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BlackBerry Curve 3G to be available on Vodafone Malta

The BlackBerry Curve 3G is making its way around Europe and Vodafone Malta is the next stop. They have announced that the device should be available in stores from tomorrow. It will ship with BlackBerry 5 and it BlackBerry 6 ready. The device will be available without contract for €339. There is a monthly contract offer of €50 per month on a smartphone post paid plan.

Source: VodafoneNews

BlackBerry smartphones save UK Police £112m per year

According to RIM, the UK Police force is able to save around £112m a year by using BlackBerry smartphones.

Rory O'Neill, Senior Director of Business Marketing (EMEA) at RIM, spoke to eWeek and stated that one in six officers carry around a BlackBerry and out of the 56 police forces in the UK, 44 of them use BlackBerry technology and applications. The use of BlackBerry smartphones has increased productivity, allowing more police officers to be out in the streets instead of spending time on paperwork. It also allowed them to access or update records on the go from their BlackBerry. O'Neill said they worked close with Bedfordshire Police to work on a mobile data solution that would allow officers to access data from the Police National Computer without using up the radio network.

"There are now a staggering array of applications that enable police forces to do innovative things," said O'Neill. "The police are able to spend more time on the street, and less in the police station. We have created applications that access back-end systems that can perform administrative tasks out on the street. One of the reasons why the police work with BlackBerry is because of the security model."

RIM also cited from a study that said 85% of police officers found that the BlackBerry assisted them in doing their job while 75% that it would be a big deal if the BlackBerry devices were taken away from them.

Source: eWeek

Three is the next carrier to offer up the BlackBerry Torch 9800

Three is now the third network in the UK to release RIM's flagship device, the Torch 9800, following Vodafone and Orange.

There is only one tariff to choose from to get your hands on the Torch 9800. The phone costs £249 and you pay £35/month on a 2-year contract. With this tariff you get 2000 mins anytime/any network, 5000 texts, 5000 Three-to-Three mins, 1GB internet usage, as well as Unlimited BlackBerry data.

BlackBerry Torch 9800 now available from Orange

The BlackBerry Torch 9800 has been available on the Orange network since October 1st but only through Phones 4 U. Today though, you can get it direct from Orange.

Plans start from £20/month on a 2-year contract while the device will cost £249.99. You'll get 100 mins, unlimited text plus 500MB mobile data. It does not look as if you'll be able to get the device for free, even on the top tariff of £75/month where you'll pay £49.99 for the device.

If you've been waiting for the Torch to launch official through Orange, your time has come. Pop in-store or get more details from the Orange website.

BIS 3.2 being rolled out in EMEA region

Over the weekend a lot of users within Europe have been confirming that they have BIS 3.2. One of the main updates of BIS 3.2 is the option to sync your Gmail calendar with your BlackBerry calendar.

Automatic Login Enhancement has also been introduced. This means that you no longer have to enter your Username and Password in order to access the BlackBerry Internet Service when on your BlackBerry. Of course when logging in online then you'd still need to enter those details.

Other changes that BIS 3.2 brings are:

  • Show and Hide Password Option - Subscribers can choose to show or hide the passwords for all email addresses that need to be validated by clicking the Show password or Hide password options.
  • New Password Criteria - Newly created passwords for BlackBerry Internet Service accounts and BlackBerry email addresses must meet new criteria.
    • Must include 8 to 16 characters
    • Must include at least one letter and one number
    • Cannot include the word "password"
    • Cannot include the user name of the BlackBerry Internet Service account or BlackBerry email address that the password is associated with
Source: BerryReview

Win a BlackBerry Torch 9800 and a trip to New York courtesy of Phones 4U

Phones 4U has teamed up with BlackBerry UK & Ireland to give you the chance to win a trip to New York. The winner gets to bring a friend and will spend 3 nights in New York (includes flights and accommodation) as well as receiving £500 spending money. You and your friend will also win a BlackBerry Torch 9800.

If you don’t win first prize don’t worry as 5 runners-up will also get a shiny new Torch 9800.

All you have to do is answer a simple question: If you were a famous explorer, what three things would you always take on your adventures?

BlackBerry Bold 9780 gets Vodafone UK pricing

With the BlackBerry Torch 9800 well and truly available in the UK, Vodafone looks set to releasing another BlackBerry in the very near future. The BlackBerry Bold 9780 tariff prices have just been outed so we should expect to see them in stores soon. We haven't even seen a release day of any kind for the 9780, so having the prices out and about is pretty crazy.

We know already that the Bold 9780 is a refreshed Bold 9700 with more memory and 5MP camera in the same shell so it's safe to say that the tariffs would be very similar to the 9700. Here's the tariff details currently known:

  • 900 minutes (anytime/network)
  • Unlimited texts
  • 500mb of data
  • BIS included
  • £35/pm (24 months) - device free on this plan
  • £40/pm (18 months) - device free on this plan

Will you holding out to get your hands on the Bold 9780? I am curious to know if any 9700 owners will upgrade or just wait for BB6 to be available.

Source: BerryReview

BlackBerry Torch 9800 available in the UK today

For those of us in the UK waiting eagerly for the BlackBerry Torch 9800, the wait is finally over. Phones 4U confirmed yesterday through Twitter that the BlackBerry Torch 9800 will be available to UK customers online and in store from today, October 1st.

You'll be able to get it on the Orange and Vodafone networks for free on a 2 year contract. Orange tariffs start from £35. This will give you 600 mins, 3000 texts and unlimited BlackBerry data every month. Vodafone tariffs start from £37.50, giving you 800 mins, 3000 texts and 1GB BlackBerry data every month.

Are you a Vodafone or Orange customer? Are you planning to get yourself a BlackBerry Torch 9800?

Vodafone UK soon to launch Pay As You Go BlackBerry Services

Over the past year a lot of carriers have been adding "Pay As You Go" BlackBerry to their offerings and Vodafone UK is no expection to that. According to their website, PAYG BlackBerry is coming soon. With the BlackBerry Curve 3G, 8520 and the BlackBerry Pearl 3G being the first devices available sometime in October, it's sure to grab a few peoples attention as it requires no contract. You can head on over to the Vodafone UK website for more information, although details are still rather slim as of yet from the carrier.

BlackBerry Torch 9800 now available to pre-order in the UK

No mention of a date launch yet but Vodafone UK is now offering customers the chance to pre-order the Torch 9800.

You can get your hands on the Torch 9800 by signing up to a 2-year contract. Cheapest tariff being £20/month but you'll have to cough up £399 ($622). You'll be able to get it free from £40/month.