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Verizon to revamp its data plans starting August 13, ditches phone contracts

Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless will be making some big changes in both its device data plans and its smartphone purchase options, starting on August 13. On that date, Verizon will offer four data plans, with no more separate single-line or family plan options. The carrier will also do away with two-year contracts and their smartphone subsidies, with customers now offered the option of either paying for the...

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BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition now available through Amazon

BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition

If you've been holding off on picking up a BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition until it was available for purchase through Amazon, your wait is over. The device can now be ordered through the online retailer in the US for $549 and you could have it as early as August 7, assuming you're an Amazon Prime member. Something to be aware of though when ordering from Amazon is the fact there's no...

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Mackenzie Health works securely with BlackBerry

Mackenzie Health works securely with BlackBerry

Back in June, BlackBerry CEO John Chen joined the Partnering for Innovation: Healthcare in the Digital Age keynote discussion at the launch of phase two of the Mackenzie Health Innovation Unit. In the first phase of the project, Mackenzie Health implemented technologies such as 'smart' beds, 'smart' badges and communications stations, enhanced hand hygiene support solution and dome lights...

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BlackBerry highlights the design process and changes for the BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition

Looking at the BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition, it's pretty easy to say it's just another Passport variation but really, there's a bit more to it than that. Sure, it shares the same specs with some slight changes to the dimensions but as we now know from the official announcement, it also includes a few deeper improvements as well. Tasked with updating and improving the design, was Di Tao,...

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Adidas Group acquires Runtastic in a €220 million deal

Adidas acquires Runtastic for € 220 million

Runtastic, the company behind a variety of fitness apps, has been acquired by Adidas in a deal worth €220 million. With the two forces joining, the companies state that the combined goal will be to 'clearly stand out in a crowded and constantly changing landscape.' The Runtastic team currently has apps available for Android, iOS and BlackBerry 10, that not only track your runs, or bike rides,...

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BlackBerry officially announces the BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition

Just in case you couldn't tell from our hands-on video, store promo and photo gallery, BlackBerry has now officially announced the BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition. With a refined design and featuring an awesome looking silver finish, the BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition sets itself apart from the other Passport variations. "We strive to deliver products that combine cutting-edge...

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Sprint brings some new faces on board in executive shakeup

Sprint brings some new faces on board in executive shakeup

Sprint has announced a slight executive shakeup today, bringing in former Telstra exec Tarek Robbiati as its new CFO, and Günther Ottendorfer as its COO of technology. The shakeup will also see Sprint's Chief Network Officer, John Saw, promoted to Chief Technology Officer. Sprint is clearly looking to bring a fresh outlook on its strategy in the competitive mobile space with some new faces....

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BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition

UPDATE A previous version of this article noted it being a German retailer. That was incorrect. It's a Swiss site. Apologies for the error. Just in case the previously leaked images along with the media gallery going live on the BlackBerry website wasn't enough to convince you the BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition is close to being announced officially, online Swiss retailer PCP, has posted...

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AT&T

Now that AT&T has had its acquisition of DirecTV approved by the FCC, the US carrier has cemented plans on offering new bundles, providing customers with a selection of TV and wireless packaged plans. These new packages start from $50 a month, but you'll be able to grab a $10 discount if combining a new plan with a wireless subscription. Here are the price points AT&T will be hitting...

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Mobile Nations Weekly: Moto X, Windows 10, Teslas, and more!

10 years of BBM

Welcome to Mobile Nations Weekly: your window into the week in mobile tech and life. You can expect this to hit every week: the latest and greatest from the past week in technology and mobile life from across Android Central, Connectedly, CrackBerry, iMore, Windows Central, and more! If there was any week to get this started, this week was the one it — we've got major releases of hardware and...

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BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition

While we've been posting about the BlackBerry 'Oslo' and 'Dallas' for a while now, it's looking as though we'll soon finally be getting some official news surrounding the device. A new image posted up at BlackBerry10 FR shows off the Silver Edition branding the BlackBerry seemingly will roll with upon announcement. As we already know from previous leaks, the Silver Edition isn't a drastic...

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Celebrate BBM's 10th Birthday with this free BBM sticker pack!

BBM cake

As we mentioned earlier, August 1 marks BBM's 10th birthday and to celebrate the occasion BlackBerry has been taking a look back at the origins of the app as well as recapping some highlights from the 10 years BBM has been available. As part of the celebrations, BlackBerry has now announced a new, free for a limited time sticker pack as well that has now arrived in the BBM Shop. In 2015...

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Rock Legend, Author, Father - Duff McKagan stays a step ahead with BlackBerry

Normally, I'm not really a fan of celebrities speaking on which smartphones they use simply because there's always that lingering thought of whether or not they really use the device or if are they just doing it for the money. Plus, these days it instantly becomes a witch hunt to see if they're using the device. Folks lurk around, waiting for a Tweet or some other scenario where they catch the...

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Sprint's Family Share Pack offers 10GB of shared data on four lines for $100 per month

Sprint has announced the introduction of new family plans, aiming particularly for T-Mobile and its plans. The Sprint Family Share Pack offers four lines with unlimited talk and text, with 10GB of shared high-speed data for $100 per month. The carrier is also offering to quadruple Family Share Pack data for $20 more per month. This would give you unlimited talk and text, and 40GB of shared...

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The BlackBerry Blend poll results are in and it's looking good

Blend-Google-image

For the second time in the past year we recently ran a poll asking BlackBerry 10 users "How often are you using BlackBerry Blend?" For those that missed the post, the initial poll was ran back when Blend first became available. However, at that moment in time it would only run on a couple of devices. Now that all BlackBerry 10 handsets are compatible it was time to get a real reflection on how...

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Verizon XLTE hits six new cities, including Jackson and Selma

Verizon XLTE hits six new cities, including Jackson and Selma

Verizon has announced that it has expanded its XLTE service to six more cities across the U.S. Verizon has over 400 total XLTE markets, with the service providing up to double the speed of standard 4G LTE. Both the BlackBerry Classic and the Z30 are compatible with XLTE. XLTE is now live in the following locations: Carlsbad-Artesia, NM Coos Bay-North Bend, OR Corbin, KY Jackson, MS Selma,...

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Latest update to BBM for iOS brings bug fixes and improvements

Latest update to BBM for iOS brings bug fixes and improvements

Looking to keep things in line, across all the platforms the app supports, BlackBerry has now posted up a new build of BBM for iOS. Just as with the latest BlackBerry 10 and Android releases, the changelog on this one isn't exactly huge and only highlights bug fixes and improvements as the key additions. Still, it's an update, so go ahead and give it a go and let us know in the comments if it's...

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August 1 marks the 10th Anniversary of BBM

August 1 marks the 10th Anniversary of BBM

August 1, 2005. That's the day that hundreds of people started downloading BlackBerry Messenger v1.0 for the very first time as BlackBerry Principal Architect and main creator of BBM, Gary Klassen nervously sat at his desk. Originally planned for release as a part of BES 4.1, only a small number of employees were involved with the first version of BBM, which was to be called QuickMessenger until...

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Gartner names WatchDox by BlackBerry a visionary in Enterprise File Synchronization and Sharing

BlackBerry has now announced that WatchDox by BlackBerry has been named a "Visionary" in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise File Synchronization and Sharing (EFSS) for the second consecutive year. "WatchDox provides organizations with a solution for two major needs that are often in conflict with each other: security and productivity," said Billy Ho, Executive Vice President,...

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Pakistan government asks to stop use of BES in country

The Pakistan government has asked mobile phone operators to discontinue the use of BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) in the country by November 30. The government is citing security concerns around the enterprise services, and the decision was made following a meeting of several government departments in mid-July. A notification issued by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on...

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