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RBC says BlackBerry Torch 9800 sales topped 150,000

If you’re following RIM’s newest BlackBerry Torch 9800 then you’ll remember when RIM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis said “this is one of the most significant launches in RIM’s history”. You’re also probably hearing about its mixed reviews. There no official word from RIM or AT&T about actual sales numbers but some analysts are saying it’s getting “underwhelming” sales. Today RBC Capital Markets analysts Stifel Nicolaus has pegged the number Torch sales to be around 150,000. One possible reason for slow sales is that customers are holding off getting the device and waiting until the new BlackBerry 6 OS is officially released and putting it on their current device.

The current cost for the Torch is $199.99 on a 2-year through AT&T, so this is what we could expect to pay on a 3-year contract when it launches in Canada with TELUS, Rogers, Bell and Virgin. Another possible sign of poor sales is that retailers Amazon and Wirefly have already discounted the Torch price to $99.99 on a 2-year contract. Research firm iSuppli estimated the total cost to build one BlackBerry Torch 9800 is $183 USD (parts are $171 plus $12 for manufacturing).

Source: WSJ
Via: BGR

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Poynt will come preloaded on WIND BlackBerry devices

Calgary-based Multiplied Media and their location based app called “Poynt” will now come preloaded on WIND Mobile BlackBerry devices. For those unfamiliar with Poynt, it’s a free app that helps you find phone numbers, addresses, directions, movie reviews & trailers, purchase movie tickets and book restaurant reservations. We’re not sure if this will be preloaded in the upcoming Wind BlackBerry Pearl 9100 but you can always go the the BlackBerry App World and download it there.

Scott Campbell, CMO of WIND Mobile said “Our subscribers seek the best solutions on the market and Poynt is a leading location-based application for BlackBerry smartphones. Providing easy access to Poynt for our BlackBerry subscribers is another example of how we not only listen to customers’ suggestions, but act on them.”

Check out Poynt here from the AppWorld
Source: MarketWire

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Polar Mobile named in Canada’s “50 Most Engaged Workplaces”


It’s always great to see a Canadian company do well globally and Toronto-based Polar Mobile is getting worldwide recognition for building and powering some of the top mobile apps. Polar has created apps mainly for the BlackBerry and iPhone and their collection includes The Hockey News, TIME, TheStreet, BusinessWeek and the CFL.

More good news as they’ve been recognized as one of the “50 Most Engaged Workplaces” in Canada. Polar is run by CEO Kunal Gupta and they’re the only company in the mobile space that made it on the list, no carriers are listed as being in the top 50.

All 50 companies were judged in 8 categories of employee engagement: communication, leadership, culture, rewards and recognition, professional and personal growth, accountability and performance, vision and values and corporate social responsibility.

Congrats to everyone over at Polar Mobile!

Via: HRReporter

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Has this happened to your iPhone 4 yet?

We’re hearing that those Canadians who purchased an iPhone 4 and signed up to receive their free case have started to get them now. It’s a good because even thought the Gorilla Glass is “chemically strengthened” to be “20 times stiffer and 30 times harder than plastic” the last thing you want happen is to shatter your new iPhone 4. Have you seen any sad faces due to a shattered iPhone 4 in Canada?

Via: CrunchGear

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Motorola Charm now available at TELUS

TELUS has again released another Android device… the Motorola Charm comes with OS Android 2.1, a 2.8-inch touchscreen display (resolution of 320×280), WiFi, 3.0 megapixel camera with autofocus and video, can hold up to 32GB with a microSD card. This also has Motorola’s MOTOBLUR that gives you the ability to push everything to your homescreen such as your Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Gmail, contacts, email and calendar. The pricing is actually reasonable: No-contract: $249.99; 1-year contract: $199.99; 2-year contract: $149.99 and the 3-year contract is $29.99.

We got a quick preview of this a few weeks ago. Check it out after the break. (more…)

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1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor shipping next year

If you thought the speed of the HTC Desire and Nexus One were fast with its 1GHz Snapdragon processor, then you’re going to love next year. According to Qualcomm’s VP of product management, Mark Frankel, who says they will start shipping the new 1.5GHz dual-core QSD8672 chip early next year or “by Christmas”. Frankel also stated this new chip will bring better power management and performance, have individual voltage scaling and also include 1080p video playback features. No word on what devices this will be put but 500MHz faster is always a good thing!

Source: ComputerWorld
Via: EngadgetMobile

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Dell’s new App Store sells apps for the unreleased BlackBerry Pluto 9900

The new Dell App Store is not available yet in Canada but there are 11 carriers that do support it. Also there are over 50,000 apps available for several platforms including Android, BlackBerry, webOS, Symbian and Windows Mobile. The App Store is managed by PocketGear, not Dell. However it does give a good indication on a rumoured BlackBerry device.

If you check out the App Store here you’ll see a device that Waterloo-based RIM has yet announced or released… the BlackBerry Pluto 9900. Specs of this once rumoured device (apparently now canceled/postponed) had a 2.6-inch display with a resolution of 480 x 360, trackball, WiFi:, GPS, 3.1 mega pixel camera. The good news is that you can buy apps, the bad news is that device is not available. Perhaps RIM will release it with the new trackpad and BlackBerry 6.

Source: Dell
Via: BBCool

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Nokia CS-18 Internet stick now available at Fido

Fido has released the Nokia CS-18 3G high-speed mobile Internet stick. This can apparently hit the 21.1 Mbps download speed mark and up to 5.76 Mbps upload speeds. Available prices are $0 on a 2-year Fido contract or $150 no-contract with a $35 activation fee. In addition it can hold up to 32GB with a microSD card, weighs only 26 grams with overall dimension being 86 mm x 24 mm x 13.5 mm.

The data plans are 500MB is $32 per month or a 1GB plan is $37 per month. Or you could just get a BlackBerry and tether it with the 6GB plan they have available.

The CS-18 is not yet on the Fido site.
(Thanks tipster!)

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Rogers to release the BlackBerry Torch 9800 in white?

Rogers basically has every BlackBerry available in the clean colour white (9700, 9000, 8520)… and it seems they’ll be adding the new Torch 9800 to the list when it comes out soon. There’s still no official drop date for this but specs on the this has a 3.2 HVGA capacitive touchscreen, runs BlackBerry 6, has a 5 megapixel camera with flash, Wi-Fi, GPS.

Source: BerryFix
Via: IntoMobile

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“Underwhelming”: BlackBerry Torch 9800 first weekend sales

Waterloo-based RIM released their newest device called the BlackBerry Torch 9800, this also came loaded with their new BlackBerry 6 OS. The Torch went on sale officially on the 12th in the US by AT&T. It will be coming to Canada soon from TELUS, Rogers, Bell and Virgin.

How were the first weekend sales of this anticipated touchscreen/QWERTY device? Well, according to Goldman Sachs the sales were “underwhelming” and “nearly all of the stores they called did not sell out of the device. Also the checks showed that the vast majority of Torch sales were driven by upgrades from existing BlackBerry subscribers.”

RIM has not released official numbers for the Torch, but the vast majority of reviews have been OK with nothing about the device or OS being remotely astonishing or innovative. What do you think… will you be getting the new Torch 9800?

Source: IntoMobile

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