Getting To Know BlackBerry Messenger

Hey BlackBerry addicts!  Are you using BBM?  Don’t know what BBM is?  It’s BlackBerry Messenger an instant messaging app specifically for BlackBerry users!

So what can you do with BlackBerry Messenger?  It allows you to send IM messages to other BlackBerry users in your contacts list.  Some of the features include being able to send messages without character limits; receive real-time notification when a message is delivered and read; send pictures and videos to multiple BBM users; and share what music you are listening to on your BB.

Hit the Read more link to see a video of BBM in action.

Ready to get started?  Head over to the BlackBerry website to install the software on your phone.

Before you can get started with BlackBerry Messenger, your BlackBerry must be running BlackBerry OS 4.5 or later.  That means that most BlackBerry Curve and later devices will be supported, however, you may need to update your phone’s operating system before you can install.

If you really want to learn the ins and outs of BBM, you can download the manual from the BlackBerry support website.

BlackBerry Bold 9650 Available from Sprint

The Sprint edition of the RIM BlackBerry Bold has gone on sale via the Sprint website today, according to BoyGeniusReport.com. The Bold 9650, which started out life as the BlackBerry Tour 2, will eventually replace the Tour on Sprint’s Now Network.

The BlackBerry Bold 9650 can be purchased for $199.99 after a $100 instant rebate and a $100 mail in rebate when you sign-up for a new line of service or add a 2-year contact extension to your existing plan.

The BlackBerry Bold 9650’s feature list includes:

  • Trackpad
  • BlackBerry® Push Technology
  • Mobile Email
  • BlackBerry App World™
  • 3.2 Megapixel Camera and Camcorder
  • Dual Network Capability for International Travel
  • Wi-Fi Enabled – 802.11 b/g
  • External Memory (Up to 32GB SDHC microSD card)
  • BlackBerry® Messenger and Instant Messaging
  • Attachment Viewing and Editing (DataViz Documents to Go)
  • GPS capable
  • BlackBerry® Media Sync (sync with Apple iTunes)
  • Bluetooth® Enabled including Stereo BT profile
  • Voice Activated Dialing
  • Hearing Aid Compatible (HAC)

For more information and upgrade pricing, visit the Sprint website. For detailed product specifications on the BlackBerry Bold family of smartphones, visit the Research In Motion BlackBerry website.

[Via BoyGeniusReport.com…]

BlackBerry OS 5.0 Release for Verizon Edition Tour

Alongside the Motorola Droid 2.1 software update, BoyGeniusReport.com is also running an article that Verizon and RIM have rolled out BlackBerry OS 5.0 for the BlackBerry Tour 9630.

According to the data sheet posted on the Verizon Wireless BlackBerry Tour support website, the key enhancements in BlackBerry OS 5.0 include:

  • Smoother operation in the Camera and video applications
  • Improved Bluetooth functionality for last number dialed
  • Enhancements for English and French voice activated dialing
  • Improved functionality in the SMS messaging application
  • Added Push To Talk

For the full list of features, visit the Verizon website.

[Via BoyGeniusReport.com…]

BGR: BlackBerry Tour 2 Hands On

The folks over at BGR have gotten there hands on another BlackBerry. This time we get to eyeball the upcoming BlackBerry Tour 2 9650, which is a CDMA phone from RIM that will likely replace the BlackBerry Tour on Verizon Wireless and Sprint.

The big changes for the Tour 2 seem to be a track pad and a speed bump. I really like the look of the Tour 2, however, I like the keyboard layout of the BlackBerry Curve 8530 better. Still, the Tour 2 is a nice upgrade for CrackBerry owners who haven’t upgraded to the Tour platform yet.

Get all the details over at the BGR website.

[Via BoyGeniusReport.com…]

BlackBerry Tour On Deck


Following closely behind the Verizon Motorola Droid, I have gotten my hands on a BlackBerry Tour 9630!

The BlackBerry Tour is currently available from both Verizon Wireless and Sprint. Unlike the other CDMA/EVDO smarphones in their line ups, the Tour is considered a “World phone” because it also has a GSM radio and SIM card slot. The demo unit that I have from Verizon was shipped out with a Vodafone SIM card in it.

Just like the Moto Droid, I’ll be testing this phone out as a replacement phone for my company’s fleet of Palm Treo 700p and 755p smartphones. I’ll have a short review of the BlackBerry Tour 9630 ready at the end of my demo period.

If you are interested in digging into all the details about the Tour 9630 now, you will want to check out the BlackBerry website.