Christmas will be here before you know it so you had better get your holiday shopping done. If the people on your shopping list are still rocking that old flip phone that was cool two years ago, it’s time for an upgrade. AT&T is offering some deals on popular smartphones and feature phones for the holidays including several half off Blackberry devices and a free Samsung Solstice.
Celio have finally released their software driver for BlackBerry owners wishing to use the company's REDFLY "Mobile Companion" device. Announced back in September, the new software means the BlackBerry's display can be replicated on the netbook-sized REDFLY C8N and C7 terminals, with users able to take advantage of a larger keyboard and a trackpad for navigation.
Celio are still attempting to carve out a niche for themselves in the "smartphone companion" segment, and to do that they've expanded support from Windows Mobile to BlackBerry handsets. Select RIM smartphones can now link up to Celio's REDFLY netbook-style terminals, giving users a bigger display and larger keyboard for easier messaging, working and internet browsing.
Themes are a natural thing now a days, especially for mobile phones. Because let's face it, no matter how awesome your phone is, some times you just want a change of pace. And while some companies may get all up-in-arms regarding themes making it to other devices, the truth is that themes don't hurt anyone. Seeing an HTC Hero theme placed over a jailbroken iPhone for example does not add some of the better features of the phone, like multi-tasking or the notifications bar. All it does is make the iPhone look different. And now it looks like the BlackBerry 8900 is ready to leap tall buildings in a single bound...
RIM have officially announced the BlackBerry Curve 8520, the handset formerly known as the BlackBerry Gemini. Set to land on both T-Mobile USA and Vodafone UK next month, the Curve 8520 is the company's latest non-3G smartphone, complete with a full hardware QWERTY keyboard, optical trackpad for navigation and a 2-megapixel camera.
There's also a 320 x 240 display, Bluetooth and WiFi. A microSD card slot and 3.5mm headphone jack round out the specifications, while the battery is good for 4.5hrs of talktime or 17 days of standby. While many may scoff at the absence of high-speed cellular connectivity, the success of other 2.5G BlackBerry handsets such as the Curve 8900 shows there's still a demand for straightforward, solid messaging-centric smartphones.
It seems like every new smartphone has a big leak these days and the BlackBerry Tour from RIM is no different. In fact Kevin Byrne, an insider from Verizon, told The Boy Genius Report that this smartphone will be launching on July 13th.
A pre-production BlackBerry Curve 8520 has fallen into the esteemed hands of CrackBerry, and they've done the honorable thing and thoroughly reviewed it. Intended as an entry-level handset, the EDGE-only Curve 8520 - aka the BlackBerry Gemini - isn't going to impress in the smartphone playground when it comes to features, but that doesn't stop it from being quietly competent when it comes to build and hand-feel.
A video demo of the upcoming BlackBerry OS 5.0 has been released, with a leaked version of the platform running on a Curve 8900. Anyone hoping for huge changes will be disappointed; there are some neat tweaks such as a new media memory display, trackball flicks through photo slideshows and changes to the browser which should make it more impressive against that on rival platforms.
Sling Media have released the official SlingPlayer Mobile app for BlackBerry, which allows RIM smartphone users to stream content from their Slingbox directly to their handset. As well as watching streams, users are also able to add and edit Slingboxes and Channel Favorites directly from the mobile app.
The BlackBerry SlingPlayer Mobile application was launched as a beta release at the end of last year. Downloads until now have been free; however this official release is priced at $29.99 with a 30-day free trial.
Don't ask where they got it, and don't ask how, but CrackBerry have acquired a pre-release BlackBerry 9630 Niagara last seen cavorting on a leopard-skin rug. The 9630 is a CDMA combination of the Bold, Curve 8900 and Storm, with the most obvious tweaks being to the size and the keyboard (both in-between the 8900 and the Bold) with the processor and radio of the CDMA Storm. CrackBerry certainly seem impressed.