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BlackBerry Introduces The BlackBerry 9720

BlackBerry 9720

Today BlackBerry has officially launched the BlackBerry 9720. Granted the smartphone is new to the BlackBerry line-up it doesn’t scream wow. It falls into line with the older BlackBerry smartphones.

The BlackBerry 9720 comes equipped with the famous QWERTY keyboard, 2.8 inch touchscreen display, 806 MHz Tavor MG1 processor, a 5 megapixel EDOF (Extended Depth of Field) camera and running Blackberry 7.1 OS.

BlackBerry BBM Key

Some new features have been designed into the BlackBerry 9720 like a dedicated BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) key as a shortcut to the application and your even able to share pictures right from the camera. Just one touch allows you to send your photo to the popular social networks you use.

The BlackBerry 9720 will be available in 5 different colors black, blue, pink, purple and white. Color choices will depend on carrier. No pricing on the handset has been released at the moment, but I’m sure more details will surface soon.

BlackBerry Z10 Available For Pre-Order Tomorrow On Verizon

BlackBerry Verizon

Verizon is set to accept BlackBerry Z10 pre-orders starting tomorrow March 14th at 8:00 AM Eastern Time. The BlackBerry Z10 will come in white or black and will be available online or in Verizon Wireless stores starting March 28th.

Priced the same as AT&T, the BlackBerry handset will be $199.99 with a new two-year agreement. You can follow this link to get your pre-order in.

Specifications:

  • 4.2-inch LCD display
  • 1.5 GHz dual-core CPU
  • 8 megapixel rear camera with LED flash
  • 2 megapixel front-facing camera
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 1800 mAh Li-Lon battery (removable)
  • 32 Gb of storage

BlackBerry Z10 Sets Sales Record At Rogers

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Looks like BlackBerry got off to good a start in Canada with the launch of the BlackBerry Z10 as Rogers has reported, “it was the most successful BlackBerry launch ever”. Rogers has been selling BlackBerry devices for 14 years dating back to 1999 when BlackBerry devices first launched.

Rogers shared with Berry Review that “some stores have temporarily sold out of the BlackBerry Z10 and additional inventory has been shipped to Rogers retail locations across Canada.”

It’s good to see BlackBerry doing well in their home country and I know BlackBerry fans in the U.S can’t wait for the BlackBerry Z10 to become available. Many unlocked devices are popping up on eBay and being sold for upwards of $2,000 to U.S. customers not wanting to wait.

U.S. customers are still looking at a long delay of approximately the last week of March to get their hands on a device. If the rumors are true T-Mobile will be the first carrier in the U.S. to carry the Z10. We also understand the Q10 is about 10 weeks out from its appearance at a carrier.

The BlackBerry Z10 And Q10 Get Introduced

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Well, it’s the moment all BlackBerry fans having been waiting for, the announcement of the BlackBerry 10 devices. The new BlackBerry 10 handsets are the BlackBerry Z10 and Q10.

Both smartphones are identical on the inside, but different when it comes to screens and keyboards. The Q10 will have the famous QWERTY keyboard giving the handset a smaller display at 3.1 inches while the Z10 has a 4.2″ display with a virtual touch screen keyboard.

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Below are specifications for both the BlackBerry Z10 and Q10:

  • 4.2-inch LCD display with 1280 x 768 resolution (Z10)
  • 1.5 GHz dual-core CPU
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 8 megapixel rear camera with LED flash
  • 2 megapixel front-facing camera
  • 1800 mAh Li-lon battery (removable)
  • 32 GB of storage

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The BlackBerry Z10 will be the first of the two smartphones to arrive starting in the UK tomorrow. Canada will be second on the list starting February 5th and then UAE starting the 10th of February.

All four major carriers Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile have announced that they will be carrying the BlackBerry Z10, but no release dates as of yet.

T-Mobile’s Fall 2012 Roadmap Leaked

If you are interested in what T-Mobile has in store for you over the coming months, TmoNews was able to get their hands on T-Mobile’s roadmap of upcoming devices.

There seems to be a little bit of everything on the list Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry. Take a look at the list and see what’s on the way.

  • BlackBerry Armstrong – 10/24
  • Samsung Galaxy S II Color Refresh – 10/29
  • Huawei Summit – 10/31
  • LG Optimus L9 – 10/31
  • HTC Windows Phone 8X – 11/14

Nothing too exciting here, we have known about most. One day soon we should see an iPhone on the list.

RIM’s New BES 10 To Work On All BlackBerry Devices

Research In Motion has announced that the upcoming BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) 10 is going to work with all current BlackBerry devices on the market as well as legacy devices. BES 10 will launch at the same time as the first BlackBerry 10 smartphone early next year.

There was concern that two separate servers may be needed to support the new BB 10 devices as well as supporting the older devices in an organization. This will take some pressure off of IT departments evaluating staying with the BlackBerry platform. Now we just wait and see what the final implementations of BB 10 and Enterprise Server look like.

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RIM Giving Away A BlackBerry Bold 9900 A Day

If you’re a BlackBerry user and looking to update your “out of date” device, starting today RIM (Research In Motion) is giving away a BlackBerry Bold 9900 a day until May 31st.

In a bizarre twist there is only two ways to enter the contest you either need to own a BlackBerry with data service and BBM or break out that pen and paper and mail in an entry. I am guessing RIM figures anyone who already owns a device other than a BlackBerry is never coming back so why waste the effort.

If you are so inclined to enter the contest you can get full details via this link.

 

BlackBerry 10 Developer Debut

BlackBerry World 2012 and BlackBerry 10 Jam have taken off today in Orlando, Florida. RIM wasted no time showing off what they have in store for us as the company unveiled its vision for the BlackBerry 10 platform and released the initial developer toolkit for the native QNX based operating system and HTML5 software development.

Focusing on RIM’s vision of the BlackBerry 10 platform the company showed off the BlackBerry 10 developer alpha device, which will be RIM’s first handset to run the same OS as the BlackBerry PlayBook. The device has a 4.2-inch display with 1280 x 768 resolution, 16 GB of storage, 1 GB of RAM, an HSPA+ radio, a mini HDMI port and microSD card slot.

 

RIM even showcased the functionality of the basic controls, were gestures / swiping reveal notifications and allow users to move easily through applications. We also got a look at the touch keyboard that provides word prediction as well alternate keys. While the developer unit is total touchscreen RIM tried to preserve the look and feel of the famous BlackBerry keyboard by spacing the keys the same as current physical keyboard models.

 

Users will be able to look forward to some game playing as RIM announced that they would be including 11 games with the BlackBerry 10 platform with many developers preparing games to help you through boring meetings. RIM is also working with PixelMags to give users the ability to read online magazines.

 

“BlackBerry 10 builds upon the core values and exceptional users experience that have attracted more than 77 million BlackBerry customers around the world,” said Alec Saunders, Vice President, Developer Relations and Ecosystems Development.

 

Saunders continued, “Developers building for BlackBerry 10 will be able to easily create the kind of cutting-edge and other apps like BBM or by leveraging the new signature design elements of this new and powerful mobile computing platform.”

 

We are hoping for a BlackBerry 10 release this summer.

 

Incipio Starts Reward Program For BlackBerry Users

Calling all BlackBerry users. Incipio has just launched their Incipio Rewards Program that is designed just for you BlackBerry users out there. The program offers a free, $10 pre-paid mobile application card to customers when they purchase any BlackBerry smartphone case.

With the extensive growth of the BlackBerry market and as a proud partner of the Built for BlackBerry program, Incipio has developed an extensive range of accessories specifically designed to work with BlackBerry smartphones and the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. Incipio currently offers a complete line of protective and enhancing case solutions for BlackBerry Bold, BlackBerry Torch and BlackBerry Curve models.”

This $10 application card gives you access to a wide range of select BlackBerry applications. You can find out more about the program and cases by following this link. We are a big fan of Incipio and hope you check them out.

They also make cases for non-BlackBerry devices such as the iPhone.

BlackBerry 10 Prototypes Going Out To Developers Come May

According to the guys and gals over at Engadget, Research In Motion is looking to put BlackBerry 10 test units into the hands of developers soon. RIM plans to ship 2,000 prototypes running the company’s OS 10 in May and RIM’s vice president of developer relations, Alec Saunders said, “It’s tangible evidence of the company making progress to finally shipping the device.”

Like we have said before, RIM has really been behind in smartphone development and they need to wow us in 2012 if they ever plan on being a serious competitor again in the market.