Research In Motion appears to be getting ready for yet another Blackberry launch; this time with Sprint. A Blackberry clamshell, earlier termed Style, and now starting to be called the Oxford appears to be all set to launch on Sprint later this month. The new Blackberry Oxford will run on Blackberry OS 6, include a 5-Megapixel camera and will have a full QWERTY keyboard with a track-pad interface.
From what we hear, this new Blackberry Oxford should go on sale starting the 31st of October at a price of $99.99 – that’s after all those mail-in rebates and signing of two year contracts. If you are instead looking for an unsubsidized price, then you can go for it at a price of $399.99.
The device is expected to come in grey during launch though a purple variant is expected to be available later on.
Research in Motion Blackberry scores really high on business users. But despite attempts made by the company to shrug off the business-user tag, the company has not come a long way in this direction so far. In this regard, I think the recent launch of the official ESPN Radio app for Blackberry is pretty significant. This is not only indicative of the growing usage of Blackberry phones by the not-so-business-savvy user, but also contributes towards making the Blackberry appealing to the general audience.
As you may have expected, the new ESPN Radio app is not free and costs $2.99 to purchase and download from the Blackberry AppWorld. But for this one-time charge, you should be able to access plenty of official ESPN radio content from
ESPN Radio Network Feed
ESPN Deportes Network Feed
KSPN – 710 AM Los Angeles, CA
KESN – 103.3 FM Dallas, TX
WMVP – 1000 AM Chicago, IL
WEPN – 1050 AM New York, NY
WTEM – 980 AM Washington, D.C.
WKNR – 850 AM Cleveland, OH
WWGK – 1540 AM Cleveland, OH
WEFL – 760 AM West Palm Beach, FL
WAUK – 540 AM Milwaukee, WI
WTLX – 100.5 FM Madison, WI
WHBO – 1040 AM Tampa, FL
WHOO – 1080 AM Orlando, FL
KIRO – 710 AM Seattle, WA
KKEA – 1420 AM Honolulu, HI
WENJ – 1450 AM Atlantic City, NJ
KLAA – 830 AM Anaheim, CA
WRGM – 1440 AM Mansfield, OH
KEPN – 1600 AM Denver, CA
WNXX – 104.5 FM Baton Rouge, LA
KKXS – 96.1 FM Redding, CA
Interested? Hit the link here to go ahead and purchase.
The Blackberry PlayBook already appears to have attracted business users and heavy gamers into its fold. Now according to an announcement from Kobo, the device is also expected to cater to the book lovers. The company has revealed that the new Blackberry PlayBook device shall come pre-installed with Kobo’s eReader application that will instantly give users access to over 2.2 million books on the Kobo digital library. In addition to the access to the library, the Kobo app for Blackberry PlayBook will also feature a social eReading functionality that will let users interact with the Blackberry Messenger social platform while reading books from Kobo. I’m not sure how useful this “industry first” functionality is going to be, but nevertheless, it does sound interesting.
The Kobo application will come with sophisticated search functionalities that will let users search, buy and download books right from the PlayBook without the need to connect to a computer to do so. Can’t wait for the PlayBook to launch!
Research in Motion unveiled their new PlayBook tablet computer earlier this week. The tablet is reported to come with twin 1GHz processors, a 1GB RAM, a 7″ display with 1024×600 pixel resolution, 5MP and 3MP camera on the rear-side and front, a QNX mobile OS and HDMI output features. With these splendid features on board, the price is definitely going to seal or break the deal.
According to John Jackson, an analyst at CCS Insight, the new Blackberry PlayBook could be priced between $300 and $350. Now let’s be fair; this is his personal speculation. But if Jackson’s statements turn out to be true, then the device could find itself to be aggressively positioned between the Samsung Galaxy Tab and the iPad. While the Wi-Fi only versions of the iPad are priced close to the $500 mark, the 3G-enabled Samsung Galaxy Tab is expected to be available at $300 after a carrier subsidy. With the PlayBook though, it could end up being all the more attractive considering that the device does not come with an independent data plan and is supposed to come paired with the user’s Blackberry plan. From that viewpoint, a $300-$350 price range is very attractive.
The Wall Street Journal has an interesting piece of article that claims that Research In Motion could be unveiling its upcoming tablet computer – known as BlackPad to some and Surf Book to others – as early as next week. The newspaper’s sources have claimed that the actual launch could happen in the fourth quarter of this year; a no-brainer considering that the quarter begins in just over a week from now.
What’s interesting is that RIM could actually do away with the Blackberry OS on the tablet computer and could instead go with a completely revamped operating system built by QNX. QNX is a maker of operating system software that is used in a wide array of industries and the company was acquired by RIM not so long ago. Indications are that Waterloo could move towards incorporating this new OS – touted to be a worthy competitor to iOS and Android – on the upcoming Blackberry handsets as well.
As of now, the company has not given any hint about the upcoming release. Let’s wait for an announcement then.
Waterloo based Research in Motion is reported to have filed a new trademark with the Canadian Intellectual Property office for “Surf Book“. The application is pretty generic in that it does not specifically state that this could be tablet computer but from the looks of it, it is possible that RIM might name their upcoming tablet computer SurfBook.
This comes a couple of months after reports suggested that RIM had registered the BlackPad.com domain name giving rise to speculations about the name for the new tablet. For what it’s worth, SurfBook.com currently does not resolve to anything and doesn’t seem to be owned by the same people that own BlackPad.com
It is also worth noting that RIM has not filed the application for SurfBook with the USPTO as yet though it is always possible for them to file one at a later date. Which of the two names is better in your opinion? BlackPad is sure to help RIM gain a brand identity that Surf Book may not offer.
Looking for a nice way to mount your Blackberry Torch for a quick view even as you get your device charged on the move? The new iGrip charging dock is pretty, and useful. Made specifically for the new Blackberry Torch, users may mount their phone on to the dock (that needs to be plugged to the vehicle charger for power) and clamp it to begin charging the device. The mount also comes with a useful swivel top so that the phone display can be adjusted to a convenient user angle. Additionally, the swivel also helps the Torch to be rotated for landscape and portrait view. Thanks to the suction-holder model, you can pretty much mount the unit anywhere on your car.
The iGrip charging dock for Blackberry Torch is manufactured in Germany and is available at a price of $37.95.
StarBucks, the Seattle based coffeehouse has announced the release of its new StarBucks Card application for Blackberry phones. This is the second mobile platform for which a mobile app is released by the company. Last September, the company announced its first iPhone app by the same name.
The app works similar to a pre-paid card and can be downloaded free of cost. While it does not cost anything to download, users will however need to refill their app with money in order to begin using the app as an alternative to paper money while visiting a StarBucks joint. Besides offering an alternate payment channel, the StarBucks Card app also lets users locate nearby StarBucks joints, check for rewards, etc.
The app may be downloaded on your Bold, Curve, Tour or Storm by texting GO to 70845. Download the app offer your feedback in the comments section below.
The Blackberry Torch comes with a 624MHz processor and quite evidently, this is not in the same league as the 1GB and above processor speeds that you find on many other modern day smartphones from HTC and Samsung. However, users are noticing performance levels on the Blackberry Torch is much worse than what you can expect. Several users on the Blackberry Support forums are noticing lags, random hanging and freezing on their handset.
One user writes,
“I’m also experiencing this. I have made sure to close every application that could be closed on the phone, and I have seen that opening things like the options, or trying to hit the end button the exit messages is very slow. Also just trying to open an application like test messages takes forever sometimes. Not all the time, but it’s very sporadic. My BB Bold 9700 was super fast all the time. I’m a little frustrated with this lag all the time. I even did a battery pull to try and fix it, but that didn’t do anything.”
No words of acknowledgement from Blackberry so far, but the issue does not seem to be occuring on all the Torch handsets either. So, we are assuming this to be an isolated glitch, for now.
Are you facing this issue?
Are you having trouble sending email over the Blackberry Enterprise Server? AT&T’s business tech support group has been offering video-based how-to support over YouTube for sometime now and the team has this week posted a good video tutorial on how to go about troubleshooting your problem.
The solutions offered include basic troubleshooting options like checking out whether terms like GPRS, EDGE and 3G are entered in the appropriate upper-case format and also teaches you how to enable enterprise activation. It’s a short video that will give you a brief of the basic steps involved. Of course, if these steps do not help you out, you could go ahead and call the AT&T tech support.
Nevertheless, check the video out for the “first-aid” steps. Is there any other troubleshooting step you would add?