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BlackBerry Storm update leaks to the masses 30 November 2008 at 12:38 am by

Okay, remember that bit about waiting for a wide release? Yeah, screw that noise. Firmware 4.7.0.75 for the BlackBerry Storm has drizzled out onto the interwebs, and initial reports from intrepid updaters seem to be generally positive. We can’t verify the authenticity of this sucker, but if you were counting down the minutes until RIM got around to patching up issues and killing some lag, 75 might be a good start. Good luck, friends.

[Thanks, Erik]

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BlackBerry Storm update leaks to the masses originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 30 Nov 2008 00:38:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Rogers selling the BlackBerry Curve 8900? UPDATE: Yes indeed By 28 November 2008 at 1:16 am and have No Comments

Word on the street is that people have suddenly (and rather unexpectedly) started to be able to buy the Curve 8900 on Rogers for $179.99 on a three-year contract with support for the carrier’s Talkspot UMA service. Why this wasn’t heavily advertised leading up to the release, we don’t know — folks seem to be red-hot for this release — but at any rate, you should be able to stroll into your local shop in the next few days and pick this sucker up. That eternal question comes up yet again: Curve, Bold, or Storm?

Update: Game on — according to Boy Genius, the Curve is now listed in Rogers’ internal database and retail stores are starting to get stocks. So what’s it gonna be?

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Rogers selling the BlackBerry Curve 8900? UPDATE: Yes indeed originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 28 Nov 2008 01:16:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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G1 and BlackBerry Bold get the Colorware treatment, finally feel at home with your bippies and lightsticks By 25 November 2008 at 2:01 pm and have No Comments

As you probably learned in grammar school, there’s a time in every gadget’s life when it gets the Colorware treatment — and for the G1 and the Bold, the time is now. It’ll run you $150 to dress up your current T-Mobile handset, or the company will ship you a brand new one $725. Prices for the BlackBerry Bold run $139 and $674 for the makeover and the whole phone, respectively. Sure, that’s a pretty pile of change, but if you’d spent your formative years in the East Coast rave scene you’d know just how coveted and stylish a pink, blue and orange G1 really is. If the BlackBerry is more your speed, make sure you check out that sexy number after the break.

[Thanks, Ken]

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G1 and BlackBerry Bold get the Colorware treatment, finally feel at home with your bippies and lightsticks originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 25 Nov 2008 14:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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XPS 1340 appears on Dell’s website in name only By 25 November 2008 at 1:33 pm and have 1 Comment

It’s just been a few short days since Dell’s still unofficial Inspiron 1425 made an impromptu appearance on the company’s website, but it doesn’t look like the leaks are showing any signs of stopping just yet, with the also unannounced XPS 1340 now making its debut in an equally roundabout manner. Unfortunately, apart from the fact that it’ll apparently have a 64GB SSD option, there aren’t exactly many details to be found on the system, although it seems pretty safe to bet that it’ll be an update of some sort to the popular XPS m1330. Unless, of course, Dell intends to make its line-up even more unnecessarily confusing, which is also a possibility.

[Thanks, Omer]

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Awethumb is amaathing! By 25 November 2008 at 1:04 pm and have No Comments

Whittling might have been a hoax and Blackberry massages just a ruse, but the Awethumb is all too real — and all too freaking amazing. Yeah, we’re not at all sure that these $8 plastic thumbguards — available in your choice of colors! — will actually protect you from repetitive stress or even make typing easier, but all the dudes and dudettes on the El train will know you mean business when you slip ‘em on. As an added bonus, lack of compatibility with the iPhone will allow you to express your disdain for touchscreens in a satisfyingly dramatic way — if you can’t rock it with an Awethumb, you’re not rockin’. Ah, to be young and ensheathed in plastic thumb protectors. Frankly astounding video after the break.

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Awethumb is amaathing! originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 25 Nov 2008 13:04:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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BlackBerry Storm: the aftermath By 23 November 2008 at 7:56 am and have No Comments

With day zero of the Age of the Storm (well, Verizon’s day zero, anyway) now behind us, it’s probably a good idea to pause for a moment, take a deep breath, and reflect on what just went down. First and foremost, we’re hearing that stock levels are pretty bleak at the moment in many areas; in some cases, stores didn’t get as many Storms as they’d been expecting, leading to speedy sell-outs. Some of those that were able to snatch a scarce unit were met with activation issues, Verizon’s servers seemingly meeting the same fate as AT&T’s and Apple’s on iPhone 3G launch day. Will the situation improve? We can only imagine — but it’s hard to say just how long it’ll take before you’ll be able to stroll into the store (or shady mall kiosk) of your choice and score a Storm sight unseen, especially in light of the firmware drama unfolding before our very eyes. In the meantime, owners (and hopefuls, too), keep sending in your reports from the field!

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BlackBerry Storm: the aftermath originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 23 Nov 2008 07:56:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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BlackBerry Storm sells out hard and fast By 21 November 2008 at 3:03 pm and have No Comments

We don’t have official confirmation of this yet, but we’re hearing from all over that Verizon’s launch of the BlackBerry Storm has so far been a raging success — from what we can tell, it’s sold out nearly everywhere, and the online store is buckling under the load of thousands of eager buyers. Sounds like RIM’s on track for a hit — any of you have any luck scoring a Storm today? How’d it go? Digging the SurePress screen? Hit us up in comments!

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BlackBerry Storm sells out hard and fast originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 21 Nov 2008 15:03:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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In case you missed our BlackBerry Storm review… By 20 November 2008 at 10:07 am and have No Comments

The most anticipated BlackBerry of the year (sorry, Bold) is just a day away from release on Verizon — and naturally, we’ve got the full rundown. Want to know if this is the phone for you? Click the pic or the link below to get the scoop!

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In case you missed our BlackBerry Storm review… originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 20 Nov 2008 10:07:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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RIM BlackBerry Curve 8900 passes FCC By 12 November 2008 at 8:19 pm and have No Comments

RIM BlackBerry Curve 8900

RIM BlackBerry Curve 8900

(Credit: Boy Genius Report)

In case you find the RIM BlackBerry Bold a little too expensive for your tastes or you don’t need all that flash, perhaps we can interest you in the RIM BlackBerry Curve 8900?

Also known by its code name, the BlackBerry …

BlackBerry 9530 Storm pricing revealed on VZW staging server By 11 November 2008 at 6:26 am and have No Comments

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Ah, now this is a bit more solid pricing information. Verizon’s testman pre-launch site now lists the BlackBerry 9530 Storm for $219.99 under a 2 year contract. Not quite below the $199 threshold set by the iPhone 3G as predicted by some analysts. Then again, the fat lady isn’t singing yet so maybe we’ll see some kind of mail-in rebate before this gets officially official. Without contract, we’re looking at $520 according to the staging server. Pretty close the prices we saw hinted at early last week. See that screen grab and another for the $290 one-year contract after the break.

[Via Howard Forums, thanks Paul]

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BlackBerry 9530 Storm pricing revealed on VZW staging server originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 11 Nov 2008 07:26:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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