New $25 unlimited plan coming to Virgin Mobile?

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Just because you want to have an unlimited plan doesn’t mean that you have to break the bank. This comes from an unverified source, but it seems that Virgin Mobile is about to unleash one of the cheapest “unlimited” plans that I have seen for some time. How cheap? How does twenty-five bucks sound?

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More affordable Wind Mobile data plans rise to the surface

New $35 unlimited data plan offered by Wind Mobile

Wind Mobile has been aggressively marketing in the cities that it serves, but some people may say that their services are still too expensive. Well, it seems that a few more data plan options are just over the horizon. If you were to go to the Wind Mobile website today, you’d see that there is just one data add-on option. That’s the infinite mobile for $35.00 a month, offering unlimited Internet access on your smartphone while in any Wind Home Zone. What if you don’t need that much data?

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RIM becomes fourth biggest phonemaker in the world

RIM's popular BlackBerry Bold QWERTY candybar

Even though it may feel like Apple is taking the mobile world by storm, the Cupertino-based company doesn’t even crack the top five when it comes to global sales. A Canadian company, however, has cracked the top five, and that’s none other than Research in Motion.

This is huge news for the BlackBerry-maker, because Research in Motion is the only smartphone-focused cell phone company to make it into the top five internationally.

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BlackBerry Pearl 9100 officially announced as BlackBerry Pearl 3G

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There’s no flip version yet of the Pearl 3G, though I suspect RIM will do that at some point too. Announced at the WES conference this week, the BlackBerry Pearl 3G is doing something a little different compared to previous Pearl phones too. Yeah, there’s a version with the expected SureType keyboard, but there’s another version with a standard T9 numeric keypad too. I guess people want bigger buttons; me, I’d rather have a real QWERTY keyboard. Then again, I guess QWERTY fans are more inclined to nab a Curve or a BlackBerry Bold instead. The rumor of a QWERTY Pearl is still out there, so it could happen.

Rounding out the specs for the Pearl 3G are triband HSDPA, 802.11n Wi-Fi support, 3.2MP camera, microSD expansion, and a 360 x 400 display. RIM will be offering in several “lustrous colors” including black and white. The expectation is that versions will be made available (in May) for both AT&T and T-Mobile with the appropriate 3G bands in to, as well as Rogers and Telus in Canada.

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Will RIM release a BlackBerry tablet to join the iPad?

Concept: BerryTab

To many people, the Apple iPad is little more than an oversized iPod touch, but it seems to represent a whole new niche in the market. It’s not an eReader, because the screen totally rocks and you need two hands to operate and hold it. It’s obviously not a netbook since there are no dedicated keys, but something in between. This means companies are going be scrambling to capitalize on this interest with iPad-like devices of their own, whether or not we know what the heck to do with them.

Rumors have surfaced that Research in Motion is working on a tablet of its own.

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BlackBerry service coming to Koodo Canada?

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The approach taken by the so-called “budget” carriers in Canada is quite interesting. They start out saying that they want to be as affordable as possible, but they slowly creep up into the territory of their parent companies. It seems that the Telus-offshoot Koodo Mobile could be expanding its business beyond their initial focus of cheap phones with cheap plans. They got a little better with some QWERTY-packing “feature” phones, but it seems that the latest plans are hinting at BlackBerry service too. That’s quite a step up from a simple keyboard-equipped “dumbphone.”

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Verizon Wireless starts to offer Skype Mobile this week, no Wi-Fi support

Skype Mobile on Verizon Wireless

Sometimes it can be tough to convince conventional wireless carriers to allow their consumers to use Skype on their phones. This is understandable, I suppose, since it can bite straight into the carrier’s bottom line. That said, less money from a customer is better than no customer at all.

It seems that Verizon is coming to its senses in this respect, because it has announced that Skype Mobile will indeed be offered on several of its handset. The launch is slated for this Thursday, March 25.

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Next-generation BlackBerry Pearl 9100 revealed

Blackberry 9100 Spotted - Photo: Slashphone

I’m personally more of a fan of having a full QWERTY keyboard, but some people like the more compact form factor that can be afforded with a SureType keyboard instead. For those people, Research in Motion has the new BlackBerry Pearl 9100 and Slashphone has photos to prove it.

Someone has been able to get their hands on a working model of the new BlackBerry smartphone in all its glossy black glory. It still has the characteristic SureType (two letters to a key) keyboard of the Pearl lineup, but the “Pearl” trackball has been replaced by the trackpad used on all the new BlackBerry devices.

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New BlackBerry Storm 3 is really a BlackBerry slider?

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It seems that the boys and girls at Research in Motion have been keeping pretty busy. We’ve seen two generations of the BlackBerry Storm already, but there are still people like me who would prefer to have a physical keyboard. How are they going to appease the masses? Based on these leaked photos, it seems they’re doing it with a BlackBerry slider phone.

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Virgin Mobile’s BlackBerry Bold 9700 $0 with three-year plan

Blackberry Bold 9700 $0 on Virgin Mobile

The BlackBerry Bold 9700 that I took a good look at last year has headed North. Rogers Wireless is far from being the only Canadian carrier to sell the phone. Telus, Bell, and Wind all have it, but as it turns out you can get it even cheaper somewhere else, with strings attached of course.

Being one of the newest and most advanced BlackBerry devices to date, getting it without laying down a single penny (at least for the device itself) seems pretty good.

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Trafficmaster International Rescue offers concierge service via smartphone

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Have you ever been traveling abroad and then you lose your passport? Maybe you’re in a foreign land and you got mugged on the subway? These can be very stressful moments and that’s why it helps to have some local assistance close at hand. Catering to this exact market is International Rescue, a smartphone-based service launched by Trafficmaster.

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Sheridan College shows new 3D tourism game using BlackBerry smartphones at Vancouver 2010

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Sheridan College arrived in Vancouver and setup shop at the Ontario House to display their latest glasses-free 3D technology. With Spacial View, RIM, and experts from Sheridan, they have created a puzzle game called IC3D featuring 20 of the most interesting landmark locations in Ontario.

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Didiom Placeshifting connects all your music to one mobile device

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With thousands of audio files in your iTunes library and growing, how do you access your massive archives of digital music without having to “sync” before hitting the road? Didiom has a solution.

Didiom is a New York based company who has released a service called Didiom Pro. They take your digital media from your home computer network and let you access it from your mobile phone. Much faster and simpler than syncing or copying files over to memory chips or USB.

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