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This Week in BlackBerry #68

August 22, 2009

“Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

~Special Olympics motto

 

Tips

1. AT&T Bold: Simultaneous Voice & Data with 3G

2. BBv4.6+: Hold Backspace/Escape Key to Boot in Safe Mode

Commentary

3. Microsoft’s Mobile Strategy: Irrelevance

BlackBerry

4. RIM Is Fortune’s Fastest-Growing Company

5. BlackBerry App Market Expands Beyond RIM Phones

iPhone

6. TomTom Released $99 iPhone SatNav App

Windows Mobile

7. Microsoft Plans “Dual-Platform” Mobile Play

8. Toshiba TG01 Review

Other News

9. Projection: 1 Billion Wi-Fi Chipsets Shipped in 2011

10. How Smartphones Are Making Wi-Fi HotAgain

11. 41% Growth in Wi-Fi Cell Phones

12. Southwest to Roll-Out Wi-Fi Fleetwide in Q1 2010

13. FCC Launches Formal Probe of Wireless Industry

14. EU Earmarks $25M to Jump-Start LTE Advanced

 

“We have so much time and so little to do. Strike that, reverse it.”

~Roald Dahl, from “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”

 

Tips


 

 

1. AT&T Bold: Simultaneous Voice & Data with 3G

 

Did you know that you when your Bold is in a 3G coverage area that you can take phone calls even when while you are receiving e-mails or using your you BB as a tethered cellular modem?

 

2. BBv4.6+: Hold Backspace/Escape Key to Boot in Safe Mode

 

If you hold the escape key, when your BB boots up it will disable all the 3rd party programs that start up by default.

 

Commentary

 

3. Microsoft’s Mobile Strategy: Irrelevance

 

Microsoft is apparently going to counter the Android and iPhone offensives on the mobile market with a new strategy: confusion. The company will allegedly continue to sell its increasingly less relevant Windows Mobile 6.5 for a lower price when it launches version 7 in the fourth quarter of 2010. The fourth quarter of 2010? I mean, does Redmond expect Google and Apple to go on a yearlong vacation? No wonder Microsoft becoming irrelevant on the mobile platform. Android and iPhone are going to kill Windows Mobile. GigaOm

 

BlackBerry

 

4. RIM Is Fortune’s Fastest-Growing Company

 

Fortune Magazine names BlackBerry maker Research In Motion No. 1 on its August 2009 list of 100 Fastest-Growing Companies.  In an accompanying profile of Research In Motion, the Aug. 31, 2009 edition of the magazine highlights the relationship between RIM’s Co-CEOs, Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie and details the company’s history. Over the past decade, RIM has sold some 65 million phones to a total of 28.5 million subscribers, giving it a 56% share of the $12 billion U.S. smartphone market.  According to Fortune, the two executives see their biggest growth opportunity outside the U.S. RIM has already formed partnerships with 475 carriers in 160 countries in recent years. CNN

 

5. BlackBerry App Market Expands Beyond RIM Phones

 

Research in Motion introduced a Web-based entry to its BlackBerry App World, a move that makes the market accessible from PCs and laptops. Meanwhile, RIM, which also added some new features to the online app market, has reached another milestone: Fortune named the Canadian company to the No. 1 spot on its 100-fastest-growing businesses in the world. Crave /Network World /InformationWeek

 

iPhone

 

6. TomTom Released $99 iPhone SatNav App

 

Stand-alone GPS units could be the victim of TomTom’s new iPhone app that reportedly offers most features found on satnav devices, including a new technology that the developer says provides the fastest route to a given destination. Facebook also released an upgrade to its App Store software that allows videos shot on the iPhone 3GS to be uploaded to the social-network site. InformationWeek /Network World

 

Windows Mobile

 

7. Microsoft Plans “Dual-Platform” Mobile Play

 

The Microsoft “dual-platform” strategy is aimed at using Mobile 6.5 against Android-based phones and Mobile 7 versus the iPhone. DigiTimes /CNET

 

8. Toshiba TG01 Review

 

A powerful little phone with a big screen: 1GHz Snapdragon Chipset, 4.1” touch screen, a thin 9.9mm with Windows Mobile 6.1. PhoneArena.com

 

Other News

 

9. Projection: 1 Billion Wi-Fi Chipsets Shipped in 2011

 

A report from ABI Research projects that Wi-Fi chipset vendors will ship 1 billion units by 2011. Wireless Week

 

10. How Smartphones Are Making Wi-Fi Hot Again

 

Forget laptops and cellular broadband. Wi-Fi usage is shooting up, thanks to smartphone-toting consumers who are using it to surf the web and connect with friends while on the go. GigaOm

 

11. 41% Growth in Wi-Fi Cell Phones

 

The first Wireless Census from network provider Meraki showed a 41% growth in Wi-Fi-enabled cell phones in North America as of June compared with a year ago as the iPhone represented 32% of the handsets in the study, more than double the June 2008 figure. Meraki also found strong increases for Research in Motion’s BlackBerry devices and Nokia smartphones. CNET

 

12. Southwest to Roll-Out Wi-Fi Fleetwide in Q1 2010

 

Currently only AirTran Airways has its entire fleet — 136 aircrafts — equipped with wireless Internet, but Southwest Airlines said that it will begin a fleetwide rollout of its in-flight Wi-Fi service in the first quarter of 2010, putting it on track to be the first major airline to offer broadband access in all of its planes. GigaOm /Computer World

 

13. FCC Launches Formal Probe of Wireless Industry

 

The FCC has formally announced plans to launch a wide-ranging probe into the U.S. wireless industry.  The commission plans to investigate multiple issues in the wireless industry, including consumer protection and competitive business practices. Wireless Week

 

14. EU Earmarks $25M to Jump-Start LTE Advanced

 

The European Union will spend $25 million to fund research into a 4G standard set to eventually replace the first iteration of Long-Term Evolution technology. The EU’s executive branch predicted that LTE Advanced projects will begin at the onset of 2010 after the EC negotiates details on how to award the research grants. Computerworld

 

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