Monthly Archives: January 2012
It should come as no surprise that many people out there like to have their favorite BlackBerry device to be available in multiple colors, especially white. We have already seen most of the current BlackBerry 7 devices launch in white (like the Torch 9810 and Kevin’s beloved white BlackBerry Bold 9900) and now they are adding two more devices. Set to launch in the second quarter of 2012, RIM is bringing both the BlackBerry Curve 9380 and the BlackBerry Bold 9790 out in all of their white glory as well. Choice is always a good thing, but so many white devices can’t be so good for CrackBerry Kevin’s pockets 🙂
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We heard rumors that RIM was working on a wireless keyboard case for the BlackBerry PlayBook back in April of last year. Since then they have been very quiet on that front though I have been keeping an eye out for it. I was sent a slide deck by one of our sources who told me that the keyboard is now shipping to BlackBerry distributors and should probably be available soon. My guess is that it will coincide with the PlayBook OS 2.0 launch.
We also have more details on how the new BlackBerry Mini Keyboard works with the PlayBook. Here is a breakdown of the features listed:
- Both a keyboard and a touchpad
- Can last up to 30 days on a charge
- Comes with a case that folds over your PlayBook
- Multitouch touchpad with one finger left click and two finger right click (for remote desktop apps)
- Mouse scrolling with two fingers on the touchpad
- Charges via MicroUSB
Hopefully we will get a launch date and pricing soon! Check out all the slide deck for the BlackBerry Mini Keyboard below:
It looks like RIM’s 2012 roadmap for new devices is staying pretty much on track with what we previously expected. According to BGR, RIM has some new devices in the works for 2012/2013 that should keep things flowing up until the launch of BlackBerry 10 later this year. The lineup includes two new Curve devices, an HSPA+ PlayBook and two BlackBerry 10 devices. Here’s how it breaks down:
- Within the next few months, RIM should release two new devices in the Curve line – the BlackBerry Curve 9230 and the BlackBerry Curve 9320. The Curve 9230 is said to be an EDGE device where the Curve 9320 will be HSPA.
- The BlackBerry 10 device dubbed the BlackBerry London is still on par for launch in September, while a new device (BlackBerry Nevada) featuring a touchscreen and full QWERTY keyboard is said to be launching as part of the Bold line at the end of the year as well.
- RIM is said to be working on a new BlackBerry PlayBook that includes a 1.5GHz processor, HSPA+ and NFC for launch mid-2012.
So this all pretty much jives with what we already knew — the big difference here from the original roadmap is really just the time frame (which makes sense as we knew BlackBerry 10 was getting pushed back to late 2012). It looks like RIM will try to keep the momentum up in emerging markets with the release of the Curve 9230 and 9320 while we wait to see some BlackBerry 10 goodness. I’m excited to see what comes in the next few months for RIM — with a new CEO at the helm it will be interesting to see how things improve for RIM in 2012.
The sale RIM was running on Shop BlackBerry had all three models, 16GB/32GB/64GB, of the BlackBerry PlayBook selling for $299. That discount used to say that it was valid until February 4th. Mr Lego let us know that the Shop BlackBerry website now has the discount ending on January 28th instead of February 4th. This conflicts with an email RIM just sent out three days ago which you can find here. The other thing I noticed is that all of the models of BlackBerry PlayBooks are listed as being in stock but shipping within 7-14 business days.
This makes me wonders what is right around the corner in February. New device models? (my guess) Different pricing?
Check out the promo RIM sent on Friday with the previous February 4th listing:
A new BlackBerry PlayBook developer beta is rolling out to users right now. You’ll need to re-register your BlackBerry PlayBook in order to get the update but once you do, it’s there ready and waiting for you. While we pick through it all, by all means go ahead and drop some comments here in the comments and in the CrackBerry forums if you spot anything new. Keep in mind, this is a developer build and not for the general public — things are broken and there is dragons ahead. Thanks, @genericscissors!
AT&T has just announced some upcoming changes to their data plans for smartphones that will go into effect as of Sunday, Jan. 22.
The new smartphone plans include:
- AT&T Data Plus 300MB: $20 for 300MB
- AT&T Data Pro 3GB: $30 for 3GB
- AT&T Data Pro 5GB: $50 for 5GB, with mobile hotspot / tethering
BlackBerry customers needing additional data can pay $10 per additional gigabyte on the AT&T Data Pro 3GB and Data Pro 5GB plans; AT&T Data Plus users will receive an extra 300MB for $20.
Current customers won’t be required to change to their already existing data plans. In other words, they’re not forcing anyone onto the new plans as of yet. However; if you find any of the new plans better then what you have now, you can up customer care and make the switch as of Jan 22. The plans, when you look at them carefully — actually offer you more value for your money when you look at what you would be paying if you had overage charges but chances are if you’re constantly blowing your alloted amount, you’ve already moved onto a bigger plan.