Archive for September, 2011
Vodacom and RIM today launched the Blackberry Bold 9900 which is recommended to be sold at a retail price of R7,694 on prepaid while a contract will cost the customer R449 per month on a 24 month BlackBerry Talk 100 contract. The 768MB RAM, 8GB internal storage device also packs a 1.2GHz processor and a 5 megapixel camera.
The Bold features a 2.8-inch VGA (640×480) capacitive touch display on which the user can watch the HD video that they may have recorded with 720p, topped of with Blackberry OS 7 – all powered by the 1230mAh battery.
Sonim Technologies is known for manufacturing devices that can go through many conditions, from cars running over them to falling from heights and can still be used as if nothing happened to it. The Sonim XP3300 is known for holding a record of falling 25.29 meters on concrete and still can be used normally.
The device is IP68 certified meaning that it can go through water and dust for 2 meters at a maximum of 1 hour. The Sonim handset can also withstand conditions +55 degrees Celsius, the device also being MIL-STD 810G certified means that it is grade salt, fog, humidity, transport shock and thermal shock resistant.
Nkosana Makate, former MTN employee has filed a lawsuit case mentioning that he was the inventor of the “please call me” ability and should be given recognition for it. Another former employee, Ari Khan claims that the “please call me” was his idea and that he has papers to prove it.
Ari mentions that he created the idea in 200 where a user would send a text message without airtime, requesting the other user to call back. Makate also mentions that he created the idea in 2000 where at that time he was working in the finance department – Vodacom introduced this in 2001.
South Africa may decrypt BBM if crimes are on the rise mentioned deputy Communications Minister, while other countries such as Britain and Saudi Arabia are already investigating at options as it has contributed to the crimes in UK. The UK government may stop the use of BBM and social networking sites during riots.
The Minister also mentioned that this is not to spy on the citizens but will be used after a crime or threat has occurred to investigate and assist the authorities in their investigations.
Nokia has no plans to welcome the Nokia n9 into US but an online store is accepting pre-orders at $925. The Nokia N9 appeared on the Romanian website meaning that Romania is to receive the MeeGo handset soon, although no price o release date has been revealed by any information.
Nokia has announced that Mexico is to officially receive the Nokia N9 but again, no price or release date has been revealed, a black and pink device shall available at the moment.
Apple and Lenovo currently have a strong tablet and device market in China, Dell has joined Baidu – the Chinese internet search engine. The well known brand is a bonus for Dell which will enable more sales in China. The Chinese market that Apple and Lenovo currently are targeting, Dell hopes to also target those 900 million users.
Dell mentioned that they shall use the Streak 5 tablet to begin with, both partnered companies are planning to bring mobile devices soon into the market.
The Sony Tablet S will arrive in the US on September 16 for $499, this will be Sony’s first tablet that will feature Android Gingerbread 3.1. More specifications include a 9.4 inch display, a 1GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, 1GB of RAM, 16 and 32GB tablet choices together with front and rear-facing cameras.
You can pre-order it from Sony or Amazon, the choices have a %100 difference. Canada shall receive the Tablet eother on September 14 or 15, UK is to receive it on September 16.
Roger has been taking 4G LTE device reservations for a while now, the Samsung Galaxy S II is available for a reservation which costs $40 which is better than paying the common $50 at Best Buy. Roger’s 4G LTE expansion is expected to be functional in sometime late September.
Canada, Ottawa already has 4G LTE network while on September 28, Toronto will have 4G LTE available. No official pricing is available.
Rumours suggest that Intel may be temporarily abandoning MeeGo development which may mean that this platform may be used for long term purposes. Intel has denied this rumour, saying that they will continue with the OS according to Gsmarena. At this stage, only 1 MeeGo smartphone and a developer-only device is available.
If this rumour is true, then Intel may turn to Android or Windows Phone as a OS decision for their handset platforms. MeeGo then may become as a community project, there would be no MeeGo hardware either. Looking at the amount of MeeGo products – MeeGo may not be successful even if it has proper care.
Samsung’s IFA event held some negative news for the US market, a Samsung rep mentioned that the Galaxy Tab 7.7 or the Galaxy Note won’t be coming available for the Americans, no reason was seen for this statement. GottaBeMobile mentions that Samsung went this way because of lack of carrier interest as well as the future competition against Amazon.
Phandroid suggest that Samsung may want to focus more on Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales in the US market, WiFi versions of the tablet are available in retail stores. To acquire the Note or Tab 7.7, you will have to pay more than usual.