Fido and Rogers aren’t happy, destroy BlackBerry Christmas bonanza?

By on December 1, 2008 at 12:22 PM.

Fido and Rogers aren’t happy, destroy BlackBerry Christmas bonanza?

Bad news, people. Fido and Rogers are not happy campers at the moment and have there are reports that they have decided to take it out on future product offerings. Lately both companies have been struggling with internal leaks and the higher-ups are understandably paranoid. On Friday, Fido posted a memo for all employees which repudiated what was said in BGR Land about Fido aiming to launch BlackBerry products and services this month:

An internet mobile magazine is speculating that Fido is about to launch RIM BlackBerry products. Please take note that the New Fido has a great phone line up, however BlackBerry is not part of the line up at this time. We do not speculate on future products or services.

The memo is pretty strange considering that the official policy of both Rogers and Fido is not to address rumors. Accordingly, you can imagine our surprise when reports started coming in that a day after the memo supporting initial release info was circulated, Fido was informed that its hopes of launching anything BlackBerry were dead in the water – maybe. The quote above is pretty open-ended, stating “BlackBerry is not part of the line up at this time,” as opposed to, “the speculation is false.” It’s a strange twist of events considering that this happened so close to the launch time frame, but then again Rogers does have a long history of doing some pretty sketchy things (remember the saga of the E71?).

While we’re on the subject of Rogers and BlackBerry, there is one good thing to report. The powers that be apparently also killed all plans for a pink BlackBerry Bold. Perhaps that means they read our comments section too…

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Fido pushing to sell BlackBerry handsets in time for Christmas

By on November 21, 2008 at 4:27 PM.

Fido pushing to sell BlackBerry handsets in time for Christmas

Fido, which recently underwent rebranding that saw it reposition itself as a bonafide low-cost carrier, is pushing its parent company Rogers Wireless for permission to sell BlackBerry smartphones in time for the holidays. Fido had killed its BlackBerry Connect services earlier this year as it simply didn’t have any BlackBerry devices in its lineup. As such, Fido found itself paying royalties for an product that it essentially didn’t even offer.  Now with the skyrocketing popularity of data-dependent smartphones and thousands of customers who have a BlackBerry feeling left out, Fido sees that it’s failure to offer BlackBerry devices and services is an opportunity cost it would rather not have. Specifically, Fido is looking at selling the WiFi-enabled and UNO-capable (think T-Mobile’s UMA and Rogers’ TalkSpot) 8120 Pearl leading up to the holidays and then adding the 8220 Pearl Flip to its catalog after the holidays. In addition to this, Fido would offer support for all other BlackBerry handsets and devices that feature BlackBerry Connect. Sounds good, yes?

Thanks, SaxMan!

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New Silver Motorola Q with Windows Mobile 6.1 now available at AT&T

By on August 29, 2008 at 11:58 AM.

New Silver Motorola Q with Windows Mobile 6.1 now available at AT&T

That mysterious silver Motorola Q9h that we reported on last week has finally went on at AT&T. With metallic pinstripes and a silver keyboard, it looks like our picture was spot on. As expected, it runs Windows Mobile 6.1 with standard features like 3G and GPS. You know how we love us some AT&T Navigator… Nice color and a new version of Windows Mobile but not much more than the previous Q9h. It is available now for $149.99 with a two-year contract. Also, a new version of BlackBerry Connect has been posted to Motorola’s site which adds compatibility with Windows Mobile 6.1 on the Q9. Any takers, or was this just an unnecessary refresh?

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BlackBerry Connect for Motorola Q 9h Updated

By on August 19, 2008 at 5:08 AM.

BlackBerry Connect for Motorola Q 9h Updated

It looks like iPhone users aren’t the only ones getting some love on the software update front. We just got word that Q 9h users have a freshly-updated version of BlackBerry connect ready and waiting to go. Of course BlackBerry Connect allows users of non-BlackBerry hardware to make use of hosted or corporate BlackBerry email services. You know, the service that Nokia recently ditched. Here’s the official word along with instructions on how to snag the update:

A new version of the BlackBerry Connect software for the Motorola Q9H is now available. Users can download BlackBerry Connect software, desktop software, and documentation to their computer, and install the new version of BlackBerry Connect on to their device. Customers can also download and install the BlackBerry Connect software directly from their Motorola Q9H. (Note: for devices running Windows Mobile 6.1 you can use the Get BlackBerry Connect shortcut on the Start Menu->IM & Email folder. For devices running Windows Mobile 6.0, please enter the following URL into the browser: (http://www.motorola.com/us/Q9h/BlackBerryConnect)

[Thanks, Christopher]

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Nokia Disconnects; No More BlackBerry Support for Eseries

By on July 30, 2008 at 9:44 AM.

Nokia Disconnects; No More BlackBerry Support for Eseries

Purchasers of Nokia’s latest Eseries devices may be a bit distressed to learn that BlackBerry Connect will no longer be updated for Nokia’s S60 devices, effective immediately. Just after a recent update was issued for the latest E90 firmware Nokia made the announcement and was hardly indirect with its reasoning for the move. Nokia’s Simon Ainslie had this to say:

RIM are a competitor and have done a reasonable job in a space that is traditionally ours, so it’s no great surprise that we see this as an opportunity to give consumers a proper choice on what email solution they want.

Perhaps the most confusing part of this move is the simple fact that Nokia’s OEM email support is, well, shoddy at best. Unreliable, poorly-executed and horrible are more descriptive terms that have been tossed around from time to time. The integrated POP / IMAP support is just north of unusable. Nokia’s Mail for Exchange client historically hasn’t been much better, though the most recent client addresses many issues of the past. Mail for Exchange however, as the name might dictate, only supports Exchange email. This might be fine if you use your device strictly for work (and your company uses Exchange) but in the day and age of “convergence”, most people like to have access to personal email as well. Nokia’s recent “Nokia Email” beta does show signs of life, though slight. All this aside, if your company uses RIM’s email system and you had plans to snag an E71 instead of a BlackBerry… Think again.

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