BlackBerry 9650, BlackBerry 8230, Motorola ES400, and more show up in Sprint's order forms

By on April 4, 2010 at 12:10 PM.

BlackBerry 9650, BlackBerry 8230, Motorola ES400, and more show up in Sprint's order forms

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If you’re a BlackBerry user on Sprint you’re probably itching to get a brand new BlackBerry device, you know, seeing as yours is probably outdated already. Well, if you’re looking for a new BlackBerry 9650 or BlackBerry 8230, you might not have to wait too long as they’ve just showed up in Sprint’s order forms. In addition to those two devices making appearances, a Motorola device, the ES400 also shows up too, in addition to the previously seen Palm C40. We’re betting the Motorola device is an Android handset, not a Windows Mobile handset as previously thought. Couple more shots after the break! More →

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BlackBerry OS 5.0 to be released for existing devices starting this week?

By on October 24, 2009 at 3:25 PM.

BlackBerry OS 5.0 to be released for existing devices starting this week?

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While the launch of the BlackBerry Storm2 on Verizon is widely expected to take place on October 28th and the Bold 9700 is so close we can almost taste it, owners of current generation BlackBerry smartphones  — the Pearl Flip 8220/8230, Curve 8330/8350i/8900, Bold 9000, Storm 9500/9530 and Tour 9630 — should be pleased to note that RIM is all set for the launch OS 5.0. Specific dates aren’t easily pinned down as it more or less depends on the device one has and the carrier one is with, but thanks to our connects we know, for example, that Verizon will be dropping for the OS 5.0 for the Storm 9530 tomorrow evening with a fall back date set for Monday. Those that don’t have Desktop Manager set up on either their PC or Mac might want to get everything ready ahead of time as it looks for the most part that OTA software updates will not be made available. Oh well. OS 5.0 is oh so worth the hassle.

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BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230 now available from Verizon Wireless

By on June 19, 2009 at 10:39 AM.

BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230 now available from Verizon Wireless

Right on time, the Pearl Flip has made its official debut on Verizon Wireless’ website and is now ripe for the picking. Surprisingly, sort of, the Pearl Flip has already been discounted — selling for $79 after a $70 mail-in rebate and two year contract instead of the announced $129.99. Apparently, Verizon included the Pearl Flip in that $50 price drop when it ended the BlackBerry BOGO promotion. For those who prefer a more personal shopping experience, the Pearl Flip is also available in stores today. Now with the 8230ccccccc out of the way, Big Red can focus on bigger and better ‘Berrys (Tour, anyone?).

Thanks, Adam!

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BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230 and Samsung Code appear on U.S. Cellular site ahead of launch

By on June 10, 2009 at 7:50 AM.

BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230 and Samsung Code appear on U.S. Cellular site ahead of launch

Reaching out to all the U.S. Cellular customers out there who might feel a little left out with new phones being announced for other carriers, we’re trying our best to stay on top of the handful of handsets due out this month. While the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230 and Samsung Code might not be the most exciting of the bunch, one of our sneakier readers managed to snoop dedicated pages for each handset live on U.S. Cellular’s site. Don’t try this at home kids — they’re not easily found from the main site. Hit the read links for each handset to see the full specs and sit tight as both the fliptastic 8230 and, umm, Windowstastic Code are set to drop later this month.

Thanks, TW!

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Verizon FINALLY announces the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230

By on June 4, 2009 at 10:10 AM.

Verizon FINALLY announces the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230

*sniff* We thought this day would never come but Verizon has officially announced the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230. Available starting June 19th, Verizon asks that you fork over $129.99 after a $70 mail-in rebate on a 2-year contract. As for the specs, you know the deal: OS 4.6.0, 324MHz processor, external display, vertical QVGA internal display, SureType keypad, 2 megapixel camera with flash, GPS, so on, so forth. Anyone excited? The Pearl Flip is just as cool as the Tour, right?

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Verizon Wireless June rebate sheet contains unannounced phones

By on June 4, 2009 at 7:40 AM.

Verizon Wireless June rebate sheet contains unannounced phones

Another month and another rebate sheet from Verizon Wireless. This latest version spans only the month of June but it does contain a few yet-to-be announced phones. We have the Casio Exilim and the Motorola Rival, both of which are slated for launch on June 10th. We also have the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230 whose launch is right around the corner. Sorry folks, no tuh, tuh, Tour or Storm 2 yet. The next rebate sheet will land at the end of June so keep your fingers crossed. Hit the jump for the full rebate sheet.

Thanks, anonymous and Ezmo!

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Verizon Wireless BlackBerry rumor roundup: new Storm OS, Storm 2 coming soon, Pearl Flip in inventory

By on May 20, 2009 at 12:04 PM.

Verizon Wireless BlackBerry rumor roundup: new Storm OS, Storm 2 coming soon, Pearl Flip in inventory

A few of our Verizon Wireless ninjas came through this morning and hit us with some information about some of the Verizon’s BlackBerry rumors that have been floating around. Here is what we’ve got:

  • The BlackBerry Storm has not been forgotten by Verizon. A new version of the 4.7 OS (.148) is indeed undergoing testing right now. It looks as if this version will pass testing and Storm owners will be getting their much needed update soon. If you know where to look of course, you can already snag it.
  • The Pearl Flip 8230 has made its appearance in Verizon’s inventory system. The handset is reportedly running OS 4.6.1.160 and both silver and purple versions are being toted around by some lucky Verizon Wireless employees. No exact launch date but the launch is reportedly imminent.
  • Last but not least, we got confirmation that the Storm 2 is indeed on the fast track will be launched in the very near future. Our source places the launch in early July, though we highly doubt that will be the case.

That’s all for now, folks.

Thanks, anonymous and Fan_of_fanboys!

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Verizon's upcoming BlackBerry releases: Tour, Pearl Flip, Atlas Storm 2 info

By on May 15, 2009 at 2:18 PM.

Verizon's upcoming BlackBerry releases: Tour, Pearl Flip, Atlas Storm 2 info

So check it. We just got a tip from a new ninja but this information looks really credible so we’re running it… Here’s the random bits of info we received:

  • All Verizon BlackBerry handsets launched after the BlackBerry Tour will have Wi-Fi
  • The Storm 2′s screen does not press in like SurePress, rather it operates more like traditional capacitive touch screen panels. We’re not sure if the rumored TruePress is just localized haptic feedback or what, but we can’t imagine RIM abandoning their entire fucking selling point on the Storm.
  • We have no idea what to think of this part, but, our tipster said the BlackBerry Tour would be accompanied by a BlackBerry Atlas with the Atlas having Wi-Fi, not the Tour. Again, don’t flip out, but it’s just what was told to us by this particular tipster.
  • BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230 release is “imminent”. We’d say May release, June latest.
  • 8230 specs… EV-DO Rev. 0, 2.0 MP Camera, 3.5 ounces, Flash 128 MB, RAM 64 MB, SD Card – Expandable to 16GB, Usage/Standby – 220 min. / 216 hrs.

There you have it, guys!

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BlackBerry Tour hitting Verizon Wireless in July?

By on April 28, 2009 at 12:58 PM.

BlackBerry Tour hitting Verizon Wireless in July?

BlackBerry Tour? Oh yeah. Now that that’s been confirmed, we’re on to bigger and better things — release dates! The latest information we’ve heard is that the BlackBerry Tour is shaping up to be released on Verizon in the month of July. Factor in RIM’s ability to delay space and time and we’d say a mid-to-late July release date is sounding right. Again, it’s not 100% but that’s just the latest information we’ve been told from a trusty source. There have been various rumors floating around about a much later release date, but at this point in time, we’re very confident that July sounds right. Remember we predicted a May release over a year ago, so this really does fit in with that timing. We expect pricing to be $199 with a 2-year agreement, too. What’s a Storm?

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Alltel launches the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230

By on April 23, 2009 at 11:51 AM.

Alltel launches the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230

Alltel has just announced the latest addition to its handset arsenal and it’s a familiar face indeed: RIM’s CDMA varient of the Pearl Flip. In terms of specs it’s not the most ground-shaking Berry of the bunch but for $79.99 after a $70 mail-in rebate, it is most definitely a solid option for bargain-seeking BlackBerry addicts. There are two caveats to the $80 price point however — first, the obvious two-year contract. Secondly, users must select from among Alltel’s Smart Choice Packs starting at $69.99 per month. All Smart Choice Packs include unlimited data, Internet and email however, so it’s hardly a deal breaker. If $80 for a shiny new Pearl Flip 8230 isn’t low enough for you but you’re in dire need of a Berry, the Curve 8330 is now $50 after a $100 mail-in rebate and the Pearl 8130 is free after a $100 mail-in rebate. Yeah, we’d definitely go for the Pearl Flip. Alltel’s 8230 is available in early May in all 91 markets. Hit the jump for the full press release.

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Review: TELUS BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230

By on March 14, 2009 at 4:07 PM.

Review: TELUS BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230

While this might come as a bit of a shock to some, there is a little known country just north of the good ‘ole US of A that just so happens to be home to the World’s second largest smartphone manufacturer. That country is of course Canada and the manufacturer is RIM. It used to be the case that BlackBerry fans in the US got the latest BlackBerry devices before Canada, but in recent times it seems that Canada has launched RIM’s latest devices long before its neighbors to the South — the exception to this being the Storm. Canadian carriers stuck it to the Americans once again however, when Bell was the first carrier to release the CDMA Pearl Flip 8230. Sure, a few hiccups six days after launch due to buggy software killed off a lot of the excitement, but thankfully for RIM, TELUS launched the Pearl Flip 11 days after Bell, a launch that went off without a hitch.

Now back in October we reviewed the GSM version of the Pearl Flip (the 8220) and found it to be a pretty decent device considering its affordability. However, we couldn’t help but feel let down by the build quality which made the device feel extremely cheap, and the ridiculously pixelated display. So does the CDMA Pearl Flip offer any notable improvements over its GSM cousin? Hit the jump to find out. More →

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TELUS launches the BlackBerry 8230

By on March 10, 2009 at 7:18 PM.

TELUS launches the BlackBerry 8230

Late this afternoon, Canada’s TELUS Mobility formally announced that it too has launched the BlackBerry 8230 Pearl Flip. Starting at $49.99 on a three-year contract and going all the way up to $449.99 contract-free, TELUS is hoping the youth market in Canada will receive the clam shell smartphone with open arms — especially younger females considering TELUS’ nation-wide media campaign featuring the all pink Pearl Flip. While other carriers have pink variants of the Pearl Flip, TELUS is the only carrier whose device has pink on the external housing rather than surrounding the SureType keypad. Whether or not its efforts are going to be rewarded in full, TELUS can at least be pleased people are already excited by the low price tag and rumors of an ultra-cheap voice and data plan thought to be in the mid-$30 range.

We don’t yet know what OS the TELUS version is running, but we assume it’s one build better than what Bell released its Pearl Flip with.

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BlackBerry 8230 recalled by Bell already?

By on March 5, 2009 at 6:20 PM.

BlackBerry 8230 recalled by Bell already?

We don’t have all the details here, but we’ve confirmed that Bell has issued a recall on the freshly launched BlackBerry 8230. Both colors are affected, and while we’re not positive if every single handset is being recalled, we’ve been told it has something to do with how the handsets were flashed. We’ll update this when we get more information. Any Bell Pearl Flip users having any issues?

Thanks, to one of our ninjas!

UPDATE: We’re now hearing that customers won’t have to bother with returning any handsets. If you bought a handset with OS 4.6.1.162 you’ll get an SMS telling you to update your OS to the new build, 4.6.1.182. If you already have 4.6.1.182, you’re good to go. Stores are being sent updated units right away so sales shouldn’t be interrupted.

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