Reliance Launches The Unlimited BBM Plan For Just Rs.129

BlackBerry smartphones are not only used by professionals, but they are also used by students in India. Most of them does not need the BlackBerry Enterprise services, hence paying Rs.500 – Rs.1,000 only for the use of BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) was not the perfect solution. To solve this problem, Airtel, Vodafone, Idea and Tata Docomo launched the “Unlimited BBM” plan for Rs.129. As the name suggest, the Unlimited BBM plan allows the BlackBerry users to use unlimited BBM service.

Reliance Communications (RCom) has announced a similar “Only BBM” plan for its subscribers in India. The new Only BBM plan is available for both prepaid and postpaid subscribers. This plan allows Reliance subscribers to use unlimited BBM service on their BlackBerry smartphones for 30 days. Apart from the unlimited BBM usage, Reliance also offers 600 local and national SMS per month for prepaid subscribers and 500 local and national SMS per month for postpaid subscribers.

To activate the Only BBM plan, prepaid subscribers will need to send a text to 53739 with the keyword ‘ACT BBMPRS129′. On the other hand, postpaid subscribers will need to call *389 from their Reliance phone or 1800 3000 8989 from any other phone. The unlimited BBM plan offered by Reliance is much better than the plans offered by other operators, since you will not only get unlimited BBM usage but also free local and national SMS.

4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook Price And Release Date Leaked

Back in 2010, Research-In-Motion (RIM) unveiled the company’s first tablet device, the BlackBerry Playbook. It packs a 7 inch multi-touch capacitive screen LCD display, sporting a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels, 1 GHz dual-core processor, 5 megapixel rear camera with full HD (1080p) video recording, 1GB RAM and much more. Sadly, the BlackBerry PlayBook sales were below the expectations of the company. RIM finally went ahead and slashed the price of of BlackBerry PlayBook tablet by almost half in Canada, India, UK and US.

The company has also announced the 4G LTE variant of BlackBerry Playbook at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2011 in Barcelona. However, it got delayed due to the failure of the original Playbook. The guys at Mobile Syrup have recently got their hands on the leaked document purportedly showing the specs and launch date of the 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook.

The latest variant of Playbook will feature a 7 inch display, sporting a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, QNX 2.0 OS, 5 megapixel rear camera with full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 3 megapixel front-facing camera, 4G LTE with HSPA+, 1 GB RAM, 4800mAh battery and so on. This tablet will be available only in 32 GB version.

According to the leaked document, the 4G LTE BlackBerry Playbook will go on sale from Tuesday, July 31. This tablet will be exclusively available for the Bell subscribers in Canada. The 32 GB version will come with a price tag of $550. Are you willing to but this tablet or you will go for the powerful Android tablets? Let us know your views in the comments section below.

Instagram For Android Updated To Add Support For Nexus 7 And Flickr Sharing; Twitter For BB Updated To v3.1

To get to that magical $199 price on the Nexus 7, Google and Asus had to make a lot of compromises including ditching a back camera on the tablet. Considering not many people use their tablet to click pictures, this definitely is a wise move. However, the lack of a back camera on the Nexus 7 also means that all apps on the Android Market that rely on a camera, including Instagram, give a “Device Not Supported” error.

Today, the Instagram developers have released a new update for the Android version of the app that adds support for the Nexus 7, along with the ability to share their images to Flickr. Nexus 7 users can now use the 1.3MP front-facing camera on their tablet to click pictures using Instagram.

 In some other app related update news, Twitter for BlackBerry also got a major update to v3.1. The new update brings with it an improved tweet details screen including the ability to see who retweeted your tweet, the ability to undo your RTs, and support for three new languages. The update is already available in the BlackBerry App World for users to download.

Verizon Announces The BlackBerry Curve 9310 Smartphone

BlackBerry recently announced a new smartphone in its popular Curve family, the BlackBerry Curve 9310. It is the predecessor of the BlackBerry Curve 9320 smartphone. This handset will be exclusively available for the Verizon Wireless subscribers in the US. The BlackBerry Curve 9310 runs on the BlackBerry 7.1 Operating System. This handset is specially targeted at youngsters who wants to stay connected with their friends and family on the go.

BlackBerry Curve 9310 is an entry-level smartphone packed with BlackBerry’s iconic QWERTY keyboard, 2.44 inch display with 320 x 240 pixels resolution, 3.2 megapixel camera and so on. This handset features a dedicated BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) key as well as popular social networking apps such as Facebook for BlackBerry and Twitter for BlackBerry.

Apart from the specs mentioned above, this handset features a 3.5mm headset jack, Stereo FM radio with RDS, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 512 MB ROM, 512 MB RAM, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, microUSB 2.0, A-GPS, MicroUSB 2.0, Mobile Hotspot support, VZ Navigator, up to 70 hrs of music playback time, up to 18 days of stand-by time, up to 8 hrs of talk-time and a 1450 mAh battery.

The BlackBerry Curve 9310 can be purchased for just $49.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and a new two-year service agreement. This handset will be available from July 12 at Verizon’s official website, followed by Verizon Wireless Communications Stores in the coming weeks. The owners of this device will also need to subscribe to the Share Everything plan starting at $80 per month for unlimited talk, unlimited text messaging and 300 MB of data.

Blackberry World Hits Three Billion Downloads

While RIM seems to be going through a spell of bad luck, they have finally hit a positive milestone. According to RIM, Blackberry World has served over 3 billion downloads since it was launched in 2009 to compete with Apple’s App Store and the Google Play market (previously Android Market). RIM has also stated that a billion of these downloads took place in the past six months. As of now, RIM is currently serving 2.5 million downloads a day, however this isn’t much compared to Google’s Play Market and Apple’s App Store who serve over 30 million apps daily. RIM has stated that included in these 3 billion downloads are not only apps, but themes, wallpapers and other content from Blackberry Word.

While 3 billion apps downloaded in three years may seem exceptional, Apple has managed to bring in over 25 billion application downloads in just four years. However, RIM’s download counts still suprise me as the Blackberry OS is slowly but surely dying off. Do these numbers surprise you? Let us know by leaving a comment on this article.

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Tata Docomo Unveils New Service Plan For BlackBerry Curve 9320 And Curve 9220

Last month, BlackBerry launched the entry-level Curve 9220 and mid-range Curve 9320 smartphones in India. If you have purchased any of these phone or if you are planning to buy one, then we have great news for you. Tata Docomo recently launched a new service plan for the BlackBerry Curve 9320 and Curve 9220 in India. The new plan offers triple benefits on voice, data and text messages.

Last year, Tata Docomo launched the unlimited Blackberry services for Rs.399, which offered unlimited push email, instant messenger, BlackBerry App World, internet browsing and so on. However, it did not offer free minutes for local calls as well as free text messages. The new service plans is available for Rs.599 and it comes with 600 minutes of free local and national calling, 600 free local and national SMS and unlimited BlackBerry Internet Service. Sadly, this plan is limited only for the two smartphones mentioned above.

Mr. Sunil Tandon, Head – Non Voice Services, Tata Teleservices Limited, said:
“Tata Docomo recognizes that smartphones are increasingly becoming lifeline for more and more people in their business and personal relationships. Our innovative offerings along with the new BlackBerry Curve 9320 and 9220 smartphones will equally appeal to both retail and business customers who want an industry-leading communications experience. This offer reiterates our efforts for providing great value for money for Tata Docomo customers. The experience comes alive even better on the Tata Docomo 3G network.”

The new BlackBerry service plans is available for both pre-paid and post-paid subscribers. It comes with a validity of 30 days. Airtel, Idea and Vodafone subscribers looking for an unlimited BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) plan can get the “Only BBM Plan” available for Rs.129 with a validity of 30 days. If you have any queries, feel free to ask us in the comments section below.

BlackBerry Curve 9320 Launched In India For Rs.15,990

Earlier this year, Research In Motion (RIM) unveiled the new mid-range smartphone in its popular Curve family, the BlackBerry Curve 9320. This handset runs on the BlackBerry 7.1 Operating System. BlackBerry recently launched this device for the Indian customers. The BlackBerry Curve 9320 comes with a 2.44 inch display, QWERTY keyboard, 3.2 megapixel camera and much more. This handset features a dedicated BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) key as well as popular social networking apps such as Facebook for BlackBerry and Twitter for BlackBerry.

Sunil Dutt, Managing Director, India at Research In Motion, said:
“The BlackBerry Curve series is extremely popular and successful in India and we are excited to bring the new BlackBerry Curve 9320 to customers here. This new Curve model is designed to make it incredibly easy for customers to be socially-connected, and we expect it will be especially popular in the youth segment.”

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BlackBerry Curve 9220 features a 2.44 inch TFT QVGA display, sporting a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels, BlackBerry 7.1 Operating System, full QWERTY keyboard, optical trackpad, 2 megapixel camera with LED Flash and 5X digital zoom, VGA video recording, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and more.

It also comes with a 3.5mm headset jack, Stereo FM radio with RDS, 512 MB ROM, 512 MB RAM, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, microUSB 2.0, A-GPS, MicroUSB 2.0, Mobile Hotspot support, up to 30 hrs of music playback time, up to 432 hrs of stand-by time, up to 7 hrs of talk-time and a 1450 mAh battery.

BlackBerry Curve 9320 comes with a price-tag of Rs.15,990 (approx. $290). This handset will compete with the BlackBerry Curve 9380 and BlackBerry Curve 9360 in the Indian market.

RIM Keeps Going Downhill, Loses Another Top Official, More Layoffs Coming

RIM’s downfall started in Q1 2011, when it announced a drop in revenue, coupled with a huge layoff of 2000 employees. Its stocks fell to the lowest since 2006, and on further inspection, it was found that it had been on a downhill journey since 2008. RIM market caps dropped to a record low, and left it in no shape to compete with Android and iPhone. Things became so grave that it set a record for the biggest world-market share loser in 2011.

RIM started this year with approximately 16,000 employees, but now that it wishes to streamline its operations, another layoff is on its way and this one is going to be massive. RIM is about to hand out pink slips to nearly 6000 employees. This will be the largest layoff in the history of RIM, thereby reducing its workforce by 40% (approximately).


RIM announced a strategic review of its business in March. The objective of the strategic review was to refocus the plummeting business of RIM and place it back where it used to be years ago. RIM Chief Executive, Thorsten Heins said,

We believe that BlackBerry cannot succeed if we tried to be everybody’s darling and all things to all people. Therefore, we plan to build on our strength.

Following the trend of top officials like Jim Balsillie, CTO David Yach and COO Jim Rowan leaving for greener pastures, RIM’s global sales head Patrick Spence has resigned recently.

RIM also withdrew its plans for providing its flagship BBM across multiple mobile platforms. This is a clear indication of the fact that RIM lacks focus. If this indeed is true, RIM will need more than layoffs to save itself.

RIM Stops Cross Platform BBM Support Development

Research In Motion’s (RIM) popular messaging app, BlackBerry Messenger (BBM), which RIM was supposed to bring to other platforms including Android, iOS, and Windows Phone has now canned its further development.

RIM has recently lost its market dominance in the smartphone market. However, its messaging app, BBM, is still popular and remains one of the reason for customers opting for BlackBerry devices. The project which was unofficially called “SMS 2.0″ within the company, has left few of the RIM’s executives worried that licensing BBM to competitors would further diminish any incentive to buy a BlackBerry.

RIM is expected to stop any further development on SMS 2.0 project and instead divert all of its attention to further development of BlackBerry OS 10. The BlackBerry OS 10 is expected to launch sometime next year.

BlackBerry’s BBM competes against, Independent messaging app — WhatsApp which is a cross platform messaging app and is available on all mobile smartphone platforms including Android, iOS, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, and Symbian. Apart from that, Apple also has its own messaging app — iMessage.


RIM Unveils BlackBerry 10

RIM’s BlackBerry World conference kicked off a short while ago with a keynote address by its CEO Thorsten Heins. As expected, he offered attendees the first glimpse of BlackBerry 10. It will not be an exaggeration to say that RIM’s survival depends on BlackBerry 10. The once assailable BlackBerry brand has almost been written off by most pundits, and consumers are flocking to Android and iOS powered devices. A completely revamped BlackBerry is Research in Motion’s last hope.


Unfortunately, the new BlackBerry platform is still far from being ready, and in the meanwhile, RIM can do little more than sit and watch helplessly as it continues to bleed. BlackBerry 10 devices are slated to show up only towards the end of this year. However, the good news is that RIM finally appears to be making the right moves.

The new BlackBerry OS will be designed to operate as a full touchscreen device; however, variants with physical QWERTY keyboards are also likely. Typing on Blackberry devices has always been a joy, and RIM has put in an extra amount of effort to ensure that the same remains true even for Blackberry 10 handsets without a physical keyboard. The new onscreen keyboard has all the usual bells and whistles like a prediction engine. But unlike in other phones, Blackberry will overlay the predictions right over the key you will have to type next.

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The new platform, which is based on QNX, will feature a gesture driven interface that will enable quick and effortless switching between apps, notifications, and documents with the flick of a finger. Even though the OS is far from being ready, it’s still incredibly snappy. Everything that was demoed today exuded a fluidness that’s still absent from most Android devices. Low latency is one of the things that RIM put a lot of effort on, and it appears that the architectural decisions they made paid off.

RIM is also providing all the conference attendees a BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha developer testing device. The device is a sample unit meant to help developers in getting a head start. Somewhat disappointingly, it doesn’t ship with BlackBerry 10 OS. It currently runs a modified version of the Playbook OS, with some of the hooks and calls that will be part of BB10. The test device sports a 4.2″ touchscreen display with 1024×768 pixel resolution, NFC, microSD, and quad-band HSPA.