Wednesday, November 2, 2011

If you’re in the market for a new Blackberry phone and are either on or would like to be on the T-Mobile network, then you may wish to look at the upcoming BlackBerry Torch 9810 running on the latest BlackBerry 7 operating system. Packed with a 1.2 GHz processor, 3.2-inch TFT VGA touch-screen, and a 5-megapixel camera, the BlackBerry faithfuls will be happy to also find a slide-out keyboard. You can pre-order your Torch today from T-Mobile for $249.99 with a $50 mail-in-rebate with a two-year contract.

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Today, T-Mobile announced the upcoming availability of the BlackBerry® Torch™ 9810, the latest 4G BlackBerry smartphone to join America’s Largest 4G Network™. Powered by the latest BlackBerry 7 operating system and a 1.2 GHz processor, the BlackBerry Torch 9810 provides a fast and fluid premium smartphone experience. The BlackBerry Torch 9810 combines a brilliant 3.2-inch TFT VGA capacitive touch-screen display with a full QWERTY slide-out keyboard for a truly efficient and intuitive mobile communications experience.

Encased in a sleek and stylish form factor with a zinc grey color finish, the BlackBerry Torch 9810 is equipped with essential smartphone features, including access to BBM™ (BlackBerry® Messenger), personal and corporate e-mail, and social networking applications; a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash and 720p HD video recording; and access to BlackBerry App World™ for downloading premium applications and games.

The BlackBerry Torch 9810 is expected to be available in an exclusive pre-sale for T-Mobile business customers beginning today, November 2. The smartphone is expected to be available nationwide at T-Mobile retail stores, select dealers and national retailers, and online at http://www.t-mobile.com starting November 9. The BlackBerry Torch 9810 is expected to cost $249.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate card, with a two-year service agreement and qualifying Classic voice and data plan.



Smartphones are quickly becoming the phone in everyone’s pocket and purse and with that comes the availability of music, GPS, and other aids for you to use while on the road. Car mount kits are very popular but finding a good one is much tougher. Every one I have used with the long goose necks never give me a steady way to hold my iPhone and many other cradles seem to make things more complex with too many elbows to tighten down. Today Bracketron releases the Cradle-iT Dash Mount that not only locks down your iPhone but does it for Blackberry and Android devices as well. The universal mount will either mount to your dash or windshield without the need for tools or surface mounts. This makes it perfect for using between more than one vehicle and its small sized easily lets you travel with it in a purse or bag as well as for allowing for easy storage in today’s modern tiny glove box. For $30, this isn’t a bad deal at all, though I wished it had a dock connector port. More deets below.

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Minneapolis, MN – October 17, 2011– Bracketron, the leading manufacturer in mounting solutions for mobile consumer electronics, announces the retail availability of the Cradle-iT Dash Mount, a powerful suction mount that uses patented technology to secure your mobile device in a safe and convenient position on your vehicle’s dashboard. The Cradle-iT mounts your mobile device with or without a case, and easily pivots and rotates to maximize your viewing angle. The mount offers 360-degree adjustability and can be easily switched between vehicles or even used on your office desk and other flat surfaces. The Cradle-iT Dash Mount is available now for $29.95 at national retailers and Bracketron.com.

“The Cradle-iT Dash Mount is an extremely versatile universal mount for handheld mobile devices,” said Mark Mandel, Executive Vice President of Bracketron. “This innovative product is one of many Bracketron mounts that help drivers to responsibly use their mobile devices in their vehicles, ensuring that GPS applications can be viewed at an optimized angle and the device is in a secure position.”

The Cradle-iT Dash Mount’s innovative design consists of three main parts including a powerful suction cup, an arm with a ball and socket joint, and a flexible cradle holder. The suction cup features a polyurethane ring with Bracketron’s groundbreaking, patented Temporbond technology. This adhesive-free grip technology provides the ultimate hold without leaving a sticky residue. The suction cup also features a lever that is pushed to install the mount and pulled up to remove it. The combined technologies of the suction cup result in an unbelievably strong grip, while Temporbond also allows you to mount the suction cup to almost any surface whether it is smooth or textured.

The arm of the Cradle-iT mount includes a ball and socket joint that allows for 360-degree rotation of the cradle holder, letting you to maximize your viewing angle for complete comfort and ease. The holder was designed to fit most handheld smartphones so that device controls are easily accessible. Its universal design is compatible with iPhone®, Blackberry, Android and more. Different handheld mobile devices can easily be switched in and out of the universal holder, providing incredible flexibility. Installation takes seconds and requires no tools. The mount is also compact and fits easily in a bag, glove compartment or purse when not in use.

Features

• Unique cradle design securely grips your device, with or without a case
• Innovative design features a patented polyurethane ring for secure hold
• Mounts to most hard or textured surfaces, including your windshield
• Cradle design allows full access to all device controls
• Pivots and rotates for multiple viewing angles
• Portable design for easy installation and removal
• Fits most handheld smartphones

About Bracketron
Founded in 2001, Bracketron is the industry leader in universal mounting solutions and accessories for many of today’s most popular mobile and handheld technologies, including GPS, smartphone, iPad/tablet, MP3, satellite radio and PC. Bracketron offers a broad selection of mounting configuration options designed to offer an optimal level of flexibility and functionality. The company has broadened its product line to include a variety of flexible mounting options designed to extend the use of the device and enhance the overall user experience.

For more information about Bracketron, visit www.bracketron.com.



Tuesday, October 4, 2011

New from the Quirky community comes Ray, a silicone suction cup charger that can attach itself to a window in the direction of the sun or stand up via it’s kick stand. Ray rejuvenates his internal battery to which your USB connected device can suck power from Ray to charge itself. So, instead of waiting for hours for the sun charge your electronic gadget like some other solar powered chargers, you will quickly get power from Ray. Leave Ray in the direction of the sun and come back later to top yourself off. Pretty stinking cool if you ask me! Ray is available for presale in Quirky’s online store for $39.99 (MSRP: $49.99). Get full deets below in the press release.

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New York, NY — October 4, 2011 — Today marks the official release of Ray, a community developed solar powered charger for gadgets on the go.

Never go powerless again with Quirky’s new portable charging device. Simply stick Ray’s powerful silicone suction cup in the sun’s direction or use its tilting kickstand on flat surfaces in multiple positions to capture the maximum amount of sunlight. Electronic devices can be plugged into the easily accessible USB port. Ray’s compact battery stores enough energy for a full phone charge, and the LED indicator light keeps you appraised of its status. When you are through getting juiced, simply tuck your USB cords into the kickstand when closed.

Ray is the 137th product designed and developed by the Quirky community since Quirky’s launch on June 2, 2009. Ray is the dream of Quirky community member of Brandon Craven, from Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania and was brought to life on quirky.com with the help of 988 influencers.

Quirky makes invention accessible by partnering with creative people around the world to bring new products to life. This week ends the development phase of Ray, and it is now available for presale in Quirky’s online store for $39.99 (MSRP: $49.99).

You might remember other successful Quirky products including Space Bar, a USB shelf for your computer screen; Pivot Power, a flexible power strip; and the PowerCurl, a cord wrap for Apple’s MagSafe power adapter.

Quirky engages participants to collaborate in every aspect of product creation — from ideation, design, naming, manufacturing, marketing, right on through to sales. Anyone can participate on Quirky.com either by submitting their own product idea for $10, or by voting, rating, and influencing other people’s product ideas. Cooler still, 30¢ of every dollar generated from the direct sale of a Quirky product goes back to these influencers.

Every week, users post ideas on Quirky to be rated by the Quirky community. The community surveys the submissions during a seven-day evaluation period and selects one product to move forward into product development. Quirky’s community then begins weighing in on everything from naming to logo selection to packaging through to prototype.

The final product becomes available for presale in the Quirky online store (quirky.com/products). Once the product hits its presale threshold, credit cards are charged, and the product goes into production and delivery. At this point, 30¢ of every dollar made from the sale of these products goes back to the community. “Community” in this case covers both the ideator as well as all people who voted, commented, and rated the project idea along the way.



Wednesday, September 21, 2011

T-Mobile has just announced the BlackBerry Curve 9360. You know, the new one running BlackBerry 7 operating system with the all new Webkit-browser. It comes in two stylish colors, black and merlot, well, I guess black isn’t too stylish anymore but merlot is pretty cool. The Curve comes with a 2.4-inch screen, full QWERTY keypad and navigation track-pad. A 5-megapixel camera with flash is packed into your black or merlot unit along with Wi-Fi so you can easily send movies or pictures saving on cellular data use. The Curve 9360 comes preloaded with some apps such as Foursqure – check in! – and BlackBerry Messenger.

Current T-Mobile customers can pre-order the device on September 21st while nationwide orders can be made on the 28th of September. Those desiring the merlot flavor will have to wait until October 12th. Your cost for either color will be $79.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate card, with a two-year service agreement and qualifying classic voice and data plan.

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Today, T-Mobile announced the upcoming availability of the BlackBerry Curve 9360, which combines powerful new BlackBerry features with an attractive price point. The new BlackBerry smartphone will be available in two stylish color finishes – black and merlot. Running the latest BlackBerry 7 operating system and utilizing the powerful BlackBerry 7 Webkit-browser, the BlackBerry Curve 9360 provides an intuitive smartphone experience, perfect for those who depend on their smartphone to keep their personal and work lives organized. The new BlackBerry Curve is designed to address a large and important segment of the global mobile phone market where customers are looking to upgrade their existing feature phone or existing BlackBerry Curve with an affordable, easy-to-use, full-featured and socially-connected smartphone.

Encased in a sleek package, including a wide 2.4-inch screen, full QWERTY keypad and navigation track-pad, the BlackBerry Curve 9360 is ideal for efficient mobile communications. The new smartphone is also equipped with essential smartphone features such a 5-megapixel camera with flash, video recorder and Wi-Fi connectivity for voice and data for a premium smartphone experience. The next generation BlackBerry Curve smartphone delivers the world’s best mobile communications and social experiences with the latest release of BBM™ (BlackBerry® Messenger) pre-loaded and now extends the real time BBM experience to a range of other apps, such as Foursquare, allowing users to easily interact with each other from within the ‘BBM connected’ app.

The BlackBerry Curve 9360 is expected to be available in an exclusive pre-sale for T-Mobile business customers beginning today, Sept. 21. The smartphone will be available in the black color finish at T-Mobile retail stores and at select dealers and national retailers nationwide starting Sept. 28 and is expected to be available in an exclusive merlot color finish starting Oct. 12. The BlackBerry Curve 9360 is expected to cost $79.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate card, with a two-year service agreement and qualifying classic voice and data plan.



If you’re looking for a quick and efficient way to scan barcodes and you have a smartphone or iPad, then you’ll want to give the KoamTac sled a look over. Made for iPhone, iPad, Android, and Blackberry (did we forget that in the heading?), the KDC400 supports both 1D and 2D barcodes as well as triple and Japan dual header MSR. If you know what all this means, then you’ll want to read the press release for the full 411.

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Princeton, NJ, September 20, 2011 – KoamTac, Inc. announced today the release of the KDC400 product suite of Barcode and MSR sleds for Smartphones and Pads. The KDC400 Barcode and MSR base system with custom rugged cases for Smartphones and Pads provide the most powerful and cost effective industrial PDA and tablet solution.

“Traditional industrial PDA and tablets reply on old operating systems and seem unable to catch up with the latest mobile OS revolutions such as the Google Android, RIM Blackberry, Apple iPhone iOS and Microsoft Windows. Many users are very frustrated using expensive but slow traditional industrial PDA and tablets at work, while enjoying inexpensive but fast Smartphones and Pads in their personal daily lives”, said Dr. Hanjin Lee, CEO and founder of KoamTac, Inc. “KDC400 supports virtually all major Smartphones and Pads in the market, thereby reducing support and maintenance issues for mixed estates of mobile devices. We are proud to offer the only universal barcode and MSR sled in the market enabling customers to protect their investment in KDC400. Users can change their Smartphone by simply replacing the custom Smartphone case without modifying the Barcode and MSR base system. We believe this is a strong endorsement of flexibility and functionality of KoamTac’s offerings.”

KDC400 supports both 1D and 2D barcodes as well as triple and Japan dual header MSR. KDC410 is 1D Barcode sled, KDC415 is 1D and MSR sled, KDC420 is 2D Barcode sled, KDC425 is 2D and MSR sled and KDC430 is MSR sled. Samsung Galaxy SII and Apple iPhone4 cases are now available and more custom Smartphone and Pads cases will be available in the future.

KDC100/200/250/300 Bluetooth barcode scanners are designed specifically for use with Smart Phones and Pads. KoamTac’s KDC series offers enterprises the opportunity to add professional barcode scanning to their mobile workers’ handset of choice in many industries including: transportation, field service, retail and healthcare. Given its ultra small size and light weight, many customers attach the KDC unit to their body using our convenient retractable lanyard. An optional glove with a built-in trigger button provides the lightest and the most economical wearable barcode scanning configuration. Custom Smartphone cases for KDC400 would be also available for KDC100/200/250/300 models.

About KoamTac, Inc.

KoamTac is the Innovator of the KDC Data Companion for adding Professional Barcode Scanning and Magnetic Stripe Reading to Smartphones & Pads. KoamTac’s products are the world’s smallest and lightest barcode terminals and universal sled on the market supporting 1D/2D barcodes, Triple and Japan dual header MSR, V2.1+EDR Class 2 Bluetooth, 1″ OLED display, rechargeable battery, and 4MB of memory for storing 100,000+ product records in traditional batch data collection applications. Bundled KTSync® keyboard wedge and application generation software enables barcode scanning integration without modification to most line-of-business applications. For additional information, contact us at www.koamtac.com.



Wednesday, January 26, 2011
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There’s so much talk about how the iPhone has lost much traction to Google’s free mobile operating system, Android. But when one takes a look at where the momentum is really occurring — with Verizon — then it doesn’t appear to be all that impressive.

Remember: Big Red used to be the most boring home for smartphones — actually any phone — on the cellular landscape here in the States. In comes Motorola with a badly needed hit after many duds post-RAZR and Google with Android. Verizon saw an opportunity to blitz a coast-to-coast campaign with Droid advertisement to make even grandma know what the heck a Droid was.

This wasn’t your father’s BlackBerry — this was way cooler phone, boi! Cool was what Verizon needed as bad as Moto needed a rebirth. Both companies got their wish.

When you throw a lot of money at something, you can sell an Eskimo a freezer. Much like Microsoft planted Windows on 90 plus percent of the world’s computers, Verizon got Android everywhere. It wasn’t that it was better or the best, it was all Verizon had, pretty much. Suits bought RIM products. Tweens bought Droids. Mom and dad liked the Droids and soon they bought them, too. But secretly, they still all wanted iPhones.

But what about the openness? I keep hearing about how great the open source format of the Droid is, but does it really make a difference for the end user?

Between HTC SensUI and Motoblur, the interfaces are clumsy and inconsistent. These add-ons also prolong the update cycle for each manufacturer. Android has already been plagued with viruses and malware while iPhone users have sat safe. Sure, you can get more porn and old-school video game VMs on your Android with ease, but so can the iPhone with a simple jailbreak. When the dust settles, I don’t see a clear advantage with Android and its “openness”.

How the iPhone and Droid Experiences Match Up

What it comes down to is simple: Android has been playing catchup to the iPhone since Google purchased the company and released the T-Mobile G1. Each release betters, but never improves over the iPhone. Sure, I’m not going to be an idiot and deny some aspects of Android are nice due to the open architecture of the operating system, but when I play on my Droid X, I find myself in just a mere few minutes longing for my iPhone.

It just doesn’t feel right in my hands.

My brain keeps telling me that it’s just an iPhone copy trying hard to cover up the fact that it’s a copy…and doing a poor job of it. The music player looks horrible, navigation is agonizing, widgets add to confusion, and battery life is worse than an iPhone. Sure, I can view Flash websites on my Android device, but is it worth the instability I am rewarded with?

Past, Present, and Future

Like Android 3.0, the mobile OS for tablets, 2.2 for the smartphones is all catchup. Google will continue its cat and mouse game with each release while Apple ignores the market and further creates a new one. Many laughed at Apple when Jobs proclaimed the death of the stylus. Who’s laughing now? Whiners teared over the lack of a physical keyboard. Why are more Android-based devices coming with just a virtual keyboard today? Power users demand dedicated buttons and now we hear the iPhone 5 may not even have ONE. Shall I predict now Motorola and HTC will follow suit?

I see Google simply continuing to copy Apple like Microsoft’s Bing does to the Mountain View-based search giant. Microsoft won’t win that fight playing that game nor will Google while it attempts to keep up with Jobses. With Schmidt no longer “babysitting”, it shall be very interesting to see where things lead for Android but I will tell you this right now, the iPhone 5 will once again make the media proclaim, “Apple does it. Again!”



ZoomSafer First Exit Screen

ZoomSafer announced today at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show that its innovative safe driving software is now available for Android phones, the fastest growing smart phone platform in the world.

³Governments throughout the world continue to pass new laws to combat distracted driving, but drivers still endanger themselves, their passengers, and their employers by texting, emailing and talking without using hands-free services,² said ZoomSafer CEO Matt Howard. ³Android-based smartphones are surging in popularity and we are excited to offer our patented software to Android users seeking to prevent distracted driving.²

ZoomSafer® client software installed on smartphones automatically launches when you begin to drive and automatically turns off when you are finished driving. ZoomSafer¹s patented on-device software can be configured to trigger using in-vehicle telematics or Bluetooth systems, as well as phone-based GPS services. Once triggered, the ZoomSafer software disables emailing and texting and manages other inbound and outbound communications based on client-controlled and administered policies. Popular policy options include the ability to make and receive hands-free phone calls and an auto-reply function, which sends messages to let others know that the user is driving.

Those interested in participating in the beta should click on the ³Android Beta² link on the ZoomSafer website.

ZoomSafer software is also currently available on BlackBerry devices. For more information or to participate in the Android beta, please visit ZoomSafer at CES in the Las Vegas Convention Center North Hall, Booth #2334 or at www.zoomsafer.com.



Tuesday, September 28, 2010
BlackBerry PlayBook

Research in Motion finally silenced the rumors with its announcement of the PlayBook to developers and the press yesterday in San Francisco. I can say one thing I am truly thankful for from RIM and that is that it did not name it the BlackPad as so many had prophesied it to be labeled. RIM did, however, include the BlackBerry part in the name to anchor a well known brand, rightfully so. RIM touted that the new tablet running on the new PlayBook Tablet OS would give users, “Uncompromised web browsing, true multitasking and high performance multimedia, while also providing advanced security features, out-of-the-box enterprise support and a breakthrough development platform for IT departments and developers.” RIMs press release went on to claim, “The incredibly powerful and innovative BlackBerry PlayBook is truly a game-changing product in the growing tablet marketplace.” Game-changing? Probably not.

The PlayBook comes in a smaller package than the Apple iPad, the device in which RIM has its sights on “killing”, weighing in with a 7 inch screen. The game-changing features include a microHDMI and a microUSB port along with, not one but two cameras. Keeping with the two theme, the BlackBerry will give users a 1 GHz dual-core processor making it the “fastest tablet ever”. Adobe Flash and AIR support gives the tablet another one-up over the Apple iPad. For those looking to surf the web, you can use your current BlackBerry phone and connect to the Internet via a “secure Bluetooth connection” per RIM. Nice way to slow down your Internet connectivity, RIM. But don’t worry, it does support 802.11n and a 3G and 4G model was also spoken of.

So game-changer? You know, RIM is playing catch-up and is losing sight on what makes a great device. After RIM caved into the Arab demands for a server outside of Canada, I’m not sure “enterprise security” is going to be something it can hold dear to much longer as more countries such as India make similar demands. Adding bling and pointing to ones past achievements doesn’t make a killer product.

Remember the Storm? RIM made much of nothing about a touch-screen when the iPhone surfaced and then made a phone with a touch-screen. It bombed because RIM was trying to copy the iPhone but make it “better”. I see the same thing here with the PlayBook. RIM has copied the iPad, down to looking almost identical to it, and added some ports along with a camera or two. With a limited app store for its phone, RIM has a tough job ahead of itself for getting developers to make tablet apps when iPad stuff is selling like hotcakes. I see no killer feature with the PlayBook and I suspect most of the buying public won’t either. No, in the end, we’ll see the PlayBook 2 released sometime next year and catch our selves saying, “RIMs still trying to make a tablet?”



Thursday, July 8, 2010

Otterbox, Protection, Phone,Blackberry,iPhone,Droid

Evolving from a garage prototype into an industry leader in smartphone protection, OtterBox™ announces six new cases to complement the customer and their device. Now revealing OtterBox Commuter Series™ cases for the LG Ally™, LG GW620 smartphone, HTC Imagio™, Nokia X6 and Samsung Moment™, as well as a Defender Series™ case for the HTC Hero.

Commuter Series cases combine features from the Defender Series and Impact Series™ lines resulting in a hybrid design that is both sturdy and stylish. Whether you have an LG, HTC, Nokia or Samsung device, the Commuter Series offers protection in three layers. First, a silicone skin wraps around the device giving it a grip for the user and extra shock absorption for the device. Second, a polycarbonate shell snaps around silicone covering the back and sides of the device and allowing it to slide in and out of any pocket or bag. Lastly, all Commuter Series cases come with a self-adhering screen film to prevent scratches.*

The Defender Series is the perfect sidekick for your HTC Hero; fighting against bump, shock, drop and dust, this rugged case can do it all. OtterBox designed the Defender Series for those rough and tumble days. This rugged series encases the device in a polycarbonate shell with a silicone overlay to give the case grip and prevent dropping. This Defender Series case also comes with a ratcheting belt-clip to ensure the Hero can go all over.**

“The OtterBox Commuter Series and Defender Series offer two different options for great protection,” says OtterBox CEO and founder, Curt Richardson. “No matter which line you choose, you are still investing in protection for your device and that is the most important part.”

Add variety to your life with different levels of smartphone protection from OtterBox. No matter what your day demands, OtterBox has you covered!



Wednesday, June 2, 2010
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Verizon Wireless today announced that the BlackBerry® Bold™ 9650 smartphone will be available to order online at www.verizonwireless.com beginning June 3 and in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores beginning June 10. Running on the largest and most reliable wireless voice and 3G data network in the United States, the BlackBerry Bold is the first global phone from Verizon Wireless to support GlobalAccess Connect, allowing customers to tether their BlackBerry Bold to a notebook or netbook and use it as a modem for wireless Internet access in more than 200 countries worldwide.

Key features:

· Optical trackpad for easy and fluid navigation
· Built-in Wi-Fi® (802.11 b/g)
· Push to Talk feature – Allows customers to leverage Verizon Wireless’ 3G network for instant two-way communication with up to 50 people with the touch of a button
· VZ Navigator® version 6 – Gives customers access to free mapping and integration with Bing to sort searches by relevance and a new option to choose day, week or monthly subscriptions
· VZ Navigator Global capabilities – Provides turn-by-turn directions and maps in English while navigating through more than 20 destinations, including Canada, Mexico, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. This easy-to-use application also marks distances in miles or kilometers and finds restaurants, gas stations, banks/ATMs and other popular spots using the Local Search feature

Additional specifications:

· Stylish design (4.40” x 2.44” x .55” and 4.8 oz.) with glossy black finish and chrome highlights
· Mobile e-mail and messaging capabilities
· Large (2.45”) high-resolution display (480 x 360 resolution at 245 ppi) that displays pictures, videos and Web pages with contrast and detail
· 3.2 megapixel camera with flash, variable zoom, image stabilization, autofocus and video recording
· Advanced media player for videos, pictures and music; a 3.5 mm stereo headset jack; and support for the Bluetooth® Stereo Audio Profile (A2DP/AVCRP)
· BlackBerry® Media Sync to easily sync music as well as photos*.
· Easy mobile access to Facebook®, MySpace and Flickr® as well as popular instant messaging services, including BlackBerry® Messenger
· Support for BlackBerry App World™, featuring a broad and growing catalog of third-party mobile applications developed specifically for BlackBerry smartphones
· 512 MB Flash memory and an expandable memory card slot that supports up to 16 GB microSD™ HC cards (a 2 GB card is pre-installed)
· Full HTML Web browser, streaming audio and video via RTSP
· Built-in GPS with support for location-based applications and services as well as geotagging
· Premium phone features, including voice-activated dialing, speakerphone, and Bluetooth (2.1)
· Support for high-speed EV-DO Rev. A networks in North America as well as single band UMTS/HSPA (2100 MHz) and quad-band EDGE/GPRS/GSM networks abroad
· Removable and rechargeable 1400 mAhr battery for up to 5 hours of CDMA talk time

Pricing and availability:

· The BlackBerry Bold 9650 smartphone will be available for order online at www.verizonwireless.com beginning June 3, and it will be in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores beginning June 10 for $149.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. A non-camera version of the phone will also be available for order online beginning June 3. Customers will receive the mail-in rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted.
· Verizon Wireless customers will need to subscribe to a Nationwide Talk plan or Nationwide Talk & Text plan and an Email and Web for Smartphone plan. Nationwide Talk plans begin at $39.99 monthly access. Email and Web for Smartphone plans start at $29.99 for unlimited monthly access.
· GlobalAccess Connect plans are available for $65 monthly access for 5 GB allowance in the United States and Canada ($0.05/MB overage) and 100 MB allowance in select countries ($5.12/MB overage). There is also a $155 monthly access option that offers 5 GB allowance in the United States and Canada and 200 MB allowance in select countries, with the same overage rates as the $65 monthly option.
· Customers can add Push to Talk for $5 per month per line and download the service from the Application Center or through VZStart on their handsets. VZ Navigator is available for $2.99 for daily use, $4.99 for seven-day use or $9.99 for monthly subscription.
· For information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.