Not a bad start for Research In Motion’s BlackBerry PlayBook tablet according to Jeffries & Co. analyst Peter Misek. According to a recent research note, Misek estimates that the Canadian mobile giant sold 25,000 PlayBook tablets during the online pre-order period and another 20,000 on opening day. “If correct, 45K+ sell through on the first day would be a success,” wrote Misek. Although the figure doesn’t quite match the 300,000 original iPads moved by Apple on its opening day last year, the Economic Times notes that “the PlayBook’s first-day sales are much better than those of other tablets such as Samsung’s Galaxy Tab and Motorola’s Xoom.” RIM has yet to publicly comment on exact device sales figures. More →
Those of you clinging on to AT&T, waiting for a serious Android handset, rejoice. Today, February 22nd, is the day that you can officially purchase yourself a dual-core, laptop-docking, 1GB of RAM having, Motorola ATRIX 4G from your local wireless retailer. AT&T will be selling the set for $199.99, RadioShack will be pricing the unit at $149.99, and we’ve heard select Walmart stores will be offering the ATRIX for a very reasonable $129.99. If you’ve already taken pre-order of, or are going out to pickup an ATRIX today, make sure to drop us a comment and let us know what you think of your new device. More →
Tomorrow is D-Day for Nokia. At the company’s Capital Markets Day, CEO Stephen Elop is expected to announce a major shift in Nokia’s smartphone strategy — by strategy, we mean operating system. Rumors have been flying that Elop, Microsoft’s former business unit chief, will align his new company with his old, bringing Nokia-branded Windows Phone handsets to market in the near future. Mr. Elop sat down with Mobilized’s Ina Fried last week to discuss what’s next for Nokia. Without tipping his hand, the CEO let it be known that Android, MeeGo, and Windows Phone were all options.
After commenting on the viability of the three, aforementioned mobile OS’, Nokia’s front-man also addressed his company’s lackluster North American presence. “We need to be in the United States in one way, shape or form,” said Mr. Elop. “We have to have a viable way to reopen doors.”
The moment of truth is tomorrow. What do you think Nokia should do? More →
Looking to get your main squeeze a new smartphone for Valentine’s Day? You may want to give T-Mobile a look. The nation’s fourth largest wireless provider will be pricing every phone in its lineup, including smartphones, at $0 on February 11th and 12th. The offer is good at T-Mobile retail locations and a new two-year agreement must be signed. Not a bad deal. Anyone interested? Hit the jump for the full press release. More →
Google’s VP of Engineering, Andy Rubin, utilized the social-network Twitter to drop some knowledge on the world. Mr. Rubin notes that his company’s mobile operating system is now being activated on over 300,000 phones each and every day. That’s over 2.1 million phones every week and over 9 million phones every month. Back in August of this year, Google CEO Eric Schmidt announced that Android activations had just passed the 200,000 per day mark — and subsequently set off a little activation brouhaha with rival Apple. For the sake of comparison: the latest numbers from iOS maker Apple (released in September 2010) revealed that there were over 230,000 new iOS activations happening every day.
The verbiage used in both of the companies statements is interesting. Rubin notes 300,000 phones activated each day (indicating the number does not include tablets or other devices running Android, but could include users upgrading), while back in September, Jobs noted there were 230,000 new iOS activations each day (indicating that Apple’s numbers include other iOS devices like iPads and iPod touchs, but not users upgrading).
Either way, Google is now on pace to activate over 10 million Android phones per month. That is an impressive figure any way you slice it. More →
About one-week ago, information on T-Mobile’s prepaid phone and data plans leaked… and the information was dead on. Today, T-Mobile officially announced the new prepaid monthly plans that will be available on October 18. The plans looks like this:
Prepaid Monthly Phone Data Plans
- $70/month Unlimited Talk and Text with 2 GB of Data
- $50/month Unlimited Talk and Text with 100 MB of Data
- $30/month 1,500 Talk and Text (mix and match voice and text messages) with 30 MB of Data
- Unlimited Text and $0.10/minute
- $1.49/day Web DayPass
Prepaid Mobile Broadband
- $10 week pass (100 MB)
- $30 month pass (300 MB)
- $50 month pass (1 GB)
The prepaid mobile broadband plans will be available on a new “Jet USB Laptop Stick” that is “pre-packaged with a prepaid SIM card, user guide, and plug & play connection manager software” — the device will be available online on October 18th and in stores on the 20th. “T-Mobile’s prepaid mobile broadband plans have no annual contract, no credit check, no overages and can be used with any of the company’s mobile broadband products,” explains the press release. The prepaid voice plans look pretty attractive… but $50 for 1 GB of data seems pretty steep.