Daily Marauder

WIRELESS by Marauder
May 5, 2009, 9:12 PM
Filed under: WIRELESS


AT&T confirmed that RIM’s BlackBerry Curve 8900 will launch on its network beginning in early summer. The Curve, featuring GPS, Wi-Fi and an iPhone-busting 3.2 megapixel camera, has been out on T-Mobile since January, but integration with AT&T’s hot spot network could really make this a must have. (Cynopsis 5/5)


Thanks in part to an aggressive buy-one-get-one promotion, Research In Motion’s BlackBerry Curve device sold so well last quarter that it beat out the iPhone in the U.S., according to new estimates from NPD Group. Smartphones, which comprised just 17% of total phones sold during Q1 of 2008, jumped to 23% of overall sales during Q1 of 2009. (Cynopsis 5/5)

Top Selling Smartphones in the U.S. – First Quarter 2009

  1. RIM BlackBerry Curve (all 83XX models)
  2. Apple iPhone 3G (all models)
  3. RIM BlackBerry Storm
  4. RIM BlackBerry Pearl (all models, except flip)
  5. T-Mobile G1

Source: NPD Group

Half of the users of MySpace will be on mobile in two years, according to John Faith, general manager of the News Corp. online social network. "We have seen 450% year over year growth in mobile subscribers. The time of the mobile Internet is now." (http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9132539  5/4)

To pull smartphone users from Microsoft’s e-mail clients, Google on Monday trotted out a new BlackBerry converter the company hopes will eventually entice business customers to convert to Google Apps. The Google Apps Connector for BlackBerry Enterprise Server, scheduled for a July release, is aimed at making it simpler for BlackBerrys to link with such hosted applications as Gmail, Google Calender and Contacts, Google said. Computerworld (5/4) , The New York Times/ReadWriteWeb (5/4)


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