BlackBerry users with AT&T that have been eager to get their hands on RIM’s BlackBerry OS 4.5 will soon have their chance.
According to some info BGR got their hands on, AT&T will be releasing updates to BlackBerry 8820, Curve 8310, Pearl 8120, and Curve 3200 on their network in the middle of this month and beginning in October BlackBerry’s on AT&T will be shipping with OS 4.5 installed.
Improvements in 4.5 will include:
- Improved web browsing
- Full HTML email
- Remote server search
- Docs To Go for downloading, editing and sending Word, Excel and PowerPoint files
- Media player improvements
- Free AT&T Wi-Fi hotspots access
Look for more info soon with this is officially announced.
According to a BGR tipster, the BlackBerry Bold, won’t be hitting AT&T until October 2nd, nearly five months after when it was initially expected.
The Bold is already available in Canada and Europe, so what’s the reason for the delay in the US? Not sure.
Maybe AT&T is worried about adding another hot 3G handset that will use a lot of bandwidth until some issue with their network are addressed?
Of course, this tip could be all wrong and A&T may still be releasing the bold in early September as some other report said. We’ll see, I guess…
Verizon today has launched their own visual voicemail system for their LG Voyager phone.
As you’d expect, the service works similarly to the visual voicemail system available from AT&T on the iPhone–instead of having to call in to check your voicemail systems as you would now, the new visual voicemail system allows you to visually navigate through your voicemail boxes and its your messages using an on-screen user interface.
The service will add $3 per month to your plan and on 40 messages can be stored for up to 40 days. A nice thing that it has over the iPhone’s visual voicemail system is the ability to have up to 10 unique caller ID-based greetings.
For more info check out the product page here.
Sprint today announced their second quarter numbers and I’m not sure why but the numbers continue to surprise me.
In the second quarter Sprint lost roughly 901,000 subscribers and reported a net loss of $344 million.
Sprint chief Dan Hesse is quick to point out that they are seeing some “signs of progress from our efforts to improve the customer experience, rebuild the Sprint brand and increase profitability.”
Believe it or not it is true. In their first quarter Sprint lost 1 million subscribers and reported a loss of $505 million. Their churn rate dropped to just under 2 percent, the best the industry has seen since 2004.
After this loss of subscribers Sprint is left with 51.9 million total subscribers, which is not a bad number on its own but it does keep it well behind number two Verizon with 68.7 million and number one AT&T with 72.9 million.
According to an investment note from Credit Suisse’s Kulbinder Garcha, RIM’s sales of BlackBerry smartphones at AT&T peaked in June and are likely to drop as AT&T focuses on promoting the iPhone.
Garcha believes that the decrease in sales could be substantial enough that RIM would loose influence and sales at AT&T which is where RIM does around 25 to 30 percent of its sales.
In my experience, BlackBerry users stay BlackBerry users, but new users won’t have this loyalty and may look more seriously at other options, including the iPhone, especially as it gains more support in the enterprise. It will be interesting to see if BlackBerry’s upcoming Storm touchscreen smartphone will change things at all when it’s released.
New BlackBerry Bold release dates have hit the Internet, and it looks like some carriers will be making their customers wait a bit.
According to info obtained by BlackBerryNews.com, release dates for different carriers will be as follows:
- July 29 – Rogers
- August 1 – Vodafone UK
- August 4 – T-Mobile Germany
- September 1 (or later) – AT&T
- Sometime in September – O2
Their info says that the Rogers and T-Mobile Germany dates are firm, while the others may slip a bit. In the UK, Vodafone won’t officially say anything except that it will launch before November 1, so the August 1 date is a rumor.
While many consumers of data on cellular networks are having fun with 3G, others are looking forward to the next big thing, 4G.
Two different standards are battling it out for the one that gets adopted, LTE (Long-Term Evolution) and WiMAX.
AT&T has asked the FCC to deny requests by Sprint and Clearwire radio spectrum licenses.
Guess which one AT&T is backing.
AT&T’s request will not impact the upcoming WiMAX launch in Baltimore, but if the licenses are not granted there cannot be a nationwide deployment of WiMAX.
The problem that AT&T has with the deal is that, according to their filing, Sprint and Clearwire are attempting to avoid the FCC’s normal review process by minimizing the current spectrum holdings each has. AT&T says that Sprint and Clearwire’s application was “fatally defective” and should be dismissed.
Sprint and Clearwire, on the other hand, maintain that they have “exhaustively documented all of their spectrum holdings, including a county-by-county breakout and described the myriad public interest benefits of the transaction.”
Despite reports to the contrary, the on again, off again saga of free AT&T Wi-Fi Hotspot access to iPhone users is NOT live and AT&T [again] made a mistake by posting a page that announced the service at AT&T’s 17,000 hotspots across the US.
The link, formerly here, has been taking down. When it was up, it said:
AT&T knows Wi-Fi is hot, and free Wi-Fi even hotter, which is why we are proud to offer iPhone customers free access to the nation’s largest Wi-Fi hotspot network with more than 17,000 hotspots, including Starbucks*. Now users can relax and access music, e-mail and web browsing services with their favorite blend in hand from the comfort of their favorite location.
AT&T’s webpage for helping find hotspot locations near you is still live here, so at least you can see where your local hotspots are for when the service does eventually do live, assuming it does eventually go live.
Glad I held off posting this news when I first saw it. At the moment, just about every other tech site is misreporting this. If you do happen to catch the service working, enjoy it while you can–it may not be up for long.
[Via Mac Rumors]
If you are in the market for an inexpensive cellphone but want more than just a basic model, the price of the Palm Centro with AT&T has dropped $30.
Now, after rebates and signing a new two-year contract with AT&T, the Centro can be yours for $70.
I can’t say I’m a fan of Palm devices lately, but if you’re in the market for an inexpensive smartphone it might be worth checking out.
This morning when I saw that Apple had released the 2.0 firmware update for the iPhone and iPod Touch, like any self respecting geek I started downloading it right away.
Before too long the 220MB or so file finished downloading and the update process began and after a few minutes it was done–ready to be connected to iTunes and have the various things the update process had backed up before beginning restored to my phone so it feels like my phone again.
BUT, a little something happened on the way to restoring–hundreds of thousands of other people had the same idea and we all began beating on Apple’s servers, resulting in one of two iTunes errors showing up on my computer every time I’d dock my iPhone and iTunes would try and connect to the iTunes Store to do whatever it does before restoring and then activating my phone–either one about the network connection timing out or one about iTunes being unable to make a secure connection to iTunes and telling me to make sure that I have either SSL 3.0 or TLS 1.0 enabled (which I did).
Repeatedly I tried clicking off my iPhone in the DEVICES category in iTunes then immediately clicking on it again so it would try again to connect to iTunes, then sometimes I’d undock my iPhone and dock it again just in case that might make a difference and finally, after 30 or so attempts, it worked and my iPhone settings are in the process of being restored right now.
If you should run into the same problem, keep trying and eventually you should be able to connect.
Note to Apple: perhaps releasing such a highly anticipated update to current iPhone and iPod Touch owners on the same day the new iPhone 3G is releases wasn’t such a good idea? Hopefully people that are buying their iPhone 3G right now aren’t running into the same sort of problems trying to get them activated in the AT&T and Apple stores. There must be a huge amount of traffic hitting the Apple servers right now.
UPDATE: Unfortunately it looks like the iTunes problem is affecting people that try to activate a new iPhone 3G as well. For more info check out this post.