Research In Motion has introduced the BlackBerry Bold 9650 smartphone – the latest addition to the BlackBerry Bold portfolio of premium smartphones. Sophisticated, powerful and feature-rich, the BlackBerry Bold 9650 is a global smartphone for CDMA customers who want to stay connected, productive and entertained.
“The new BlackBerry Bold 9650 is an extraordinary smartphone that we think customers will love,” said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at Research In Motion. “Whether at work or at play, the new BlackBerry Bold 9650 offers a truly impressive communications, multimedia and connectivity experience.”
The BlackBerry Bold 9650 smartphone supports 3G (EVDO) networks in North America and (HSPA/UMTS) abroad and has a full-QWERTY keyboard, optical trackpad and built-in Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g), which makes it possible to talk on the phone while browsing the web or sending and receiving email. The BlackBerry Bold 9650 also includes 512 MB Flash memory and an expandable memory card slot that supports up to 32 GB microSDHC cards, with a 2 GB card included.
Research In Motion Limited today announced BlackBerry Mobile Voice System 5 (BlackBerry MVS 5) with voice over Wi-Fi calling. BlackBerry MVS 5 works with Cisco Unified Communications Manager to provide a business user with the ability to use their regular desk phone number and extension from their BlackBerry smartphone. With the new version 5, an employee will be able to use a single work phone number shared between their desk phone and BlackBerry smartphone and make and receive enterprise calls on their BlackBerry smartphone over a Wi-Fi connection, adding to the existing capability available over cellular networks.
An increasingly mobile workforce and the growing number of employees working from home present challenges for businesses to keep their staff accessible through their work phone number and keep calling costs under control. With BlackBerry MVS 5, calls made through BlackBerry MVS are routed through the corporate phone system/Private Branch Exchange (PBX)*, which helps with adherence to company policies and enables potential savings on long-distance and international roaming charges.
Nuance Communications, Inc. today announced the availability of its Dragon for Email dictation application for BlackBerry smartphones. Dragon for Email is the latest addition to Nuance’s Dragon Mobile Application family allowing BlackBerry smartphone users to easily and freely speak emails – regardless of whether they are creating, replying, or forwarding a message – keeping them continuously connected to colleagues, family and friends. The app is currently free for a limited time on BlackBerry App World for a variety of BlackBerry smartphones.
“The recent success of the Dragon Dictation App has produced an overwhelming response from the BlackBerry community and its huge customer base,” said Michael Thompson, senior vice president and general manager, Nuance Mobile. “BlackBerry is the ultimate mobile device for consumers and professionals who need to be able to read and respond to emails no matter where they are. With Dragon for Email, we’re now able to enhance the email capabilities that make the BlackBerry smartphone so incredibly popular.”
Verizon Wireless today announced that Push to Talk will be available for the BlackBerry Tour 9630 smartphone on March 30. It will be available for both BlackBerry Internet Service and BlackBerry Enterprise Server customers using the BlackBerry Tour smartphone.
Once Push to Talk is added to their service plans, customers can download the application from the Application Center or through VZStart on their handsets. The convenience key on the left side of the device will automatically become the Push to Talk button when the application is downloaded.
Google announced today the launch of Google Mobile App for BlackBerry Storm and Storm2. This version is tailored for BlackBerry touchscreen devices with all the useful features of Google Mobile. You can search using your voice instead of typing your query by holding the green button and speaking your query in English, Mandarin Chinese, or Japanese.
You can also use Google Mobile App to search your BlackBerry's email and contacts. To find an email, you can search for the name of the person who sent you an email, or a phrase from the body of the message. If you'd rather Google Mobile App not search your email and contacts, you can turn off Phone Search in the options screen. Information about your contacts and content from your emails is accessible only on your device; Google Mobile App does not send this data to Google.
MasterCard Worldwide today announced the availability of the MasterCard ATM Hunter application for BlackBerry smartphones. (Last April the company announced the same app for the iPhone/iPod Touch.) The app lets BlackBerry smartphone users easily locate the nearest ATM no matter where in the world they are. ATM Hunter is available for free download on BlackBerry App World.
“BlackBerry is the number one smartphone platform in the country and we are pleased to bring its users ATM Hunter,” said Cheryl Guerin, Senior Vice President, US and Digital Marketing, MasterCard Worldwide. “MasterCard ATM Hunter helps make life easier not only for MasterCard cardholders, but for all consumers by letting you instantly search by your financial institution – or find those that are surcharge free – helping to avoid deposit or withdrawal fees and save time and money.”
The MasterCard ATM Hunter utilizes the BlackBerry platform’s location awareness technologies to pinpoint the search and easily locate the nearest ATM, whether located in a bank, restaurant, airport, retail or convenience store…or elsewhere.
As the number of consumers turning to their easy-to-use smartphones continues to rise, Travelers announced today the launch of its first mobile applications, “Auto Accident Help” for iPhone and “Quick Connect” for BlackBerry smartphones. Both applications are free for anyone to download. Auto Accident Help is available at the iTunes store and Quick Connect is available on Travelers.com.
The new mobile tools provide auto accident assistance for iPhone and BlackBerry smartphone users. Additionally, Travelers customers will have the added advantage of starting the auto claim process directly through the iPhone application and the mobile Web site.
“Immediately after an accident, it is natural to feel unsure about what steps to take and we want to be there to help guide people through the process,” said Patrick Gee, Senior Vice President for Travelers Personal Insurance Claims. “Our new mobile applications allow us to do so by helping consumers with the necessary and important steps after an auto accident.”
Amazon.com, Inc. today introduced "Kindle for BlackBerry," a new application available as a free download from Amazon.com that lets customers enjoy over 420,000 books, including 102 of 112 New York Times Bestsellers, on a range of BlackBerry devices.
Amazon's Whispersync technology saves and synchronizes a customer's bookmarks across their Kindle, Kindle DX, iPhone, iPod touch, PC, BlackBerry and soon, Mac and iPad, so customers always have their reading material with them and never lose their place. Kindle is the most wished for, most gifted and #1 bestselling product on Amazon.com, and customers can now get the Kindle experience on their BlackBerry by downloading the free app at http://www.amazon.com/kindlebb.
Customers using BlackBerry devices on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon and other U.S. carriers can get easy wireless access to over 420,000 Kindle books, including New York Times Bestsellers and New Releases, most for $9.99 or less, by downloading the application for free.
Developers of the BerrySki app, the only Blackberry app with fully offline GPS Ski maps with track analysis specially designed for skiers, have recently extended the app to add support for over 460 European ski resorts. BerrySki offers the first fully offline GPS ski maps software for BlackBerry with analytics for skiers and snowboarders in North America (85+ ski resorts) and Europe (460+ ski resort). The software does not require any internet connectivity once the maps are downloaded to the device. For more information and to download app visit www.berryski.com.
Verizon Wireless said today it is bringing more music to many of its BlackBerry smartphone customers with the introduction of the exclusive slotRadio+ microSD card. Designed by SanDisk, the slotRadio+ microSD card combines 1,000 popular songs featuring top-charting Billboard artists with an additional 4 GB of flash memory for personal storage – all on one microSD memory card.
Verizon Wireless customers can tap into the full music potential of their BlackBerry smartphones with the slotRadio+ card and application. The extra storage space on the microSD card allows customers to save photos, music and videos on their BlackBerry smartphones and transfer them to their PCs.
Boost Mobile today introduced the highly-anticipated BlackBerry Curve 8330 on its BlackBerry Monthly Unlimited plan. Consumers have been asking about it on Facebook, Twitter and online discussion boards for months – a BlackBerry smartphone that combines features like full Web browsing, social networking, music, videos, games, robust email access and downloadable apps with the unlimited talk, text and Web offered with Boost Mobile’s no-contract Monthly Unlimited plan.
BlackBerry Curve 8330 smartphone from Boost Mobile is currently available at Best Buy, RadioShack, Boost Mobile Exclusive Retail Stores and select independent wireless dealer locations for a suggested retail price of $249.99 (excluding taxes).
The BlackBerry Monthly Unlimited plan provides the same nationwide voice and text messaging of the popular Monthly Unlimited offer, but also includes 3G Web access and unlimited email for $60 per month on the Nationwide Sprint Network.
PayPal has launched a Send Money application for BlackBerry smartphone users so they can send money quickly to friends and family around the world from their PayPal account.
Additionally, the app allows BlackBerry users to send money to anyone in their contact list, so there is no need to remember addresses and phone numbers. The app also allows users to check their recent history and account balance directly from their BlackBerry smartphone.
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FlightView announced today the availability of its real-time flight information app for BlackBerry devices. The new application helps users plan, monitor and make informed decisions about travel plans.
With the application for BlackBerry, FlightView expands its footprint in the hot mobile applications market. FlightView offers full-featured apps for leading smart phones as well as free flight tracking on its mobile site, putting information most wanted by travelers right where they need it – in the palm of their hand.
FlightView brings together information that air travelers and their friends and family need, aggregating real-time flight data and current weather conditions into one simple view, allowing them to save and quickly revisit flights for updates. The app costs $4.99 and can be downloaded from BlackBerry App World.
At the bank, in the grocery store, or stuck in traffic, Super Baby Go! from Zeebu Mobile turns your BlackBerry into an entertaining and educational tool for your 0-2 year old.
A growing list of downloadable activities are available and deliver colorful letters, cute animals, funny numbers in multiple languages to keep little ones engaged and entertained while giving parents and caregivers peace-of-mind.
Taking a device primarily associated with personal productivity, Zeebu Mobile has created an engaging, worry-free child friendly experience. Simply launch the Super Baby Go! select an activity and give it to your child. As they press keys, the screen reacts with relative audio and visuals. Select Letter Blocks, press "A" and a letter block image of "A" appears followed by the sound of a voice saying the letter "A". Super Baby Go! intercepts all email or phone calls so parents and caregivers don't have to worry about accidental emails or phone calls
Loopt announced today at the BlackBerry Developer Conference that it has launched a major update for its free application for BlackBerry smartphones, which is designed to connect users to the most relevant places and people nearby using background location updating. This brand new version of Loopt enhances users’ ability to discover the world around them – revealing who’s around, what to do, and where to go.
Loopt on BlackBerry smartphones runs in the background, which allows users to update their location in real-time while they are on the move, even when the Loopt application is not running in the foreground. The world around them never stops moving so Loopt on the BlackBerry should not either.
Loopt now offers dynamically-generated, relevant local content about places and events from some of the best sources on the Web to help users meet up with nearby friends, explore new places to grab food, and find local events happening now. Feature highlights include:
GetFugu, Inc., the next generation mobile search tool, announced today that it has launched its “See It, Say It, Get It” mobile search tool for every model of BlackBerry smartphones. The GetFugu application is now available for free download through BlackBerry’s App World.
GetFugu has launched its application on three major platforms within the past two months: Apple iPhone, Android and now BlackBerry. This third platform launch places GetFugu ahead of virtually all mobile developers, whose applications only appear on one or two platforms.
Nimbuzz, the multi-community mobile instant message application, has announced the launch of its groundbreaking new app for BlackBerry smartphones that runs as a native application enabling users to connect with each other via their favorite social networks.
Just one of a number of industry ‘firsts’ contained in the new release, native functionality allows Nimbuzz to run constantly in the background, have alert notifications ‘pushed’ to the home screen and integrate notifications with sound profiles, ensuring users never miss another message.
Free to download and free to use, the Nimbuzz app also supports instant messaging through Skype, allowing BlackBerry smartphone users to bring their Skype contacts with them wherever they go. In addition, online chat is available for other communities including MSN, GoogleTalk, Yahoo!, Facebook and MySpace, making Nimbuzz the most comprehensive mobile social messaging application available for the Blackberry.