Two more BlackBerry Z10 renders surface? (Updated)

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Jan 242013
 

With days remaining before Research In Motion unveils its BlackBerry 10 devices, two more renders of its all-touch device have surfaced courtesy of @evleaks:

Rumoured RIM BlackBerry Z10

The BlackBerry Z10 has been leaked more than a few times and it’s quite likely to be one of the two devices that RIM will unveil on January 30th. The second is expected to be the BlackBerry X10 with physical QWERTY keyboard.

Rumours earlier today suggest that at least two Canadian carriers, Bell and TELUS, could launch the BlackBerry Z10 on February 5th for CA$650 contract-free.

Update: And here is another showing the BlackBerry Z10 in both black and white?

Rumoured RIM BlackBerry Z10

Read more: @evleaks [via Twitter] and @evleaks [via Twitter]

Rumour: Bell to offer BlackBerry Z10 for CA$650 with no contract starting February 5th

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Jan 242013
 
Bell

We are now only days from Research In Motion announcing its BlackBerry 10 smartphones. Along with the new devices, we expect to learn when they will launch and what pricing will be like. Ahead of the announcement, HowardForums has learned that Bell will launch its first BlackBerry 10 device, presumably the all-touch BlackBerry Z10 as the QWERTY-keyboard model is set to launch a bit later, on February 5th. Available in black or white, it will sell for CA$650 with no contract.

Dealers are expected to start receiving stock on January 30th, the day of the announcement itself.

A separate rumour earlier this week indicated that U.S. carriers would offer the BlackBerry Z10 for US$149 or below with a two-year contract. Canada could see it for a similar price but with a three-year contract instead.

The BlackBerry Z10 is expected to come with LTE connectivity, a 4.2-inch HD display (1280×768), 2GB of RAM, 16GB of onboard storage, an 8MP rear camera, a 2MP front camera, and a 1,800mAh battery.

Update: According to CrackBerry, TELUS will also launch the BlackBerry Z10 on February 5th. If the rumours are accurate, it is likely that Rogers (and possibly other carriers) would also launch on this date.

Read more: HowardForums and CrackBerry

WIND Mobile now taking BlackBerry 10 pre-registrations

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Jan 232013
 

WIND Mobile is among the Canadian carriers that have already confirmed plans to offer BlackBerry 10 devices once they launch. With a week to go before Research In Motion unveils its new devices, the carrier has begun to accept pre-registrations. Anyone interested can sign up to receive future communications about WIND Mobile’s plans for the devices.

WIND Mobile BB10 pre-registration

The pre-registrtation page sheds no information on launch date and pricing details but those should be revealed next week. Or sign up to get them directly to your inbox when WIND Mobile announces them!

Read more: WIND Mobile

RIM rebrands its app store to BlackBerry World

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Jan 212013
 

Research In Motion today announced that its BlackBerry App World web store has been rebranded and is now known as BlackBerry World. The move comes as RIM gets ready to broaden its app store’s catalog to include videos and music (and movies in the future) as well as apps sot that it can become a ” one-stop shop for all of your mobile entertainment needs.”

With BlackBerry World, there are various ways to browse, download, buy, and manage apps using a BlackBerry smartphone, BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, or desktop or laptop computer,— inspiration is at your fingertips. And if you find something you love and want to tell the world, you can easily share it with your friends over BBM, Facebook and Twitter. Also, you can simply tap smartphones together and invite your friends to download it — just like that.

BlackBerry World

The change is first coming to the web storefront. It will be rolled out to the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet and BlackBerry smartphones “in the coming weeks.”

Read more: Inside BlackBerry Official Blog

BlackBerry Z10 pricing revealed along with more BB10 information?

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Jan 212013
 
RIM BlackBerry

With a little over a week to go before Research In Motion launched BlackBerry 10, BGR has landed new details about the pricing of the BlackBerry Z10 all-touch device. If accurate, it appears that RIM and its U.S. carrier partners will offer it for US$149 or below with a two-year contract. That could translate to about the same here in Canada but likely with a three-year contract.

BGR has also obtained from a “close source” about 100 screenshots of the BlackBerry 10 operating system in full detail. It’s a comprehensive overview that covers everything from device setup including an introduction to its gestures, the BlackBerry Hub and built-in apps, and the Siri-like voice assistant. Here is just three of them:

RIM BlackBerry 10 screenshot
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RIM BlackBerry 10 screenshot
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RIM BlackBerry 10 screenshot
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Will RIM have anything left to announce next week with all these leaks?

Read more: BGR

Kitchener to deck out city for BlackBerry 10 launch

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Jan 192013
 
RIM BlackBerry

Research In Motion’s Corporate Head Office is located in Waterloo, Ontario, not far from Kitchener, its sister city. Despite recent downsizing, it still employs thousands in the local area. It should come as no surprise then that the Kitchener-Waterloo area is getting in on the BlackBerry launch celebrations. Normally, Kitchener has a bylaw that prevents private companies from using publicly owned property for self-promotion (Waterloo does not). But the city has decided to make an exception for RIM and will allow it to put up banners and promote its BlackBerry 10 launch with skating parties and refreshments.

The city council vote was nearly unanimous with only one councillor voting against the exception. For his part, Councillor Berry Vrbanovic who brought the motion forward said, “If we look at how much this company has done for the community and how important this launch is globally, it only makes sense for us to be supportive of it.”

Both city mayors were equally supportive. “There are very few companies that have had the kind of influence over this community in terms of the local economy,” said Kitchener Mayor Carl Zehr. Waterloo Mayor Brenda Halloran added, “It just makes sense for us to be supportive of RIM and to allow them to put their banners up. We believe in RIM.”

Thanks in large part to RIM, Kitchener-Waterloo is widely seen as a world-class centre for technology and innovation. It has been influential in setting up institutions such as the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and the Centre for International Governance Innovation. It is well known for its philanthropic contributions to the local area.

It could be quite the party in K-W in just over a week!

Read more: CBC News

WIND Mobile now supporting BlackBerry App World carrier billing

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Jan 162013
 
WIND Mobile

WIND Mobile today announced the availability of carrier billing for the App World for its BlackBerry users. It will allow customers to purchase content from RIM’s app store and charge it directly to their WIND Mobile monthly bill or to their credit card.

The move comes just in time for RIM’s BlackBerry 10 launch in two weeks. WIND Mobile has already confirmed its intention to offer the latest BlackBerry devices.

Carrier billing for the RIM App World is already supported by Bell, Rogers, and TELUS.

Read more: WIND Mobile [via Twitter]

Almost complete BlackBerry Z10 specifications revealed?

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Jan 162013
 

With only two weeks to go before Research In Motion unveils its first BlackBerry 10 devices, the leaks are coming in fast and furious. In the latest, TechRadar has obtained a slidedeck that reveals the key specifications of RIM’s upcoming all-touch device (the first L-Series device perhaps to be known as the BlackBerry Z10). Here is what is revealed:

  • Operating system: RIM BlackBerry 10
  • Cellular connectivity: LTE (three variants) or 21Mbps HSPA+ (one variant)
  • Other connectivity: GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC
  • Display: 4.2-inch HD (1280×768)
  • Memory: 2GB RAM
  • Storage: 16GB onboard
  • Rear-facing camera: 8MP with LED flash and 1080p video capture
  • Front-facing camera: 2MP with 720p video capture
  • Battery: 1,800mAh

Rumoured BlackBerry Z10 specifications

Missing from these specifications is the processor powering the BlackBerry Z10. Past rumours have suggested a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor (except perhaps for the London HSPA+ variant). Otherwise, they line up well for the most part with what we have seen in the past.

Missing from these specifications is the processor powering the BlackBerry Z10. Past rumours have suggested a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor (except perhaps for the London HSPA+ variant).

With only 14 days to go before the big unveil, these rumours will be laid to rest once and for all.

Read more: TechRadar

BlackBerry 10 coming to all four major U.S. carriers

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Jan 132013
 
RIM BlackBerry

A number of Canadian carriers have now announced that they will carry BlackBerry 10 devices when they launch. The same happened this week in the U.S. where all four major carriers made similar announcements. First, a report by Reuters indicated that AT&T, T-Mobile USA, and Verizon would all carry the upcoming devices. Then came confirmation from Sprint that it would also offer at least one device in 2013.

At least two carrier executives expressed cautious optimism about their upcoming launches and the devices themselves:

  • T-Mobile USA CEO John Legere: “We’re extremely optimistic that it’s going to be a successful product and our business customers are extremely interested in it.”
  • Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam: “We’re hopeful its going to be a good device,” adding, “We’ll carry it.”

AT&T Chief Marketing Officer David Christopher confirmed that they would support the platform and handset executive Jeff Bradley added, “It’s logical to expect our current (BlackBerry) customers will have the best BlackBerry devices to choose from in the future.”

For its part, Sprint only indicated that it “plans to bring BlackBerry 10 to our customers later this year. We will share more details soon.”

Research In Motion is now working with more than 150 carriers across the world and many have now confirmed that they will offer BlackBerry 10 smartphones shortly after their launch.

Read more: Reuters and BGR

First BlackBerry 10 smartphone to launch on February 28th?

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Jan 112013
 

Research In Motion will unveil its much anticipated BlackBerry 10 devices on January 30th at a series of worldwide events, including ones in Toronto and New York. But it’s not quite as clear when these devices will actually go on sale. RIM has remained tight-lipped about those details so far. A leaked Best Buy Canada inventory system screenshot now has given us our first clue:

Best Buy inventory system reveals BlackBerry 10 device launch date?

The image suggests that the Bell version of the BlackBerry 10 smartphone will launch on February 28th. Two things are likely: This will be the all-touch device (the BlackBerry Z10?) and other carrier launches will happen at the same time.

Needless to say, RIM had no comment when asked about the dates: “We understand that there is a lot of excitement for BlackBerry 10. We will launch the platform on January 30th and until then we won’t comment on speculation.”

RIM has previously indicated that pricing and availability details will be announced when it unveils its new devices.

Read more: BGR

BlackBerry 10 coming soon to Koodo, Mobilicity and WIND Mobile

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Jan 112013
 
RIM BlackBerry

It is now easier to list the Canadian carriers not planning to launch BlackBerry 10 devices than the ones who are. Koodo, Mobilicity and WIND Mobile today all confirmed their intention to offer BlackBerry 10 smartphones soon. As with Bell, Rogers, SaskTel, TELUS, and Virgin Mobile, no specific details were provided – We can expect those after Research In Motion’s announcement on January 30th.

Koodo made their announcement via a Facebook exclusive: “The new BlackBerry 10 is coming soon to Koodo!” Mobilicity and WIND Mobile confirmed their intent via emails sent to MobileSyrup.

Research In Motion will unveil its BlackBerry 10 smartphones (an all-touch and one with a QWERTY keyboard) in only 19 days. The devices are expected to hit the street shortly after.

Read more: Koodo Mobile [via Facebook] and MobileSyrup

BlackBerry 10 “coming soon” to SaskTel

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Jan 102013
 
SaskTel

You can now add SaskTel to the list of Canadian carriers getting ready for the launch of BlackBerry 10. Like Bell, Rogers, TELUS and Virgin which have also confirmed plans to carry BlackBerry 10 devices, SaskTel has created an information sitelet for the new operating systems. It highlights a number of features such as Camera with Time Shift and BlackBerry Hub. Unlike the others, it does not offer the option to sign up for updates or reserve a device. Perhaps that will be offered later.

Research In Motion will unveil its first BlackBerry 10 devices on January 30th at a series of worldwide events, including ones in Toronto and New York. Two devices will be launched, the first an all-touch one and the second one with a QWERTY keyboard. Additional devices will launch later this year.

Read more: SaskTel (Source: MobileSyrup)

Porsche Design P’9981 unveiled in black

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Jan 102013
 

Porsche Design P'9981Porsche Design yesterday a black version of its luxury P’9981 smartphone. Specifications-wise, it is identical to the original P’9981 launched over a year ago. The all-black model is made of a stainless steel frame encased in black plastic with a hand-wrapped leather backing. Like the original, it comes with a customized version of BlackBerry OS 7.1 with Porsche Design icons and the Porsche font. It also includes a premium BBM PIN to help identify other P’9981 users.

“Since the beginning, our brand has been identified with the colour black,” said Juergen Gessler, CEO of the Porsche Design Group. “Our first product was a completely black watch. It was a revolutionary product and was a sensation all over the world. As is typical of Porsche Design, the colour black had a functional significance. The “Chronograph I” was inspired by the non-reflective design of racing car controls, with everything in matte black apart from the instruments. The aim was to ensure a clear and easy-to-read display. The Porsche Design P’9981 Black follows this tradition.”

As a quick reminder, the Porsche Design P’9981 is powered by a 1.2GHz processor, the aforementioned BlackBerry OS 7.1, a 2.8-inch VGA capacitive touchscreen, a QWERTY keyboard, 8GB of onboard storage, a microSD card slot with included 16GB card and a 5MP rear camera.

The P’9981 Black may not be for everyone but if it’s the smartphone you have been waiting for, it will be available starting in mid-January through Porsche Design stores worldwide and online. In Canada, it will be available at Porsche Design Toronto in Yorkville for CA$2,050.

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RIM to launch at least six BlackBerry 10 devices in 2013

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Jan 092013
 
Research In Motion

Research In Motion will unveil its first two BlackBerry devices. One will be an all-touch model and the second will sport a physical QWERTY keyboard. But this is only the beginning. In an interview with FierceWireless, CMO Frank Boulben confirmed that RIM is planning to launch additional devices to cover a range of markets and price points. “We intend over time as we transition the portfolio to have a full range of devices,” he explained. In 2013, RIM is looking to launch at least six devices (confirming earlier rumours). None of these devices will be carrier exclusives.

No details were given about the additional devices coming later in the year. Could we see the rumoured M-Series keyboard sliders among them?

Over 150 carriers are currently testing BlackBerry 10 devices. “They very much believe that we can be the third platform,” Boulben said. In Canada, Bell, Rogers, TELUS and Virgin Mobile have all announced plans to carry new BlackBerry 10 devices.

Recognizing the importance of a vibrant ecosystem, BlackBerry 10 will launch with some 70,000 applications available from the first day. 90 percent of the top 600 apps in major markets will be available.

The launch will also mark the start of a new global marketing campaign that will include TV ads that will show focus on BlackBerry 10’s gestural interface and features such as BlackBerry Flow, BlackBerry Peek, and BlackBerry Hub.

Read more: FierceWireless

Virgin Mobile Canada now taking BlackBerry 10 pre-registrations

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Jan 082013
 

Virgin Mobile Canada today began to take pre-registrations for the upcoming BlackBerry 10 smarpthones. Those who sign up will also be entered to win one of four new BlackBerry devices (model unspecified).

Virgin Mobile BlackBerry 10 pre-registrations

Research In Motion will unveil its much anticipated BlackBerry 10 devices on January 30th in a series of worldwide events, including Toronto and New York. It will announce an all-touch device (BlackBerry Z10?) and another with a QWERTY keyboard (BlackBerry X10?)

Read more: Virgin Mobile Canada (Source: Twitter)