Blackberry Storm Shows its Cheaper Side on Amazon

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via Engadget

Verizon’s BlackBerry Storm is getting a little kick in its pricing courtesy of an Amazon rebate-free rebate. The deal here is that the infamous touchscreen BlackBerry is now $99.99 on a two-year stint, no rebate paperwork, no mailing things anywhere, just shell out cash, get phone, call people. Verizon has a buy one get one free thing going on right now, so if you’re looking for two Storms for the price of one — and that one is still $199 — you can head on over to see them. Everybody happy now?

Motorola Rolls Out 2009 Verizon Lineup

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via Engadget

Our first thought when we saw Boy Genius Report’s alleged shots of Moto phones that’ll find a home on Verizon in 2009 was, “holy cow, these look fake.” And yes, granted, they’re all renders — but what really set off the alarms for us was the fact that they look… well, nothing like Motorolas. At all. But then we thought about it for a second and realized that hey, you know, when you’re a once-great cellphone manufacturer losing market share hand over first and you’re looking for the Next Big Thing, you probably want to try something a little new, a little fresh, and a little crazy.

So on that note, Verizon can apparently expect a “Rush 2” early in the year that continues Moto’s contribution to the low-cost messaging phone trend; the “Calgary” (pictured), looking like a high-end Sidekick Slide minus the Sidekick; the “Inferno,” presumably succeeding the ZN4 (which was coincidentally codenamed “Blaze”); and finally the gorgeous “Flash,” which — as far as we’re concerned — should just take the A3000’s place. So yeah, these could be an elaborate hoax, but for Motorola’s sake, we hope they’re not.

Verizon Wireless to sell BlackBerry Storm for $200

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via Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Verizon Wireless said on Thursday that it would sell the touch-screen BlackBerry Storm for $199.99, after a rebate — in line with pricing for its popular rival, Apple Inc’s (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) iPhone.

The wireless venture of Verizon Communications (VZ.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Vodafone Group Plc (VOD.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said the first touch-screen phone from Research In Motion (RIM.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) would cost $199.99 after a $50 rebate for customers who sign a new two-year service contract.

Pricing for the highly anticipated device, which goes on sale online and in Verizon stores on November 21, has been the source of much speculation after Vodafone said October 31 that it would give the Storm free to UK customers who sign a contract.

U.S. carriers in particular often shoulder a big part of the price of cell phones in exchange for getting customers to commit to a two-year service contract but analysts have worried about the effect a hefty subsidy on the Storm would have on Verizon Wireless’s profit margins. Continue reading

UPDATE: 1938 Media Loses Deal with Verizon over “TechNigga”

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1938 Media’s distribution deal with Verizon, announced just a week ago, is history.

Yesterday a group of “civil rights activists” protested the deal and threatened to boycott Verizon. The reason? A 2007 video that Feldman created called ” TechNigga” that the groups say is racist.

The video was not included on Verizon, and television reports that Verizon financed the video are incorrect. But Feldman confirmed to me that all 1938 Media videos were removed by Verizon yesterday and that they terminated the relationship today.
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Cuba OK’s Cell Phones

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Hello can you hear me now? Raul Castro, the other Castro Brother has just lifted cellphone restrictions on the island of Cuba. Now Cubans can enjoy a priviledge that was once reserved for government elite; something so simple as talking on a cellphone. On a paltry state salary of $20 it may be necessary for Cubans to recieve outside support if they want those shiny popular gadgets like the iPhone or a Sidekick though.

They got your phones tapped, what you gonna do?

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While Americans were busying snatching up the last items on their Christmas shopping lists, the U.S. Senate was one step closer to protecting various cellphone/wireless carriers who allegely collaborated with the US Goverment in their illegal phonetap/spy program.  They are passing legislature that will protect these companies from any further legal action.  The greenlight not only extends to wiretapping of phone services but also internet connections.  Here’s what they had to say: “The language is crafted broadly enough to shield not only traditional telephone companies and Internet service providers, but e-mail providers, search engines, and instant-messaging services too. And the legal shield would apply not only to corporate cooperation with programs run by the National Security Agency, but also any activities at the CIA, the Defense Department, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the State Department, the Treasury Department, Homeland Security and other intelligence-related organizations.”  To read the full story about this invasion of your privacy read HERE.

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