BlackBerry Curve 9220 Launched In India For Rs.10,990

Research-In-Motion (RIM) recently launched the low-end BlackBerry Curve 9220 smartphone in India. The complete specs and pics of this device was already leaked last month. This handset is aimed at emerging markets such as India. It comes with a 2.4 inch TFT display, QWERTY keyboard, 2 megapixel camera and much more. The BlackBerry Curve 9220 offers the longest lasting battery life yet in a BlackBerry Curve model.

“India is a very important market for RIM and we are extremely proud and excited to officially unveil and launch the new BlackBerry Curve 9220 for the first time here in India,” said Carlo Chiarello, SVP, Smartphone Business at Research In Motion.

“The new BlackBerry Curve 9220 offers a unique mobile experience that young Indians will love thanks to its affordable pricing and unmatched messaging and social connectivity features,” said Sunil Dutt, Managing Director for India at RIM.

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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 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, up to 28 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.

RIM offers a selection of apps from BlackBerry App World worth Rs.2500 for free including the Pencil Camera, Photo Studio Pro, Horoscope Oracle – Follow Your Lucky Stars, Drive Safely Pro and Ultimate Cricket. BlackBerry Curve 9220 customers can download these apps until June 30, 2012. RIM will also includes a wide range of apps that will roll out in a phased manner.

This handset measures 109 x 60 x 12.7 mm and weighs 102 grams. BlackBerry Curve 9220 will be available in 4 different colors – Black, Fuchsia Pink, Pure White and Teal Blue. This handset features a dedicated BBM key as well as popular social networking apps such as Facebook for BlackBerry and Twitter for BlackBerry. BlackBerry Curve 9220 comes with a price-tag of Rs.10,990 (approx.$210).

BlackBerry PlayBook Gets Updated To OS 2.0.1

RIM (Research In Motion) has started rolling out a new software update for its now forgotten tablet, the PlayBook. Yes, people actually brought the PlayBook! The new PlayBook OS update does not bring any major changes whatsoever, but there are some speed and performance improvements.

Below is the relatively short change-log of the PlayBook OS 2.0.1 as provided by RIM -:

  • Browser enhancements to address performance with some websites
  • Improvements to support Android apps
  • Optimizations to Video Chat, PIM and BlackBerry Bridge applications
  • And much more!
The last PlayBook OS update for the PlayBook brought with it quite a lot of new features and enhancements, including a much awaited and basic functionality – an inbuilt email client. Considering the PlayBook does not have a very large user base, it is good to see that RIM still supports the tablet.
The OTA update is already live, and users will be notified as soon as the update is available in their region. Alternatively, Playbook owners can also manually download and install the update by going to Settings-> Software Updates and then selecting the “Check for Updates” option.

Grim Outlook as Blackberry Maker RIM Gives Up on Consumer Market

Waterloo, Ontario based company Research In Motion announced its first quarterly loss since 2005 yesterday. This announcement comes shortly after the resignation of longtime Co-CEO and board member, Jim Balsillie.

Jim Balsillie
Jim Balsillie (Courtesy of Bloomberg News)

Below are the highlights from the quarterly report.

  • $2.1 billion in cash, cash equivalents, short-term and long-term investments at the end of the quarter, which increased by approximately $610 million in the quarter
  • Cash flow from operations of approximately $1.1 billion, up from approximately $900 million in Q3
  • Revenue of $4.2 billion, down 19% from the third quarter
  • GAAP net loss in Q4 of $125 million or $0.24 per share diluted; adjusted net income of $418 million or $0.80 per share diluted
  • BlackBerry smartphone shipments of 11.1 million in Q4, down 21% from Q3
  • RIM to discontinue providing specific quantitative guidance
  • RIM provides update on organizational changes

Current CEO, Thorsten Heins, is looking to change RIM’s focus as the company mounts up against continued pressure in the marketplace. Despite the grim report, Heins tries to put a positive spin in the report by saying, “I have assessed many aspects of RIM’s business during my first 10 weeks as CEO. I have confirmed that the Company has substantial strengths that can be further leveraged to improve our financial performance, including RIM’s global network infrastructure, a strong enterprise offering and a large and growing base of more than 77 million subscribers.”

It appears that Heins will be making organizational changes as it was announced the COO, Jim Rowan, and its CTO, David Yach, would be leaving. The company will also leverage its resources toward the corporate marketplace and steer away from the consumer market where it has lost ground against the likes of Apple and Google.

Heins definitely has his work cut out for him. The short term outlook for RIM does not look good as they have a stockpile of devices sitting stagnant on the shelves. They also are supposed to roll out a new line of Blackberry 10 in the near future. It remains to be seen what partnerships the pride of Canada can muster in its bid to recover. It may actually be a good investment in the long term but I wouldn’t bet the farm.

Idea Announces The Unlimited BBM Plan For Just Rs.99

Earlier this year, Vodafone and Airtel launched the “Only BBM Plan” for its pre-paid and postpaid subscribers at an affordable price of Rs.129. As the name suggest, the only BBM Plan allows the BlackBerry users to use unlimited BBM service without burning a hole in their pocket. 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 around Rs.600 only for the use of BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) was not the perfect solution.

Last year, Tata Indicom also launched the BlackBerry messaging services(MailLite) and BlackBerry Internet Service starting at Rs.99 and Rs.199 respectively. After Airtel, Vodafone and Tata Indicom, the next operator to join the bandwagon is Idea Cellular. The company recently launched the new “Only BBM 99″ plan. This service allows the Idea subscribers to use unlimited BBM service on their BlackBerry smartphones.

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Currently, the Only BBM 99 plan is available only for the postpaid subscribers in Gujarat circle. However, we are sure that the operator will roll out the Only BBM 99 plan for its post-paid as well as prepaid subscribers in all its telecom circle. The unlimited BBM plans offered by Airtel and Vodafone costs Rs.129, while the Idea’s unlimited plan is available for just Rs.99. We also hope that other subscribers will soon offer the unlimited BBM plan at an affordable price.

Airtel offers 300 local + national SMS in its Only BBM Plan, but the Idea subscribers won’t get any text messages under this plan. This plan is valid for just 30 days. To activate this plan, post-paid Idea subscribers in Gujarat circle can SMS ACTBBM99 to 12345. If you have any queries, feel free to ask us in the comments section below.

BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 Update Now Available For Download

Last year, Research In Motion (RIM) launched its first tablet device, the BlackBerry Playbook. It was the first device to run on the BlackBerry PlayBook OS. The worldwide sales of BlackBerry PlayBook was highly disappointing. The company also reduced the price of this device by 50% in most of the European, American and Asian markets, including the UK, US, Canada and India.

RIM recently announced the new BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 for the existing BlackBerry PlayBook owners. According to the company, the new BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 delivers an enhanced tablet experience and allows you to use the BlackBerry PlayBook in new ways throughout the day. Check out the complete features after the break.

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BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 Features;

Integrated email client with a powerful unified inbox: The new BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 comes with a unified inbox that combines all messages in one place. You will not only find emails from your personal and work accounts, but you will also find messages from Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter in the unified inbox.

Social Integration with Calendar and Contacts apps: The built-in calendar collects information from social networks and makes it available where and when users need it. The contact apps gets the updated information from social networking sites and create a consolidated view of contacts.

Updated BlackBerry Bridge app: The unique BlackBerry Bridge allows you to connect the BlackBerry PlayBook and core apps on your BlackBerry smartphone, including the BBM, Email, Contacts, Calendar and Browser, so that you can view the content on the larger display. The updated BlackBerry Bridge app also provides a new remote control feature that allows a BlackBerry smartphone to be used as a wireless keyboard and mouse for a BlackBerry PlayBook.

Improved mobile productivity: The new BlackBerry PlayBook OS comes with an updated virtual keyboard with auto correction and predictive next word completion for more accurate typing. It also comes with an updated document editing functions, the new Print To Go app and BlackBerry Balance.

New apps and content: BlackBerry PlayBook users can now access thousands of Android apps on their BlackBerry tablet. The company also launched the new BlackBerry Video Store which will be initially available in the United States. The BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 also comes with enhanced web browsing capabilities.

The new BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 update is currently available as a free download for all BlackBerry PlayBook tablets. You will receive a notification on the PlayBook status ribbon as soon as the update is available for your device. You can also manually check for update under Software Updates in the settings menu.

Must Have New Smartphone Apps: Remove, Caffeine Zone, Pingit

Here are three cool new apps that you should have on your smartphone.


Scalado has a cool object-removal app that allows you to remove unwanted people/objects from your images. This app is still not released, but was put out on protoype testing to Engadget, who found a couple of bugs and saw some issues with the responsiveness of the app. This app is designed for Android phones. It takes several photographs in a row and then builds an image with the most static details that the user can edit.

Its as simple as click, remove, and share!

Scalado will showcase Remove, the first of many new innovations planned this year, at the 2012 Mobile World Conference in Barcelona, February 27th to March 1st, as per their press release.

Caffeine Zone 2

This free Android and Apple app is a wonderful way to ensure that you do not overdo the coffee (that happens to be my choice of poison). I often have coffee based on my workload and meal times. Come high-turnover periods and I am on a coffee binge. According to this app, there is no need to do this. It recommends that we have our first (and only) big cup of coffee at the start of the day and then follow up with smaller doses.

The user is expected to continuously enter details like when coffee is being consumed. This app translates these details into how much coffee there already is in your blood stream. The point being that we often do  not require as much coffee as we think to stay sharp.

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This is a mobile phone-based payment app for Barclays available for all smartphones. It allows transfers of up to  £300. The daily limit for receiving payments is £5,000. Right now this is only enabled for Barclays current account customers.

“For friends splitting the cost of dinner, repaying a borrowed £10 or people sending money to a son or daughter at university, it’s free, quick, convenient, secure and easy to use. You can send and receive money in seconds, without having to enter account details.”

said  Antony Jenkins, chief executive of Barclay’s retail and business banking

It could pose a threat to PayPal as it may not keep transaction fees for transactions processed by consumers.

Barclays even has a video on YouTube on how this works.

Halliburton Will Ditch BlackBerry for iOS This Year

Not only are consumers ditching RIM’s BlackBerry and Google’s Android for Apple’s iOS, but many companies’s IT department. Today, Halliburton, based out of Houston, Texas has planned to switch thousands of employees from BlackBerry’s to iPhone and the iOS platform, AppleInsider reports. Hilarious because at one point, business only used to use RIM’s BlackBerry devices. Oh, and not to mention Android’s “winning” too. Incredible on how quickly times have changed. Halliburton is one of the largest energy services companies in the world. The company has operations in over 70 countries and employes over 60,000 people.

“Over the next year, we will begin expanding the use of our mobile technology by transitioning from the BlackBerry (RIM) platform that we currently use to smartphone technology via the iPhone…”

…The move comes after “significant research” into both Apple’s mobile platform and Google’s Android operating system led Halliburton to “determine that the iOS platform offered the best capabilities, controls and security for application development.”

Halliburton’s decision was made after “significant research” into both Apple’s mobile platform and Google’s Android operating system. The company concluded that   the iOS platform offered the best capabilities, controls and security for application development. Wait a minute, shouldn’t an “open” OS win hands down over a closed one? According to the company’s spokeswoman, currently 4,500 Halliburton employees use BlackBerrys. Wow, that’s a lot of iPhones the company will be purchasing!

The company announced this via a company newsletter that was sent out earlier this month. Turns out, Haliburton used BlackBerrys for over 10 years. Ouch! That much be a huge blow to RIM. At one point, RIM dominated the market in the enterprise business, but over the past year its share in the enterprise market has rapidly declined.

RIM Publishes Guidelines To Make Your Android App Ready For the PlayBook

RIM (Research-In-Motion) has announced via its official developers blog that the upcoming OS update for the PlayBook will allow users to run Android apps on it.

The blog post from RIM explains all the necessary steps Android app developers need to take, so that their app runs properly on the PlayBook and gets listed on the BlackBerry App World.

Below are some of the recommended changes which RIM suggests developer do -:

  • Before submitting your Android application to BlackBerry App World, please make sure to remove all mention of the word “Android” from your application. Both in the application description and the application itself.
  • Please remove all links to Android Market from within your application.
  • When submitting your Android application to BlackBerry App World, please make sure to select a minimum BlackBerry PlayBook OS of 2.0.
  • Please make sure your application is signed. For more information on code signing, please view the code signing documentation on the BlackBerry Runtime for Android Apps webpage (linked here).

RIM has also released some plug-ins which will help developers in converting their app from an APK to BAR format.

It will be interesting to see how Android apps perform on the Playbook, and if the ability to run Android apps will boost the sales of the tablet at all.

RIM Rolling Out BlackBerry 7.1 OS Update

Research In Motion has announced via their blog about the launch of the new BlackBerry 7.1 OS. Even though the bump in the OS version is quite minor, the BB 7.1 OS update does bring in quite a lot of new features and changes.

With BB 7.1, RIM finally allows users to use their BlackBerry handset as a Mobile Hotspot. Other new features include FM radio support on Curve 9360 and 9380, universal search throughout the OS (finally!), the ability to share contacts, media file and even invite friends to BBM via NFC, dubbed as BlackBerry Tag by RIM. The BBM client, BlackBerry Travel, Traffic and the BlackBerry Maps app have also been updated to the latest version.

In the United States and other regions of the world where applicable, BB owners would also be able to make calls via Wi-Fi, if their network operator allows for it.

RIM has already started rolling out the BB OS 7.1 update to carriers all around the world beginning from today and will continue the roll-out in the coming weeks as well.


BlackBerry PlayBook Price Drops To $299 In The US

Last week, Research-In-Motion (RIM) slashed the price of its first tablet device, the BlackBerry PlayBook in India. Now, the company has dropped the price of this tablet in the US. BlackBerry PlayBook was announced in late-2010 and it was later showcased at CES 2011 in Las Vegas and MWC 2011 in Barcelona. The BlackBerry PlayBook runs on the BlackBerry Tablet OS.

The 64 GB version of this tablet was originally priced at $699, but folks living in the US can get this device for just $299. Even the 16 GB and 32GB variant of this tablet is priced at $299. RIM has also slashed the price of BlackBerry PlayBook in the UK. If you are planning to buy one, then check out the specs after the break.

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BlackBerry PlayBook features a 7 inch multi-touch capacitive screen LCD display with 1024 × 600 pixels resolution, 1 GHz dual-core processor, BlackBerry Tablet OS with support for symmetric multiprocessing, 1 GB RAM, 5 megapixel rear camera, 3 megapixel front facing camera, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback and more.

Other features include microHDMI, microUSB, HDMI video output, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, 16GB/ 32GB / 64GB internal memory, flexible application platform with support for WebKit/HTML5, Adobe Flash Player 10.1, Adobe Mobile AIR, Adobe Reader, Predictive text input and a 5300 mAh Li-Po Standard battery.

BlackBerry PlayBook Old Pricing (US):

  • 16 GB $499.00
  • 32 GB $599.00
  • 64 GB $699.00

BlackBerry PlayBook New Pricing (US):

  • 16 GB $299.00
  • 32 GB $299.00
  • 64 GB $299.00

BlackBerry PlayBook Old Pricing (UK):

  • 16 GB £399
  • 32 GB £479
  • 64 GB £559

BlackBerry PlayBook New Pricing (UK):

  • 16 GB £169
  • 32 GB £199
  • 64 GB £329

BlackBerry PlayBook Old Pricing (India):

  • 16 GB Rs.27,990
  • 32 GB Rs.32,990
  • 64 GB Rs.37,990

BlackBerry PlayBook New Pricing (India):

  • 16 GB Rs.13,490
  • 32 GB Rs.15,990
  • 64 GB Rs.24,490

The BlackBerry PlayBook offer in India is extended only for a week. Folks living in the US can order this device at a discounted price till February 4, 2012. To order the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, head over to this page.