AT&T makes it official: Half off BlackBerry smartphones starting today

By on December 4, 2009 at 8:12 AM.

AT&T makes it official: Half off BlackBerry smartphones starting today

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We announced two days ago that AT&T was going to do something a little special for the holidays – taking 50% off BlackBerry smartphones. Starting today, you can head into an AT&T retail store or hop online and grab a BlackBerry of your choice, the BlackBerry 9700 included, for half of what you’d normally have to shell out any other time of year. We don’t need to tell you that this requires a two year agreement and there’s still a mail-in-rebate, but we just did. Just in case. We’re not sure how long this offer will last, but you can bet it will only be for a limited time. And before we forget, the Samsung Solstice will be free with a new contract and all that jazz.

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RIM dethrones Apple as US BlackBerry sales in Q1 soar

By on May 4, 2009 at 4:06 PM.

RIM dethrones Apple as US BlackBerry sales in Q1 soar

While RIM’s next-generation handsets such as the Bold, Storm and Curve 8900 are already flooding the marketplace — and a new wave including the Tour and Curve 8520 are on the horizon — it looks like RIM’s bread and butter is still the trusty old Curve 83xx series. According to recent analysis by The NPD Group, the BlackBerry Curve was America’s best selling smartphone in Q1 of 2009. It steals the title from the iPhone of course, as sales slow from its incredible pace last year. The NPD Group cites aggressive promotions such as Verizon’s popular BOGO offers as the catalyst behind the surge. Here are the top five smartphones in America this past quarter:

  1. RIM BlackBerry Curve (all 83XX models)
  2. Apple iPhone 3G (all models)
  3. RIM BlackBerry Storm
  4. RIM BlackBerry Pearl (all models, except flip)
  5. T-Mobile G1

RIM, holding three of the top five slots, shipped an astounding 7.8 million BlackBerry handsets in its last reported quarter (Dec 08 – Feb 09) so this hardly comes as a surprise. With several new BlackBerry models on the horizon and at least one new iPhone model due out this Summer, things are definitely starting to heat up in the US smartphone space.

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HTC Touch Pro, Samsung Gloss U440 and more headed to U.S. Cellular

By on April 8, 2009 at 12:04 PM.

HTC Touch Pro, Samsung Gloss U440 and more headed to U.S. Cellular

The next few months will be busy for U.S. Cellular customers as five new handsets are rumored to be hitting the shelves by the end of June. Coming first is the HTC Touch Pro which is slated to arrive on April 17th. Following close on the heels of the Touch Pro is the Samsung Gloss U440, a white or charcoal clam shell with a QWERTY keyboard, integrated music player, stereo Bluetooth and 1.3 megapixel camera. Targeting a feminine audience with a penchant for texting, the Gloss will hit the shelves in early May. Shortly thereafter in mid-May, U.S. Cellular will debut the entry-level Samsung R311, a simple clam shell with Bluetooth, one-touch speakerphone and a VGA camera. Last but not least to arrive in mid-June are the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230, which needs no introduction, and the LG UX840. The LG UX840 will be a QWERTY slider with a 3″ QVGA touchscreen, 3.0 megapixel camera, integrated music player, stereo Bluetooth, full HTML browser, email support and GPS. The lineup is hardly confirmed considering the source is an anonymous forum post, but we imagine U.S. Cellular customers will be glad to hear about the possibility of some fresh blood coming their way.

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BlackBerry Curve 8320 makes its way to AT&T; by Pony Express

By on December 16, 2008 at 2:38 PM.

BlackBerry Curve 8320 makes its way to AT&T; by Pony Express

It surely took its sweet time getting there – to the point where it’s almost impossible to even care anymore – but the BlackBerry Curve 8320 finally decided to make its way to AT&T. If the Bold is too awesome for you and you’re too impatient to wait for the Curve 8900, the 8320 might be right up your alley. Featuring all of the bells and whistles of BlackBerrys past, the 8320 is little more than an 8300 with WiFi. In other words, plenty of fingers are likely crossed in hopes that big enterprise orders can now be filled with handsets that can make use of AT&T’s WiFi hotspots and potentially lighten the load on the data network. Old design, 65K color screen, no 3G… Is this how we’re going to wrap up the year? In the end, the only thing AT&T did right with this one was to not bother announcing it with any marketing behind it.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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OS 4.5 finally official for AT&T

By on December 12, 2008 at 5:21 PM.

OS 4.5 finally official for AT&T

Sure, it’s been on the BlackBerry download site for a while now, but AT&T has finally started to announce the arrival of OS 4.5 for three of its handsets: the 8820, 8320 and 8310. We’re guessing that AT&T is subtly trying to say that if you’re device isn’t covered there is a Bold with your name on it at your nearest AT&T store. That or sit tight and wait until we get our act together (tip: Delete vendor.xml and you can use any carriers OS builds on your BlackBerry so long as it’s designed for the same device).

Anyway, OS 4.5 has a heck of a lot of improvements over its predecessors so if you don’t have it you owe it to yourself to start the process here.

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Official shots of AT&T’s BlackBerry 8320 Curve

By on October 23, 2008 at 6:26 PM.

Official shots of AT&T’s BlackBerry 8320 Curve

Another day, another delayed BlackBerry for AT&T. It’s been a while since we last posted about AT&T’s 8320 and the scheduled release has come and gone. We all know it was slated for launch toward the end of September but AT&T and RIM seem to be like oil and water these days when it comes to getting a product out to market. Here we are with October almost behind us and still no 8320. Whatever the cause of the delay might be, it looks like we’re getting closer to go time as a little birdy just dropped some official AT&T shots on our doorstep. If you’re on AT&T and the pricing on the Bold is enough to scare you off but WiFi is a must, hopefully you’ll soon have a decent backup option in the Sapphire Blue 8320 Curve. Hit the jump for more poses.

[Thanks Omie]

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T-Mobile launches BlackBerry Curve 8320 Sunset, hawla

By on August 4, 2008 at 12:01 AM.

T-Mobile launches BlackBerry Curve 8320 Sunset, hawla

Like our Best Buy ninjas in blue didn’t out this one already… Oh well. It’s always nice to see some more color choices on T-Mobile, though. We were getting pretty darn tired of the gold and titanium Curves. The phone will be available starting today at all T-Mobile retail stores and over the phone for $149.99 with a 2-year agreement. We’re waiting to hear back from T-Mobile to get confirmation of the OS, but we’re betting it’s going to run 4.2.2 even though our leaked doc says any BlackBerry launches before September will run 4.5. Here’s the full spec rundown in case any of you were MIA for the past year:

  • GSM, GPRS, EDGE, Wi-Fi
  • Quad-band world phone 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • 2.5” display, 320×240 pixels, QVGA display with more than 65,000 colors
  • 3.5 mm headset jack
  • Dimensions: 4.2 x 2.4 x 0.6 inches; 3.9 ounces
  • microSD slot supporting up to 4 GB of optional removable memory
  • 2 megapixel camera
  • T-Mobile myFaves-enabled
  • Stereo Bluetooth® capability

Larger pics after the jump as well as the press release!

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AT&T roadmap leaks out

By on July 1, 2008 at 3:09 PM.

AT&T roadmap leaks out

Looking for your AT&T fix for the remainder of 2008? We’ve got you covered. The carrier has a number of exciting new handsets planned for the coming months, which should be good news for both the carrier and consumers. Everyone loves selection, right? Right. First up, AT&T is planning to release the BlackBerry Curve 8320 (yeah, we’re scratching our heads too), and the BlackBerry Bold by the end of Q3. On the Windows Mobile side of things, AT&T is planning to drop the Samsung BlackJack III, which should see Windows Mobile 6.1, a 528 MHz processor, 3MP camera, aGPS, and more. Look for a new Pantech Duo sporting Windows Mobile 6.1, GPS, HSDPA, and a 528MHz processor. They also alluded to an HTC Tilt replacement, tentatively dubbed the Tilt II, which should feature a Qualcomm 528 MHz processor, aGPS, HSDPA, 256MB ROM/ 128MB, and more. Touch Pro anyone? Expect to see all three of those by Q4 of this year. Excited yet? Yeah, we thought so, but why stop here. AT&T is also planning a slew of Windows Mobile 6.1 upgrades for existing handsets. The current Pantech Duo should see 6.1 by October, while the BlackJack II, Moto Q9h, and AT&T Tilt will get the royal treatment by July.

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