Tata Indicom Launches New BlackBerry Data Plans Starting At Just Rs.99

Tata Teleservices recently launched three exciting and affordable BlackBerry service plans for its new Tata Indicom customers. The new plans will be available only for the first three months. Tata Indicom subscribers can enjoy BlackBerry messaging services(MaiLite), BlackBerry Internet Service and BlackBerry Enterprise Server service starting at Rs.99, Rs.199 and Rs.599 respectively. After the first three months, Tata Indicom subscribers will be charged standard monthly prices of Rs.299, Rs.399 and Rs.900 respectively.

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BlackBerry is an iconic product with an exceptional service that’s desired by users, and we want to offer greater flexibility and affordability to our existing customers while attracting new BlackBerry customers. We believe this exciting initiative will appeal to all young professionals, students and a broad spectrum of retail customers who are looking for an exceptional experience for messaging, social networking, e-mail and Internet browsing while on the move,Mr Sukanto Aich, President, Enterprise Business, Tata Teleservices Limited said.

Tata Indicom subscribers can access up to 10 supported e-mail accounts along with the popular BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) service as well as other Instant Messaging services, thanks to the MaiLite plan. The BlackBerry Internet Service plan offers access to up to 10 supported e-mail accounts, BBM, Instant Messaging services, social networking and Internet browsing. The BlackBerry Enterprise Server plan includes all of the above plus access to corporate data and tight integration with IBM Lotus Domino, Microsoft Exchange or Novell GroupWise.

RIM Senior Product Manager Defecting To Samsung As Marketing Director

In a bizarre yet carefully calculated move, Ryan Bidan, Senior Product Manager at Research in Motion, has announced he will be leaving RIM for a position with Samsung Telecommunications America as the Director of Product Marketing. Bidan is well known for his role in the launch of the PlayBook, which is RIM’s first play into the tablet market.  While the PlayBook itself wasn’t very well received by early adopters, it’s arguable that the launch and hype behind the device was a success. With rumors of RIM selling 250,000 units in the first month, it’s definitely a positive note Ryan is leaving on.

Bidan follows what is almost a steady stream of senior suits who have recently left the company, presumably jumping ship before it’s too late. The industry knows all too well the moves that RIM is making; splitting efforts between multiple operating systems, stagnating with their hardware and design efforts, and to top it off they have internal red tape and bureaucracy that stifles creativity. These are some of the telltale signs that Nokia had before their big shakeup and partnership with Microsoft. While nobody knows where RIM is heading, we do know that RIM has previously advised they were expecting a drop in profits as well as a reduction in workforce in order to compensate for losses.

While neither Samsung nor RIM have confirmed the news, Ryan’s LinkedIn page speaks for itself, showing his past position at RIM with his current one in big bold letters. A recent tweet by @ryanbidan corroborates his LinkedIn profile position in Dallas and eludes to his relocation in the near future.

Blackberry App World Hits 1 Billion Downloads; App Store and Android Market Still Way Ahead

The Blackberry App World, the online application store for Blackberry devices has officially hit a very significant milestone – 1 billion downloads. The guys at the Blackberry blog revealed this figure in a blog post today. They are currently seeing close to 3 million downloads every day.

“The BlackBerry App World storefront launched a little over two years ago, and over that time, we’ve made many feature improvements, enhanced the look and feel, and added a ton of compelling apps. BlackBerry App World is now in over 100 countries, seeing an average of 3 million downloads per day, and we recently crossed the 1 billion app download milestone!”

Blackberry App World

RIM’s Blackberry is the third most popular smartphone platform in the US after Android and iOS, even though it has been on the wane since a couple of years. Since the launch of the iPhone and then the Android OS, they have taken a majority of the smartphone market share around the world.

The Apple App Store sports close to 425,000 apps and has served more than 15 billion downloads. Even the Android Market has been doing quite well, with more than 200,000 apps and over 5 billion downloads.

RIM will be launching Blackberry App World 3.0 soon which it says will “evolve and improve the experience for both our developers and consumers”.

However encouraging these figures may seem, RIM is still in a very tough spot. Its market share is being eroded day by day, by the iPhone and Android smartphones. Even Microsoft and HP are trying to get a piece of the smartphone pie. RIM’s latest launch – the Blackberry Playbook – hasn’t been a huge hit. Even RIM is, in the words of Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, on a ‘burning platform’.

Android Still No. 1, Apple Moves Up to No. 2 in U.S. Smartphone Share

Although Android holds the No. 1 position and sits on top of the smartphone market, the battle for the second position between Apple and Blackberry got tougher and in the end it was Apple who made it, leaving behind RIM’s BlackBerry in the third position.

According to the report published by market research firm comScore, Android continues to dominate the smartphone world while Apple’s iOS ranks No. 2 and BlackBerry dropping to the third position followed by Microsoft’s Windows 7 at fourth position.

Apple Beats RIM's BlackBerry, Android Still No. 1

The reason behind Blackberry’s backsliding could be due to the delay in release of new models and the several problems faced by the company.  RIM is currently valued at about $14 billion which came down from $83 billion in June 2008.

RIM’s Blackberry OS has 24.7 percent in the the smartphone market share while Apple’s iOS now enjoys 26.6 percent share whereas Google’s Android OS saw a 5.1 percent rise making its total share 38.1 percent and topping the list.

During the three month average period ending in May 2011, Android and iOS were the only two platforms that saw growth of 5.1 percent and 1.4 percent respectively. Blackberry lost 4.2 percent while Microsoft losing 1.9 percent and Palm losing 0.4 percent share in the US market.

Top Smartphone Platforms
3 Month Avg. Ending May 2011 vs. 3 Month Avg. Ending Feb. 2011
Total U.S. Smartphone Subscribers Ages 13+
Source: comScore MobiLens
Share (%) of Smartphone Subscribers
Feb-11May-11Point Change
Total Smartphone Subscribers100.0%100.0%N/A
Google33.0%38.1%5.1
Apple25.2%26.6%1.4
RIM28.9%24.7%-4.2
Microsoft7.7%5.8%-1.9
Palm2.8%2.4%-0.4

The report also mentioned that Apple saw a significant growth in hardware sales, and rose from 7.5 percent to 8.7 percent. However, Samsung retained it’s position at the top with 24.8 percent restricting LG to second position with 20.9 percent. Motorola, on the other hand, had a slight decline of 1 percent, yet holding it’s position at three.

Top Mobile OEMs
3 Month Avg. Ending May 2011 vs. 3 Month Avg. Ending Feb. 2011
Total U.S. Mobile Subscribers Ages 13+
Source: comScore MobiLens
Share (%) of Mobile Subscribers
Feb-11May-11Point Change
Total Mobile Subscribers100.0%100.0%N/A
Samsung24.8%24.8%0.0
LG20.9%21.1%0.2
Motorola16.1%15.1%-1.0
Apple7.5%8.7%1.2
RIM8.6%8.1%-0.5

 

The research also dug up the mobile content usage by subscribers. It was reported that subscribers most used text messaging (69.5 percent) on their mobile device with a 0.7 percent rise. Browsers on the other hand, were used by 39.8 percent of subscribers (1.5 percent rise) while 38.6 used downloaded apps.

Social  networking or reading blogs,  however, saw a 1.8 percent growth with 26.8 percent while others enjoyed playing games (26.9 percent) and listening to music (18.6  percent)

Mobile Content Usage
3 Month Avg. Ending May 2011 vs. 3 Month Avg. Ending Feb. 2011
Total U.S. Mobile Subscribers Ages 13+
Source: comScore MobiLens
Share (%) of Mobile Subscribers
Feb-11May-11Point Change
Total Mobile Subscribers100.0%100.0%N/A
Sent text message to another phone68.8%69.5%0.7
Used browser38.3%39.8%1.5
Used downloaded apps36.6%38.6%2.0
Accessed social networking site or blog26.8%28.6%1.8
Played Games24.6%26.9%2.3
Listened to music on mobile phone17.5%18.6%1.1

Twitter For BlackBerry Gets An Update; Brings Lighter Color Scheme

The Twitter app team at Research In Motion (RIM) recently released a new version of the Twitter for BlackBerry app. The new version is numbered 2.0.0.15 and it is currently available at BlackBerry Beta Zone in selected countries. The latest version of Twitter for BlackBerry comes with many changes such as lighter color scheme, new Compose Tweetbar, trending topics with local trends support and much more. Check out the complete changelog below.

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Changelog:

  • Lighter color scheme consisting of light blue with a shade of white.
  • The Tweet composer is hidden by default, but it can be accessed from the new Compose Tweetbar located below the nav bar.
  • Trending Topics icon has been added to the nav bar.
  • Trending topics now includes local trends support.
  • Access your profile quickly and easily from the nav bar.
  • Performance enhancements to improve the overall usability of the app.

The Twitter app team at RIM will also include the multi-account support in the future release. You will need to register and become a BlackBerry Beta Zone member before downloading this update. BlackBerry Beta Zone is currently available only in selected countries. To download the latest version of Twitter for BlackBerry, head over to the BlackBerry Beta Zone.

RIM Launches The BlackBerry PlayBook In India

Research in Motion (RIM) recently launched the much-awaited BlackBerry Playbook at an event in Mumbai, India. The BlackBerry PlayBook is the company’s first tablet device which was announced last year and it was showcased at CES 2011 in Las Vegas and MWC 2011 in Barcelona. This device comes with a 7 inch multi-touch capacitive screen LCD display, 1 GHz dual-core processor, 5 megapixel rear camera with full HD (1080p) video recording, 1GB RAM and so on. The BlackBerry PlayBook runs on the BlackBerry Tablet OS.

“The BlackBerry PlayBook is an incredibly powerful and innovative product in the growing tablet marketplace. It’s perfect for both large organizations and individuals, and it gives users an unmatched mobile experience. With the BlackBerry PlayBook, we are stepping into a new era of mobile computing and opening up new and even more exciting opportunities for developers and content publishers with support for Adobe Flash, Adobe Mobile AIR and HTML-5,” said Frenny Bawa, managing director, Reasearch In Motion (RIM) India.

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BlackBerry PlayBook features a 7 inch multi-touch capacitive screen LCD display with 1024 × 600 pixels resolution, BlackBerry Tablet OS with support for symmetric multiprocessing, 1 GHz dual-core processor, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Dual HD cameras (3 MP front facing, 5 MP rear facing), supports 1080p HD video recording and so on.

Other features include HDMI video output, 1 GB RAM, Adobe Mobile AIR, Adobe Reader, Predictive text input, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, 16GB/ 32GB / 64GB internal memory, microHDMI, microUSB, flexible application platform with support for WebKit/HTML-5, Adobe Flash Player 10.1 and a 5300 mAh Li-Po Standard battery.

Blackberry Playbook comes with a price tag of Rs.27,990 for the 16 GB version, Rs.32,990 for the 32 GB version and Rs.37,990 for the 64 GB version. Are you planning to buy this device? Or waiting for the launch of HTC Flyer and Motorola Xoom? Let us know your views in the comments section below.

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BlackBerry PlayBook Up For Pre-Order In India For Rs.27,990

Last year, BlackBerry announced its first tablet device, the BlackBerry PlayBook. This device is built on the QNX Neutrino microkernel architecture. It comes with a 7 inch multi-touch capacitive screen LCD display with 1024 × 600 pixels resolution, 1 GHz dual-core processor, 5 megapixel rear camera with full HD (1080p) video recording, 1GB RAM and much more.

This handset is already available in the US from April 2011. We have a good news for those, who are eagerly waiting to get this amazing tablet in India. Tradus, a popular online retailer is currently taking the pre-order of the BlackBerry Playbook in India. This device will be available in 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB variants. The price of BlackBerry PlayBook starts at Rs.27,990 for the 16 GB version and goes up to Rs.37,990 for the 64 GB version. Check out the complete price-list below.

  • Blackberry Playbook 16GB: Rs.27,990
  • Blackberry Playbook 32GB: Rs.32,990
  • Blackberry Playbook 64GB: Rs.37,990

blackberry playbook

Lately, Gadgets have been ruling the consumer space and we are glad to bridge the gap between our customers & their gizmo needs, by offering this sensation from Blackberry. With over 10 tablets already pre-booked on Tradus.in, we are very confident that the demand of this tablet will only continue to rise.says Rahul Sethi, President, e-commerce, Tradus.in.

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

Other features include HDMI video output, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, 16GB/ 32GB / 64GB internal memory, microHDMI, microUSB, flexible application platform with support for WebKit/HTML-5, Adobe Flash Player 10.1, Adobe Mobile AIR, Adobe Reader, Predictive text input and a 5300 mAh Li-Po Standard battery.

You will also get an additional discount of Rs.500 by using the gift voucher code “BBPR16” during checkout. Blackberry Playbook will be launched in India on June 22, 2011. Tradus will start dispatches on June 24, 2011. To pre-order the BlackBerry PlayBook, head over to this page at Tradus.

BlackBerry Playbook Gets A Software Update; Adds Some Nifty Features!

RIM (Research In Motion) has started rolling out a new software update for its first ever tablet the Playbook. The new software update brings some performance enhancements and stability improvements.

The update also includes an updated Facebook book application, optimized for the Playbook. With this update, Playbook users can also charge the tablet whilst it’s fully powered off. The tablet will also display an error if an incompatible charger is used to charge it.

Blackberry_Playbook

RIM has also added a small but handy power menu, when a user taps on the battery icon. The power menu provides users with options to shut down, restart or put the Playbook on Standby mode, along with a brightness slider.

The update also brings in-app payments support to all Playbook compatible apps. RIM has also updated the developer tools with support for in-app payments.

Aside from the changes stated above, the video call quality has also been tweaked, with support for TURN (Traversal Using Relay NAT).   Some additional language support for the tablet has also been included.

Sadly, this update does bring the much awaited Mail app to the Playbook. Until the next update arrives, Playbook users still need to use their BlackBerry handset to sync mails between these RIM devices.

BlackBerry Torch 2 Running BlackBerry OS7 Pictures Leak

At the beginning of this month, Research In Motion (RIM) had unveiled the next generation BlackBerry Touch a.k.a BlackBerry 9900. The new Touch will be powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor from Qualcomm, and run on BlackBerry OS 7.

Today, the leaked pictures of another BlackBerry handset the Torch 2 have surfaced on the Internet.

BlackBerry_Torch_2

The Torch 2 has similar internals to the BlackBerry 9900. It is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor from Snapdragon, and packs 768MB of RAM along with 8GB of internal memory. The resolution of the 3.2-inch capacitive unit has also been bumped to VGA (640×480).

The leaked picture also suggests that the back of the phone will sport a 5MP camera with 720p HD video recording capability. Other key features include GPS with A-GPS, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth and NFC. The back of the phone will also have a metallic back cover.

I am guessing the Torch 2 will run on the next generation BlackBerry OS 7, which has an all new web browser and is much faster than its predecessors. Expect RIM to announce the Torch 2 officially and reveal more information about the handset in the next few weeks.

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RIM Announces The BlackBerry Touch 9900/9930; Runs BlackBerry OS 7

Research In Motion (RIM) has just announced two new BlackBerry handsets which aim to woo back the company’s once loyal customers.

The BlackBerry Bold 9900 and the Bold 9930 a.k.a Bold Touch feature a full QWERTY keyboard, and a 2.8-inch Liquid Graphics’ touch screen with VGA (640×480) resolution. The handsets are powered by a 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor.

Both the handsets are same right down to the core, except for their network antenna. The Bold 9900 supports HSPA+, while the 9930 supports both dual-band CDMA and quad-band GSM. The handsets also pack 768MB of RAM, 8GB of internal memory along with a microSD card slot. The back of the phone sports a 5MP camera with Flash, and Image stabilization. The camera is also capable of recording videos in 720p HD resolution.

BlackBerry_Bold_Touch

The Bold 9900 and the 9930 are also the slimmest BlackBerry handsets until date, measuring in at only 10.5mm. The usual array of sensors Digital Compass,   Wi-Fi a/b/g/n (2.4GHz/5GHz), Proximity sensor, GPS with A-GPS and Bluetooth 2.1 are also present. The handsets will also come with an NFC chip, again a first for BlackBerry handsets.

BlackBerry 7 The BlackBerry 7 OS is designed to power the new performance-driven BlackBerry Bold platform. It provides an easier and faster user experience with improved browsing, voice-activated searches, the ability to manage personal content separately from corporate content, as well as additional personal and productivity apps out of the box.

The Bold Touch 9900 and the 9930 will be running BlackBerry OS 7, when launched. The new OS brings is faster, easier to use, and also brings a new web browser. The new OS also supports voice search, along with BlackBerry Balance. This new features aims at separating a user’s personal and corporate content on his handset.

The handsets will be powered by a 1230mAh user-replaceable battery. The Touch 9900 and the 9930 are expected to be released all over the world beginning this summer’.