Walmart Canada starts taking BlackBerry 10 pre-orders

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Jan 162013
 

WalmartWalmart Canada yesterday announced via Facebook that select store locations are now taking pre-orders for BlackBerry 10 devices.

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Just can’t wait? Pre-orders for the new BlackBerry are in stores now.

It’s not clear if the pre-orders apply only to the all-touch device expected to launch first or to both it and the QWERTY keyboard device as well.

Unfortunately, Walmart does not reveal what locations will take pre-orders. Call ahead before trekking down.

Bell, Koodo, Mobilicity, Rogers, SaskTel, TELUS, Virgin Mobile and WIND Mobile have all confirmed that they will carry BlackBerry 10 devices once they launch. The devices will be unveiled in two weeks in a series of global launch events.

Read more: Walmart Canada [via Facebook]

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

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)

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)

TELUS starts taking RIM BlackBerry 10 pre-registrations

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Jan 072013
 
Research In Motion

TELUS today became the latest Canadian carrier to start taking pre-registrations for BlackBerry 10 devices. While the tweet making the announcement boasted pre-orders, the sitelet set up only allows you to register to receive updates. This what Bell is doing more closely than the actual all-touch model reservations that Rogers is now taking. Having said that, TELUS says that “Pre-register now and you’ll be the first to know when pre order is available.”

TELUS has a small section dedicated to BlackBerry 10 showing off the textured back of what is likely the all-touch BlackBerry Z10 and a sneak peek video.

Research In Motion will unveil BlackBerry 10 and the first BlackBerry 10 devices at a number of worldwide events, including Toronto and New York, on January 30th.

Read more: TELUS [via Twitter]

Bell starts taking BlackBerry 10 pre-registrations

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Jan 042013
 

Bell today began allowing customers to pre-register for updates about the upcoming BlackBerry 10 launch. Both business and personal users (or those using both) are welcome to sign up.

It looks like the pre-registration will give customers a chance to get regular updates but does not give them a chance to reserve a BlackBerry 10 device the same way Rogers is doing.

Bell BlackBerry 10 pre-registration

Bell is also holding a weekly draw to award a new BlackBerry 10 device to lucky winners although it does not specify whether it will be the all-touch model or the one with a QWERTY keyboard. The contest closes on January 30th, the day that RIM will unveil its new BlackBerry devices. A total of five devices (each valued at CA$700) are up for grabs.

Read more: Bell (Source: MobileSyrup)

Two RIM BlackBerry 10 devices clear FCC?

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Jan 022013
 

Research In Motion will need to ensure that its upcoming BlackBerry 10 smartphones have all their necessary certifications in place before they can be launched. One such hurdle appears to have been passed: The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has given its approval to two BlackBerry devices identified only as the RFF91LW and RFH121LW. Unfortunately, confidentiality requests have hidden away some of the more interesting documents including photos and the user manuals. Aside from the standard test results, we have an image of where the FCC label will go, giving us the silhouette of the device:

FCC label for RIM BlackBerry RFF91LW

The BlackBerry RFF91LW was cleared for AT&T’s LTE and GSM bands. Sample devices provided all ran OS 10.0.9. Less information is available about the BlackBerry RFH121LW but it does support North American bands as well as bands that “are not operational in North America.” It could be a world edition of the same device.

With the devices not being specifically identified, it remains a possibility that the devices cleared by the FCC are not the upcoming BlackBerry Z10 or X10 but one of the Dev Alpha device that developers have been provided to help them build their BlackBerry 10 apps. If so, it’s likely that similar filings exist for those devices.

All will be revealed on January 30th when RIM unveils BlackBerry 10 and its first two BlackBerry 10 devices at a number of worldwide launch events, including Toronto and New York.

Read more: BlackBerry RFF91LW FCC filing and BlackBerry RFH121LW FCC filing (Source: PCMag)

More pictures of the QWERTY-keyboard RIM BlackBerry X10

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Dec 302012
 

It appears that the upcoming RIM BlackBerry X10, the first BlackBerry 10 device to come with a physical QWERTY keyboard, has lost its aversion to the camera. Its all-touch BlackBerry Z10 sibling is now having to share the limelight more often as more leaked pictures have surfaced. The latest come courtesy of an N4BB anonymous source:

Rumoured RIM BlackBerry X10

Rumoured RIM BlackBerry X10

Rumoured RIM BlackBerry X10

While these latest pictures reveal nothing we have not seen before, they do show the BlackBerry X10 running the upcoming BlackBerry 10 whereas previous pictures have only shown us a black screen. They are also clearer than what we have seen before.

RIM will unveil the BlackBerry X10 and BlackBerry Z10 (assuming that these are the official names) on January 30th, 2013 at a number of worldwide launch events.

Read more: N4BB

BBM Remember to be new BlackBerry 10 task app?

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Dec 272012
 
BlackBerry 10 BBM Remember

Research In Motion has confirmed that its upcoming BlackBerry 10 operating system will include no BlackBerry 7 legacy code and is built instead on its QNX acquisition. Existing apps and services will be updated and new ones will also be unveiled. We caught a glimpse yesterday of BBM Video and another leaked slide also obtained via the CrackBerry forums today has revealed BlackBerry Remember.

Rumoured BBM Remember app

BlackBerry Remember will be BB10’s new task app. It also promises to do more than simply track your upcoming tasks and to-do’s. it promises to let you “capture and organize content and ideas in a way that makes it easy to decide what to do next.” You will be able to create tasks and goals from anywhere on the device and group them and track your progress for each. BBM Remember will also sync these tasks with your Outlook calendar.

All should be revealed at RIM’s upcoming worldwide unveiling events on January 30th, 2013.

Read more: CrackBerry

BBM Video with screen sharing coming to BlackBerry 10?

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Dec 262012
 
Leaked slide about BBM Video

Not only is the recently introduced BBM Voice coming to BlackBerry 10 but leaked slides that first popped up in the CrackBerry forums suggest that Research In Motion’s new operating system will also offer BBM Video, a new Apple FaceTime-like service.

According to the leaked documents BBM Video will let BBM users “chat with a colleague or customer then transition to a video call for improved collaboration and share a presentation or spreadsheet instantly to help get the message across more clearly – all at the push of a button.”

Leaked slide about BBM Voice in BlackBerry 10

Leaked slide about BBM Voice in BlackBerry 10

A closer look at the screenshots shows that a video of the person you are talking to will take up most of the display with your own image at the bottom in a status bar. BBM Voice will also work with BBM Groups.

Expect more to be revealed about BBM Voice along with the first BlackBerry 10 devices on January 30th when RIM holds a number of worldwide launch events (including ones in Toronto and New York).

Read more: CrackBerry

Photo of BlackBerry X10 next to BlackBerry Z10?

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Dec 242012
 

We’ve seen pictures of the all-touch BlackBerry 10 L-Series smartphone (the BlackBerry X10?) and the QWERTY-keyboard BlackBerry 10 N-Series (the BlackBerry Z10?), including this one earlier today. But never have they been seen next to each other. A new leaked image has them side-by-side now. A third device on the left, sports a different keyboard layout (without the frets). Perhaps it’s the recently announced Dev Alpha C device which comes with a physical QWERTY keyboard.

Rumoured BlackBerry X10 next to BlackBerry Z10
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All will be revealed in just over a month when Research In Motion formally unveils its BlackBerry 10 devices at a series of events across the world on January 30th, 2013.

Read more: 4Chan (Source: MobileSyrup)

Video: RIM BlackBerry 10 browser demo

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Dec 202012
 

With the launch of Research In Motion’s new BlackBerry 10 devices just over a month away, you can expect the hype and news coverage to grow. RIM has been ramping up the product demos recently and today released a short video demonstration of its BlackBerry 10 browser. Aside from running an HTML5 game very smoothly, the new browser features an interface designed to keep clutter to a minimum. You can now also tag your bookmarks to improve organization.

RIM will unveil BlackBerry 10 and its first two BlackBerry 10 devices (including the BlackBerry Z10?) on January 30th, 2013.

Read more: Inside BlackBerry Blog

First RIM BlackBerry 10 device to be called BlackBerry Z10?

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Dec 202012
 

With just over a month to go before Research In Motion unveils its first BlackBerry 10 smartphones, a report has emerged that the company will change its long-standing naming convention with the launch of its new operating system. The usually reliable @evleaks has obtained a marketing document that the four digit model number convention will make way for a new alphanumeric one.

Rumoured BlackBerry 10 Z10 smartphone

The image suggests that the first all-touch BlackBerry L-Series will be known as the BlackBerry Z10. The image also confirms that it will be available in both black and white.

The report adds that the upcoming QWERTY keyboard device could be known as the BlackBerry X10.

With media events planned for January 30th, 2013 in Toronto, New York as well as Dubai, Johannesburg, London and Paris, all should be revealed very soon.

What do you think? Good name?

Read more: UnwiredView