sprint, which has started distribution of BlackBerry OS 7.1 for the Bold 9930 and Torch 9850.
It almost feels like wireless internet sharing should be a standard feature in smartphone at this point in time, but sure enough, the past several months have seen the feature enabled via update in Windows Phone handsets, and [...]
It’s not often that we tell you about leaked ROMs for BlackBerry devices, if only because we see so very many released, and nearly always they consist of very small changes barely bumping-up the version number. Today’s a different story, and the BlackBerry Bold 9900 ROM that just leaked includes a new WiFi hotspot feature.
The build is BlackBerry OS 18.104.22.168, and it’s so fresh to arrive that we’re still waiting to hear back reports from 9900 owners who have had a chance to install it and see if there are any other goodies waiting. MobileSyrup notes that [...]
RIM may find itself the subject of a good deal of criticism thanks to its hardware choices that seem to lag behind the rest of the industry, but that’s not entirely fair. In certain areas, RIM is much closer to the edge of innovation, and its embrace of NFC support is certainly one of them. While there hasn’t been much you can do with the hardware just yet (at least partly due to conflicts with carriers over enabling the feature), it speaks to the company’s forethought that it’s at least included, and we’ve already heard about some interesting [...]
If you were hoping to rather get yourself a white variant of the BlackBerry Bold 9900 on T-Mobile — just because it appears that white is the new thing — you’re lucky as the carrier will soon get the pale flavored phone.
There’s no information regarding the white BlackBerry Bold 9900 on T-Mobile’s website yet but according to the picture above, snapped off of a flyer sent to customers together with their bills, the phone is coming soon. As with the case of the black Bold 9900, the white will go for $299 after rebates and signing of a two-year [...]
The BlackBerry Bold 9900 and its 9930 cousing, while new models running RIM’s latest BlackBerry OS 7, are plagued with a couple of issues, according to recent reports. Users are complaining in the official BlackBerry Support Community and reporting dead devices.
RIM made an official statement letting the world know that a “limited number of customers have reported an issue where their device does not power on”. No further details were made public, but, as usual, RIM is “actively working on a software update to resolve this issue.” With the recent [...]
A couple of days ago AT&T finally announced the availability of the new BlackBerry devices, among which the BlackBerry Bold 9900 which will hit the stores on November 6 for $199.99 with a two-year contract.
With just two days to go until you can pick up the Bold 9900 we can now take a look at the retail packaging, as pictured above. This is what to look for if you want the BlackBerry OS 7-powered device with a 2.8-inch touch screen in addition to the classic BlackBerry QWERTY keyboard, 1.2 GHz processor, 768 MB RAM, and 8GB of onboard memory.
After announcing its new 4G BlackBerry line-up back at the beginning of August — consisting of the Torch 9810, Bold 9900, and Torch 9860 — AT&T has now unveiled the price and availability of the BlackBerry Bold 9900, Torch 9860 and the Curve 9360.
All of the aforementioned phones run BlackBerry 7 OS and take advantage of AT&T’s 4G HSPA+ network. The Bold 9900 will be available from November 6 for $199.99 with a two-year contract; the same date and conditions apply for the Torch 9860 which will set you back $99.99 with signed agreement while the Curve [...]
White smartphones may not be to everyone’s taste, but it’s nice to at least have the option. We’ve talked before about some of the reasons we’re fans, like a lessened tendency for fingerprints to show on their surfaces. Just a few weeks back, we caught a glimpse of a BlackBerry Bold 9900 tricked-out in white and wondered when we might see a chance to get our hands on the phone. Now the white 9900 has shown-up for pre-orders, and it’s brought a few friends along with it.
UK retailer Phones4u has updated its site with a handful of white BlackBerry [...]
Will RIM be releasing an alternate version of the BlackBerry Bold 9900 adorned in white? Back in July, while checking out an early 9900 that found its way onto eBay, we took a look at an aftermarket case for the phone in white. That gave us a sense of what to expect, but what we really wanted was some sort of confirmation from the manufacturer. We still don’t have such assurances, but a new picture of a white 9900 has been recently disseminated; could official word be near?
The image comes form a tech expo in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and it certainly looks a whole lot [...]
Remember that really-odd-looking BlackBerry that showed up late last week? Supposedly the Bold 9980, the phone followed the basic layout of the 9900, but adopted a harsh-looking metal exterior. We’ve since heard some new rumors that hope to nail down just what this model is, and also gotten a chance to see the phone on video.
It’s starting to look like this really is a legit BlackBerry, rather than some kind of counterfeit look-alike. Supposedly, it’s got the code name Knight and may be a special edition phone released with Porsche branding. If that’s to [...]
Of all the new RIM hardware that we’ve been seeing lately, the Bold 9790 codename Bellagio – has been one of the most elusive. After seeing it in photographs back in May, it drifted off our radar for a while, only to reappear in late July in some new video clips. Now we have some new pics to check out, comparing the phone against the recently-released Bold 9900, as well as some information on the handset’s hardware specs.
Like previous models in the 9700 series, the 9790 offers a smaller-form-factor alternative to larger Bolds like the 9900. Not that [...]
A series of images has been floating around today of what’s purported to be the BlackBerry 9980, a cousin to the recently-released Bold 9900 and 9930. While there plenty of similarities, some radical design decisions leave us with a smartphone unlike any other BlackBerry we’ve come across before. Is it a prototype, a counterfeit device, an elaborate case mod, or something else altogether?
Much of the phone’s external hardware lines up with that of the 9900, suggesting they’re based on the same components. The handset is apparently running BlackBerry OS 7, [...]