TORONTO (Reuters) – BlackBerry maker Research In Motion is launching a new version of its touchscreen Storm smartphone, marking its latest move in the fight with Apple’s iPhone.
The Storm2, as the device is known, is “a biggie for us,” RIM co-Chief Executive Jim Balsillie said in an interview.
The smartphone retains the original Storm’s clickable touchscreen interface, but improves upon it with faster typing and “multitouch” capabilities, which allow users to type on more than just one part of the screen at a time.
The phone is enabled for next-generation networks and also has Wi-Fi capability like some of the other devices in the BlackBerry lineup.
Mobile communications giant Vodafone announced on Thursday that the Storm2 will be available in time for the Christmas gift buying season in seven European countries and South Africa.
via NY Times
SAN FRANCISCO — Skype, the Internet calling service that has more than 400 million users around the world, is aggressively moving onto mobile phones.
The Luxembourg-based company, a division of eBay, plans to announce on Tuesday that it will make its free software available immediately for Apple’s iPhone and iPod Touch and, beginning in May, for various BlackBerry phones, made by Research in Motion.
Other companies have already made software for those phones that works with Skype, but it does not offer all of the service’s features.
As with Skype on the computer, users of Skype on mobile phones can make calls and send instant messages to other Skype users free, and they pay lower rates than the phone companies would charge when they use Skype to call landlines or other mobile phones. Read more…
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The long awaited BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 is finally coming to it’s release date. T-Mobile will be the first carrier in the world to release this new BlackBerry. T-Mobile has posted a pre-register link on their website which takes you to the 8220’s page on BlackBerry.com and allows you to sign up for the company’s mailing list.
Does anyone think this is a horrible timing for RIM to release the BlackBerry Pearl Flip? So far, it looks like the BlackBerry Bold will be released in the U.S. on October 2nd on AT&T. Hopefully it won’t get pushed back again!