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Sunday, September 11th, 2011
Verizon Wireless has announced the introduction of the new Blackberry 9850 Torch. The new Torch will add Verizon’s impressive line up of Blackberry smartphones and has been eagerly anticipated by the Blackberry faithful who have had to endure years waiting for the release of a model that can measure up to the likes of Apple’s iPhone.
With Blackberry’s stronghold on the mobile phone marketplace slowly eroded from competition from the likes of the iPhone and the rest of the Android devices, the 9850 Torch is RIM answer and new weapon. The 9850 has RIMs new OS7 operating system that was specifically designed for the new enhanced screen touch models. The new Torch has a 3.7 inch screen and does not have a built in keyboard. This is not new to RIM as they tried this approach with the Storm series. However, with a much faster 1.2GHz processor and true touchscreen the new 9850 is a contender.
RIM has launched 5 new models over the summer but the 9850 and 9860 Torch have been the most anticipated. If the phone is what it is racked up to be, it could be a real winner and Blackberry could see not only a return of customers it lost to iPhone and Android, but most importantly it could stem the waves of customers that have left in search of the complete touchscreen experience. Follow us on Unlockology as we review the new 9850 Torch.
Tuesday, July 12th, 2011
RIM Blackberry has announced the launch of two models: the 9900 and 9930 Bold. No exact launch date has been given, although reports on various websites have the Bold models coming late summer.
The 9900 Bold is being launched on in the United States on the AT&T Wireless Network and the 9930 on the http://unlockology.com/index.php?main_page=product_free_shipping_info&cPath=1195&products_id=179 Network (USA). In the United Kingdom reports are that the 9900 will be available on Vodafone, Orange and Three Network.
Specs for both new models are yet to be posted on the Blackberry website. However we know that the look is similar to the 9000 Bold model. It will have a higher definition screen and a full QWERTY keyboard on the front and won’t have a slideout keyboard like the Torch http://unlockology.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1181&products_id=912 model.
Blackberry does state on its website that the 9900 and 9930 will be easier to use and faster. They will both come loaded with the new Blackberry 7 OS (operating system) which should result in faster browsing and search times. It will come with a 1.2 GHz processor, 8GB of memory and a 720p HD video recorder. Other applications will include Wi-Fi, a compass, and NFC technology.
Unlockology will keep you updated on the launch dates and will be here to help you with your Blackberry unlocking needs.
Thursday, February 24th, 2011
Research in Motion (RIM) has announced the launch of their new Blackberry Bold 9780 smartphone. A mobile phone with lots of improvements over it’s 9700 and 9000 series counterparts.
The Bold 9780 will not be a slide-out handset like the Blackberry Torch 9800. It will have a traditional configuration with a front facing screen and QWERTY keyboard. One of the best improvements on the 9780 is the new 5 megapixel camera and flash. It will also come with the newest version of the Blackberry operating system (OS 6) installed.
Cell C has revealed plans to launch the new 9780 Bold in South Africa in March. It is supposed to retail in the R4999 to R5299 range. Cell C is South Africa’s third cellular network operator behind Vodacom and MTN.
Vodacom has also confirmed that they will be launching the Blackberry 9780 Bold on their network, but they are yet to provide a date. It is not known if the MTN network will also be carrying the 9780 Bold.
Keep coming back and we will keep you informed at Unlockology.com.
Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011
The long awaited release of the Blackberry Storm 3 might soon be over. The buzz on the street is that it will be released sometime in the fall of 2011. There have already been sightings of demo models.
The Storm 3 is Blackberry’s head on competitor to the iphone, because of its keyboard-free design. With Apple getting ready to release the iphone 5, the pressure on RIM to deliver a game changing Blackberry Storm 3 has never been higher.
The new Storm 3 is supposed to come with a track pad and a 3.7inch 480×800 display. It will be compatible on CDMA and EVDO 3G networks as it is destined to be released on the USA Verizon wireless network. The biggest noticeable change will be the touchscreen. It will no longer be the SurePress click-down screen. It will be loaded with the latest Blackberry 6.1 firmware.
NFC technology is also scheduled to be included. This is beginning to be standard in most high-end smartphones as the trend to use cellphones instead of credit cards to make wireless payments grows.
All in all, this is a long anticipated release and a very important one for RIM Blackberry if it to keep pace with the invasion of the iPhone and other Android cellular phones that have invaded the marketplace and eroded RIM’s overall market share.
Here at Unlockology.com we will keep you posted of any new developments.
Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011
The buzz on the street is that RIM, the parent company of the Blackberry smartphone series, is about to launch a new device. A touchscreen device similar to a Blackberry Storm but with a full QWERTY keyboard like those on the Blackberry Bold. But different to the Blackberry Torch which has a slide out keyboard. By some it has been dubbed the Blackberry Touch, a name I very much doubt they will adopt given the fact that HTC, one RIM’s biggest competitors already markets the Touch series of mobile phones.
What will it look like and what will set it apart from the competition? Some are saying it will be more candy bar shaped. According to some the project is codenamed “Dakota.” It is supposed to have a 5-megapixel camera that can also be used to take HD video.
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Thursday, August 26th, 2010
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Research In Motion (RIM) and its Blackberry brand have a lot riding on the launch of the new Blackberry 9800 Torch. With the battle for Smartphone supremacy in full heat, and Apple’s iPhone sales showing no signs of a slow down, Blackberry has its work cut out for it. Google and it’s Android operating software is also a hot contender.
The new Blackberry 9800 Torch is a touchscreen slider. In other words, the phone looks like a full screen smartphone, like an iPhone. However, it has a bottom part that slides down and reveals and full QWERT keyboard and an optical trackpad.
The touchscreen on the 9800 Torch is a lot more responsive than its predecessor, the blackberry storm. There are two options for typing. It can be done on the on-screen keyboard or on the slide out keyboard. The slide out keyboard is probably the best blackberry has made to date. The keys are wide enough to provide enough room to type comfortably. Have the combination of a touchscreen and a full sized slide out keyboard is what makes the 9800 Torch stand out from the competition.
The Blackberry 9800 Torch also comes loaded with RIM’s new OS 6.0 operating system. The layout is somewhat different to what Blackberry users are used to, but there are plenty of new additions and it is quite easy to get used to. Similar to an iPhone, you can finger swipe through (more…)
Sunday, August 22nd, 2010
Movistar is one of the largest mobile cellular network providers around the world. It is owned by Spain’s Telefonica Moviles. It’s forte is in the Spanish speaking markets around the globe. It has a large footprint in the Latin American marketplace. Movistar is also the largest cellular network service provider in Spain. It biggest competitor is the America Movil Group, which has a strong foothold in Central and South American markets under the Claro, Telcel, Porta and Comcel brands.
Telefonica began using the Movistar brand in Spain in 1995. It was not until 2005 when Telefonica acquired many of the Bellsouth wireless networks that the Movistar brand was introduced in most of Latin America.
In 2005 Telefonica acquired British based O2 Communications. However, O2 continues to use the O2 brand and maintains separate operations in the Germany, Ireland, Czech Republic and the United Kingdom.
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Sunday, June 27th, 2010
Etisalat is a telecommunications service carrier with operations in eighteen countries, located mostly in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Etisalat’s headquarters are in Abu Dhabi, UAE (United Arab Emirates) with offices in Dubai. As of 2009, Etisalat was ranked as the world’s thirteenth largest wireless service provider, with more than 100 million people as customers. It is also ranked as the 6th largest corporation in terms of market capitalization and revenues in the Middle East.
Etisalat is also a regional Internet hub for the Middle East. Etisalat’s wireless networks cover Blackberry, 3G, GPRS and voice roaming. It also operates POP Points of Presence (locations where carriers can terminate services and provide connections into a local network), in Paris, London, New York, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, and Singapore.
Etisalat was founded in 1976. It was know as (more…)
Thursday, June 17th, 2010
Based in Germany, T-Mobile is the German cellular mobile network carrier, owned by Deutsche Telekom. T-Mobile operates numerous GSM networks in Europe and the United States. T-Mobile also partially owns other cellular networks around the world. T-Mobile is ranked seventh in the world in terms of subscribers.
In 1989, West Germany’s state owned postal monopoly Deutsche Bundespost, reorganized. The telecommunications unit was consolidated under a new Deutsche Bundespost Telekom. This was renamed Deutsche Telekom in 1995, and the company was privatized in 1996.
The first generation networks were operated under the C-Tel name. In 1992 T-Mobile introduced GSM on the 900 MHz frequency. The old C-Tel network was operated as C-Netz under a subsidiary called DeTeMobil. Eventually, D-Netz (T-D1) and DeTeMobil were rolled in under the T-Mobil name. T-Mobil introduced SMS messaging in 1994 and a pre-paid cellular service in 1997. It was not until 2002 that T-Mobile change the brand from T-Mobil to T-Mobile, which was more acceptable in all the countries it was expanding into.
Recently T-Mobile UK formed a joint venture with (more…)
Tuesday, June 1st, 2010
Have you ever heard people around you say: “I unlocked my blackberry” or “My blackberry bold is unlocked,” and wonder, what are they all talking about? I asked the guys at Unlockology.com about this, and here is what I learnt.
When people talk about unlocking, they are often referring to the act of freeing up a mobile phone and making it their own. But why “their own” you might ask? Donâ€™t they already own the handset? Well, the answer to this is that cellular phones, including Blackberry, are for the most part, sold by the network carriers through what is called a subsidization program.
A subsidization or subsidy occurs when a network carrier offers incentives to a buyer to purchase a Blackberry or other Smartphone at an attractive discount. Most of the time, cellular mobile phones are sold below cost by the network service providers. In order to qualify for these discounted prices customers must enter into a contract with the network provider and agree to the terms of that contract. This contract is a means of protecting the service providersâ€™ initial investment. The provider builds-in the discounted portion of the handset into the monthly service fee for the use of voice or data communications on their network. Their intention is to recoup every penny of their investment and more.
As a second measure (more…)