Rogers begins shipping Curve 8520 literature; launch to come sooner than we think?

By on September 16, 2009 at 5:18 PM.

Rogers begins shipping Curve 8520 literature; launch to come sooner than we think?

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In case anyone had doubts that Rogers is on the cusp of releasing the BlackBerry Curve 8520, Rogers dealerships across the country have just begun receiving literature for RIM’s latest low-cost QWERTY smartphone. No surprises were included with the official documentation, but the appearance of the literature so early indicates that Rogers might be planning to push out the 8520 ahead of schedule. If this is the case, it’s likely because Rogers doesn’t want to draw attention away from the Bold 9700, which still seems to be on track for a release before November.

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Rogers’ BlackBerry Curve 8520 comes out of hiding

By on September 13, 2009 at 9:00 AM.

Rogers’ BlackBerry Curve 8520 comes out of hiding

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We recently told you that both the Curve 8520 and the Bold 9700 were entered in Rogers’ upgrade system, and now the former can finally be found in its natural habitat — and by natural habitat, we mean leaked shots on BGR. Currently running OS 4.6.1.274, the Rogers 8520 appears to have escaped from one of RIM’s manufacturing plants without having been horribly disfigured by physical branding. We think it would be foolish to assume this will be the case once the device launches, but at least there’s hope. You know the drill; hit the jump for a couple more pics.

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Motorola announces Motorola CLIQ for T-Mobile, DEXT for international carriers

By on September 10, 2009 at 2:29 PM.

Motorola announces Motorola CLIQ for T-Mobile, DEXT for international carriers

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You might have recently heard Motorola had some sort of announcement to make… well, it’s all over now and we’re left with the Motorola CLIQ. It’s the much-awaited and much-needed refresh to the company’s mobile device portfolio and it’s rather interesting. Like we reported, much of the customizations to the Android OS fall under the UI name of MOTOBLUR and that’s going to give you more social networking integration, widgets, and other connectivity options than you can handle. It will also allow each user to “customize his/her mobile device experience.” As far as raw specs go, we’re pleasantly surprised to report a 5 megapixel camera with video recording, UMTS/HSDPA, Wi-Fi, QWERTY slide-out keyboard, 3.5mm headset jack and a bunch more. Stones left unturned? Is the screen capacitive (our hearts hope so and we’d assume so, just odd how it’s not mentioned) and is there multi-touch support. All in all, we can’t wait to get our hands on it.

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RIM’s upcoming devices: Onyx, Driftwood, Magnum

By on April 5, 2009 at 12:46 PM.

RIM’s upcoming devices: Onyx, Driftwood, Magnum

So… one of our ninjas just hit us up with some really interesting BlackBerry info. While the specs of the following codenames are confirmed, releases are not, and as such, this should be used for information sake. Here’s what we got:

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HTC G2 with 3G and UMA gets the FCC rubber stamp of approval

By on March 27, 2009 at 10:36 AM.

HTC G2 with 3G and UMA gets the FCC rubber stamp of approval

Well, well, look at what we have here. It seems that the FCC has been busy as of late giving the HTC Magic a thorough examination and the good old bureaucratic stamp of approval. So what makes the T-Mobile USA-branded version of the Magic, known as the G2, so special? Well, not only does it have T-Mobile’s special 1700 MHz band of HSPA tacked on top of the 2100 MHz band for Europe and Asia, it also sports Wi-Fi with UMA for Hotspot@Home. Oh, and did we mention the camera has apparently been bumped up from 3.2 megapixels to 5 megapixels (because Americans like everything supersized)? Other than that, it looks like everything else with the device is going to be exactly as it is on the Vodafone version. Release timing and pricing are still a mystery for now but at least we have solid confirmation that the Magic is indeed coming to America, perhaps with a CTIA debut. Hit the jump for another shot.

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T-Mobile BlackBerry Curve 8900 now live with pricing – $199.99

By on February 11, 2009 at 7:48 AM.

T-Mobile BlackBerry Curve 8900 now live with pricing – $199.99

Several of you have had the pleasure of receiving your BlackBerry Curve 8900s early, but the rest of us have had to wait patiently and eagerly for this day. The (sorta) smallest and (kinda) thinnest ‘Berry available is now live with pricing details on T-Mobile’s website. As you can clearly see, the phone will cost you a cool $199.99 after mail-in rebate and a two-year contract. With a 3.2 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi and UMA support, BlackBerry PIM services and the 4.6 OS for the Curve, it is a very worthy upgrade for T-Mobile customers. We’re not sure if Best Buy is carrying them just yet, but if you can’t wait and are willing to spend the extra $50, you know exactly what to do.

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Rumor: BlackBerry Curve 8900 headed to T-Mobile on February 18

By on December 24, 2008 at 8:02 AM.

Rumor: BlackBerry Curve 8900 headed to T-Mobile on February 18

We’re still in the process of trying to confirm this with our sources, but rumor has it that T-Mobile USA will be launching the BlackBerry 8900 Curve on the third Wednesday of February, the 18th. Leaps and bounds ahead of its predecessor, the new Curve features a beefy 512 MHz processor and 256MB of RAM, but is seriously hurt by its lack of 3G. Yes, this device is aimed towards the business crowd where it’s highly unlikely that anyone would approve the extra money for a 3G BlackBerry — especially if it has WiFi and UMA — but so help us we just can’t stare at the phone without thinking “No 3G! No 3G!” Major gripe aside, this device is a huge addition for the T-Mobile smartphone line-up which is currently very sketchy at best (no, the Wing just doesn’t cut it any more, especially at a ludicrous $299.99).

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Rumored release date for the T-Mobile Shadow II

By on December 16, 2008 at 1:02 PM.

Rumored release date for the T-Mobile Shadow II

The Shadow II / Shadow 2 / Shadow 2009 / whatever else you want to call it, is quite the polarizing device. People are either sitting on the edges of their seats in anticipation of its release, or they think it’s hideous. Either way, we now have a rumored release date, giving T-Mobile customers a good idea of when their next Windows Mobile smartphone option might become available. That date: January 28th – a Wednesday. Sources weren’t cited but TmoNews seems pretty confident so we’ll just hope for the best. For a quick history lesson, we first scooped the Shadow II waaaaaay back in October of 2007 and then the first live image surfaced in April of this year. Since then nearly all of the gaps have been filled in but there are still a few mysteries – namely, will the device have a 3G radio? If the 28th of next month does indeed turn out to be an accurate release date, expect answers to come in the form of an official announcement that will likely coincide with CES next month.

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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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T-Mobile USA Releases BlackBerry 8220 Pearl Flip

By on October 13, 2008 at 12:26 AM.

T-Mobile USA Releases BlackBerry 8220 Pearl Flip

The BlackBerry 8220 Pearl Flip – it’s truly a smartphone that you’re going to love or hate without any middle ground. But hate it or love it it’s finally now available on good ole’ T-Mobile USA. Available today in Black for $149.99 on a 2-year contract, the Pearl Flip is going to take the cell phone market for 13-year old girls by storm. And if black isn’t your thing, (no, we’re not playing the race card) you’ll be able to buy the red version come October 20th. You already know the specs by now, but to freshen your memory, the Pearl Flip’s got a 2 megapixel shooter, Wi-Fi with Hotspot@Home support, a SureType keyboard, and that oh-so-old-yet-2008 flip design.

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T-Mobile HTC Shadow II is on the horizon

By on October 2, 2008 at 5:24 PM.

T-Mobile HTC Shadow II is on the horizon

Following up on their popular and consumer-friendly T-Mobile Shadow, the boys in pink are releasing the Shadow 2. While we’ve seen it before, from these pics, it looks a little better and definitely a nice successor to the original. The keyboard still features the two-letters-per-key, which some are not a huge fan of, and reveals itself when the phone slides open. This will be the first device to feature Windows Mobile 6.1 with UMA capabilities. Everyone who has a HotSpot@Home account now has more options in terms of phone selection – good call on HTC and T-Mobile’s part. As far as we know, this little bugger is slated for an October 15 release on T-Mobile and will likely be $149.99 with new contract and mail-in rebate. There aren’t too many other details on the device for now, especially whether it will support T-Mobile’s new 3G network (let’s hope, but doubt it), but we’ll keep all our faithful readers updated as we can! Hit the link for more pics…

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BlackBerry Kickstart about to hit Rogers, no one cares about ROKR E8 or Sony W350a

By on August 6, 2008 at 11:38 AM.

BlackBerry Kickstart about to hit Rogers, no one cares about ROKR E8 or Sony W350a

If you didn’t think the “Kickstart” would hit Rogers, send us over what you’re smokin’! Canada’s largest GSM provider will most certainly be grabbing the Kickstart. We haven’t confirmed the release date of the device on Rogers just yet, but we’d guess it would be around a couple weeks of T-Mobile getting it. Rogers is going to be changing the name of their “Home Calling Zone” UMA service to “Rogers Talkspot,” something the Kickstart will be able to make use of just fine. In addition to the Q3 Kickstart launch, Rogers has also got the Motorola ROKR E8 for $99.99, the Samsung T336 for $49.99, the Sony Ericsson Walkman W760a for $79.99, and finally the Sony Ericsson W350a for $29.99. All the aforementioned handset prices were on 3-year agreements — duh! But seriously, if RIM prices the Kickstart right (we’re hoping $49.99), Motorola and Palm employees might as well just hand in their resignation letters directly to RIM — it’s over! Couple more shots after the jump…

Thanks, Rogers ninja!

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Rogers launches BlackBerry Pearl 8120 with UMA

By on June 4, 2008 at 3:32 PM.

Rogers launches BlackBerry Pearl 8120 with UMA

Rogers and RIM have just announced the launch of the BlackBerry 8120 on the Canadian carrier’s network. The phone, which has been available worldwide for quite some time now, is compatible with Rogers’ UMA VOIP network which is similar in form and function to T-Mobile’s Hotspot@Home stateside. The handset also sports the usual rundown of Pearl 2 features including a 3.5 mm headset jack, external microSD card, and some other trinkets, but unless you’ve been dying for Wi-Fi calling on your SureType device, there’s nothing here that should make you too excited. As always, Rogers’ attempts to lock you in for 3 years, offering the the handset for $149.99 Canadian with a 36 month contract including BlackBerry data service, though you can still snag the device on a 1 or 2 year contract for a bit more scratch. 

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