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[March 27, 2011]
BlackBerry up for grabs for U Mobile contestants [New Straits Time (Malaysia)]
(New Straits Time (Malaysia) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) KUALA LUMPUR: If you enjoy taking photos, either with your SLR, compact camera or even your mobile phone, here is a chance to snap away and win the latest BlackBerry Curve TM 9300 3G smartphone.
In line with U Mobile’s brand refresh exercise, more than 40 buses will get a new wrap and will be parading along 32 routes in the Klang Valley.
The key products that will be highlighted are the U Mobile’s U Broadband plan offering monthly rebates and free USB modem; Budget IDD 1310 plan that connects the user to 26 countries at a very affordable rates; and its irresistible nine sen nationwide package.
With that, U Mobile will be running a photography contest named “U snap, U win” and invites all creative Malaysian shutterbugs to join.
Follow these simple steps and you could be the grand prize winner: * Spot the newly wrapped bus, strike a pose or catch an action in motion and snap away.
* Identify which route the photo of the bus advertisement was taken.
* Select your best shot and give it a creative caption.
* Lastly, submit your captioned picture with your full name, NRIC/ Passport No., address and mobile phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The photos will be reviewed by U Mobile’s administrators.
The photos will be loaded onto U Mobile Facebook Fan Page for public viewing.
The top 10 photos will be shortlisted through public voting from April 4 to 8. The photo with highest votes will be adjudged the winner. But fret not for the remaining contestants, as they will win a U Mobile MiFi device.
The submission deadline is March 28.
For details on U Mobile, visit u.com.my or call customer service at 018-388 1318.
U Mobile is also reachable at its social media network such as www.facebook.com/umobilesb, www.friendster.com/umobilesb and www.twitter.com/umobilesb.
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RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300 and the LG Cosmos Touch
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In this cell phone review, we will take a peak at RIM’s BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300 and the LG Cosmos Touch.
The BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300 is the latest RIM phone for AT&T. It comes equipped with 3G support and many other features for business and pleasure. The phone is a tad expensive, carrying a price tag of $499.99 without a contract and $99.99 with a two-year contract from AT&T.
The Curve 3G 9300 comes equipped with BlackBerry OS 5. While that’s the configuration out of the box, you can upgrade it to BlackBerry OS 6. Some of the upgrades found in OS 6 include universal search, an improved notifications bar and home screen, plus a revamped Webkit browser.
Beyond the OS-centric features, the Curve 3G 9300 comes with plenty of standard features. There’s a speakerphone, a calculator, and an alarm clock. Organizational tools include a calendar, a memo pad, a voice recorder, and a to-do list. The phone has 256MB of internal memory, and it ships with a 2GB microSD card. There’s plenty of room to store your contacts and input multiple phone numbers, email addresses, and other relevant data. You can also add a photo and ringtone to contacts.
Advanced features of the Curve 3G 9300 are headlined by Bluetooth 2.1 with support for stereo headsets, hands-free car kits, A2DP, and more. The phone supports voice commands, has visual voicemail, and can be synched with your PC. Integrated GPS paired with AT&T’s Navigator service can help you with voice-guided directions while on the road. You can connect to the internet via AT&T’s 3G network or using the phone’s integrated 802.11n Wi-Fi. Once connected, you can surf the net with a full-HTML browser that allows you to view full versions of websites. Those who travel overseas for business or pleasure can use the Curve 3G 9300 on international networks, since it’s a quad-band world phone.
Text and multimedia messaging are the most basic services of their type on the smartphone. You can also instant message for quick chatting. There are several options when it comes to email. The smartphone supports POP and IMAP accounts from providers like AOL, Yahoo, and Windows Live. It also allows you to view corporate email through Microsoft Exchange, IBM Lotus Domino, and BlackBerry Enterprise. If you have any work-related attachments, they can be accessed using the built-in viewer that works with Microsoft Office and PDF documents. Social networking through sites like Twitter and Facebook can be had using apps on the phone.
The BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300 is not all business, as it has some entertainment-related features to keep you busy. The smartphone has a built-in MP3 player that lets you create playlists. You can also listen to music through the AT&T Mobile Music service. Video can be viewed through an integrated video player that supports various file formats, and MobiTV offers some extra visual entertainment. The phone come pre-loaded with social networking apps, games, and various other apps too. Additional apps can be downloaded by visiting the BlackBerry App World.
A 2-megapixel camera rounds out the Curve 3G 9300′s feature set. It can snap photos in various resolutions and settings, and it doubles as a video recorder as well. The overall quality of the photos and videos is average.
You won’t find a whole revamped look with the 3G 9300, but fans of the BlackBerry family will probably enjoy that RIM stayed true to its aesthetic roots. It has plenty of similarities to the Curve 8520. The phone is easy to carry and measures 4.3 inches tall by 2.4 inches wide by 0.6 inch thick. It feels very comfortable in your hands and has a nice grip. The graphite gray color scheme is unassuming and professional, which is how many of its users probably prefer it to be.
The 2.4-inch display with 320 x 240 resolution provides plenty of color and clarity. Beneath the display are four touch-sensitive controls and a responsive trackpad. The keyboard is of the typical BlackBerry fodder, so previous BlackBerry owners should become accustomed to typing on it in no time.
The Curve 3G 9300 is a BlackBerry that remains true to its brand’s build. This will obviously appeal to previous BlackBerry owners looking to upgrade their handsets. The phone’s solid features and design make it a viable selection for those needing a smartphone for both business and pleasure, although its price is a bit on the high side.
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Corroborating Nielsen’s survey, comScore has released a study showing the progress of mobile platforms in the U.S. in the three months leading up to January. Android grew 7.7% since October, and captured 31.2% of the market share, followed by BlackBerry, which was down 5.4% to 30.4%, and the iPhone which stayed steady at 24.7%. As far as manufacturers go, Samsung is the top dog, claiming 24.9% mobile phone owners, followed by LG with 20.8%, Motorola at 16.5%, RIM at 8.6%, and Apple at 7%.
The survey also ran down mobile content usage, and as you might imagine, the majority (68.1%) used their phones for sending text messages, while 37% used the browser, 35% used apps, 25% accessed social networks, 23% played games, and only 16% listened to music. I would have thought for sure music would have been higher on the list, what with decent-sized microSD memory cards available and lots of palatable mobile music apps and services available.
Overall, not many surprises in this data. Android’s lead is only set to grow as manufacturers invest more and more into the platform and software developers want their apps on the widest array of handsets possible. It’s sad for me to see BlackBerry losing ground, and with iPhone not far behind, it’ll be a close race over the next couple of months.
Rezaul H Laskar
Islamabad, Feb 4 (PTI) Pakistani investigators probing the 2007 assassination of former premier Benazir Bhutto have obtained two BlackBerry mobile phones she was using at the time of her death, marking an important breakthrough in the probe.
The phones were found at Bilawal House, the Bhutto family”s residence in Karachi, by its staff.
They were handed over to a special team of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) but neither the investigators nor a spokesman for Bilawal House could say why it took three years for the phones to be found and handed over to authorities.
An official at Bilawal House told the media the phones were “voluntarily” handed over to the FIA and had been sent for forensic analysis.
Media reports quoted sources in the FIA as saying that the phone were recovered from a servant at Bilawal House.
However, an unnamed close aide of Bhutto, who was with her shortly before she was killed by a suicide attacker in Rawalpindi in December 2007, told the Dawn newspaper that she had only one BlackBerry at the time of her assassination.
“As far as I know, she had only one BlackBerry and used it only for text messaging and not for voice calls,” the aide was quoted as saying.
He said Bhutto sent some messages from her vehicle while travelling form Islamabad to Rawalpindi, where she addressed her last public meeting.
FIA sources contended that the phones were being used by Abdul Razzaq, a servant of President Asif Ali Zardari in Bilawal House.
The FIA believes it will be able to glean some clues from the information contained in the BlackBerry sets. The phones will help investigators to ascertain who had last called Bhutto and the last person she had called.
The phones may also help investigators ascertain if Bhutto received a call after leaving the venue of her public meeting and if the caller had asked her to emerge through her vehicle”s sunroof and wave to supporters.
“The findings of the forensic examination (of the phones) will be shared with the Interior Ministry,” FIA chief Waseem Ahmed told Dawn.
Officials of Bilawal House were unable to explain why they had not handed over the phones to authorities when investigators had declared they were missing.
According to Don Kellogg from the Nielsen Company, 31% of all mobile phone users in the U.S. own some type of a smartphone. More interestingly, it appears that the race for market share in the U.S. by the leading smartphone platforms – Android, iOS and BlackBerry – is in a dead heat.
We have already learnt from analysts at Canalys that shipments of Android-based smartphones globally commanded a 32.9% share of the market, followed by devices running Nokia’s Symbian OS at 30.6%, Apple’s iPhone OS at 16%, and RIM’s BlackBerry OS at 14.4%. Nielsen’s report today shows that RIM and Apple are still fairly popular in the US, being on equal terms with Android in terms of market share. In fact it is likely that Apple’s closed platform has limited its reach and stymied its growth globally, something it may wish to rectify if it hopes to match Android’s market share and growth.
Although the Canalys and Nielsen reports appear to be at odds, it is prudent to bear in mind that Canalys looked at total shipments of smartphones worldwide, whereas Nielsen’s report focusses on the install base of smartphones only in the US.
Irrespective of which report you look at, Android’s growth has been astounding. In Q4 2009, the Android platform commanded a mere 2% of the market. In contrast, RIM’s BlackBerry OS has really floundered with its market share falling by over 10% in the last year. Apple, however, has remained fairly consistent at around the 28% mark.
So, it hardly comes as a surprise that in the past six months, more people have chosen to buy an Android device over a BlackBerry or an iPhone.
Another interesting metric surveyed by Nielsen was the ethnicity of smartphone owners.
According to their survey Apple’s iOS is the platform of choice for Asian/Pacific Islanders, while the BlackBerry is favoured by African-Americans. Caucasian and Hispanic users appear to be using all three platforms evenly.
In a bid to take hold of the corporate smartphone market, and surpass the dominance threatened from the iPhone and Google’s Android OS, Research In Motion has created a new software application to allow users to separate work and personal data on their business mobile phone.
RIM has identified the Blackberry as a lifeline for the business world – and are noticing an overwhelming majority of workers using business mobile phones to combine their working and private lives.
However, this currently forces IT departments to manage confidential information on devices not equipped to deal with it, mobile phones like Apple’s iPhone has been criticised for having inadequate security or system features.
Blackberry mobile phones are a gem in the corporate world for their high confidentiality control – especially in comparison to other smartphone packages. And are cleverly carving themselves as the epitome of safe smartphoning.
Blackberry balance is their latest feature to continue their business supremacy; it will allow IT departments to control corporate data such as emails while keeping employee web browsing and social networking details separate and confidential.
Jeff McDowell, RIM’s senior vice-president for business and platform marketing, said:
“There are two fundamental use cases on the smartphone – enterprise and personal. The problem is that they are conflicting.
“We just wanted to create an innovative solution that allows enterprises to manage the corporate data side while at the same time give their employees the freedom to use Facebook and browse the Web and get their Internet email at the same time.”
He said carriers were now testing Balance and it should be available in North America within two months.
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The BlackBerry Style 9670 offers an affordable option for the budget friendly smartphone users with dual displays, a trusty keyboard, a 5 megapixel camera and more. Kevin Pereira and Candace Bailey review the 9670 device that sells for $20 with a contract.
Find the full review from Gadget Pron on Attack of the Show after the cut.
What You Need to Know
- It’s about twice as thick as an iPhone.
- The phone weighs about the same, though, and it doesn’t feel cheap.
- There’s an optical trackpad, but no touch screen.
- Blackberry’s latest OS is the best iteration yet; it’s intuitive, easy to use, and streamlined.
- The problem is, we still feel like it’s not as easy to use as an iPhone or Android phone with a responsive touch screen.
- Things like navigating web pages, zooming in on a map, and just general menu navigation feel slow to us.
- The physical keyboard is okay.
- The keys aren’t as ridged as other Blackberries, so your fingers might slide a little.
- That said, you get used to it and it’s nice to have a full keyboard inside a flip phone.
- As far as web browsing goes, page loading and navigation is faster than we remember.
- You can also load multiple tabs.
- We just can’t help but feel that browsing the web on a 2.7” screen without pinch and zoom is far from ideal.
- It does features a 5 megapixel camera.
- Indoor photo quality is grainy and might blur, but the flash helps.
- The phone only records VGA quality video.
- It’s still one of the best smartphones for e-mail, though; the combination of the keyboard and interface make this a tried-and-true solution for practically any e-mail account you can think of.
- Navigating through hundreds of e-mails is simple, since it’s all just swipe and click.
- You can get it for $20 with a contract on Amazon Wireless.
- 2 Seals of Approval Out of 5 (How do we rate gadgets?)
- We don’t think this is a bad phone, but it just feels outdated.
- You can pick up the Samsung Epic or the HTC Evo Shift for $100 or $120, respectively; they’re both 4G Android phones with full keyboards, and worth spending $80 or $100 more.
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Today’s globe is practicing the use of mobile phones at a great speed. The enthusiasm of mobile phones can be witnessed from every angle of the world. As the mobile phones obsession is growing at top speed you can notice the relentless flow of diverse mobile phone manufactures into the UK market. The brands like Samsung, BlackBerry, Motorola, Nokia, LG and so many are able to carry out the desires of the People with their advanced technologies. Among those brands BlackBerry is considered to be the king as it is being used by the elite class people. From the very early this brand is well received by the business class people.
The gigantic company has the great sphere of service all through the world. And it creates a collection of highly technical devices that make the customers’ purposes get satisfied. To enlarge its region of services BlackBerry has many schemes like contract deals, pay as you go deals, sim free deals, etc. But BlackBerry pay as you go places far away from the rest. It is a very easy way to utilize and also get a variety of free services.
[December 31, 2010]
Indian gov’t asks telecom department to validate Blackberry claims
NEW DELHI, Dec 31, 2010 (Xinhua via COMTEX) — The Indian government has asked its telecom department to verify whether Blackberry complied with its mandate to provide interception tools for its messenger chats by this year end, reported local daily The Economic Times on Friday.
The Indian Home Ministry has directed the telecom department to validate the claims of Canada’s Research in Motion, the company which makes Blackberry mobile phones, that it got installed a ” cloud computing-based system” to legally intercept messenger services on its mobile handsets, said the newspaper.
Earlier this month, Canada’s Research in Motion, the company which makes Blackberry, had told the Home Ministry that it had complied with the Indian government’s mandate to provide interception tools for BlackBerry messenger chats.
“We are happy to confirm that as per the compliance schedule agreed by both Research in Motion and the Ministry of Home Affairs, RIM (research in motion) infrastructure is ready to receive and process via the cloud computing-based system, lawfully intercepted BlackBerry messenger data from India service providers,” the Canadian company’s vice-president of industry, government and university relations Robert E. Crow had said.
The Indian government has been insisting that RIM should provide access to the data going through its servers for intelligence purposes. It’s estimated that there are some one million Blackberry smart phone users in this country.
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