Blackberry maker, NTP settle patent dispute for $612.5M – Mar. 3, 2006

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Date: Sunday, March 5th, 2006, 11:06
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Blackberry maker, NTP settle patent dispute for $612.5M – Mar. 3, 2006:

BlackBerry maker Research in Motion said Friday it agreed to pay $612.5 million to patent holding company NTP to settle a long-running dispute that had threatened to shut down the popular wireless e-mail service for its 3 million users.

That’s a tidy sum. But it appears to be over. Although they’ve settled before.

The real question is this: is Apple really comfortable acquiescing mobile sync to RIM, Microsoft, and smaller players?

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REVIEW : Motorola PEBL V6

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Date: Tuesday, February 28th, 2006, 09:18
Category: Mobile Phone

motorola-PEBL.jpgThe Motorola PEBL is a killer flip phone with a beautiful black matte finish and a unique dual hinge design that allows it to be opened with one hand. The PEBL looks more like a stone that you found in a riverbed and I bet it would make a pretty impressive skip rock.
Two different triband GSM versions are available, depending on your area and carrier and both support high-speed EDGE data connections. The model I tested was on T-Mobile.
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REVIEW: Motorola SLVR L7 Mobile Phone

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Date: Sunday, February 26th, 2006, 23:50
Category: Mobile Phone

motorola-SLVR-2.jpgI’ve had the opportunity to test drive the Motorola SLVR L7 the second phone to integrate iTunes into the mobile phone experience. The SLVR is a quad band (GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz) mobile phone with support for international roaming.
The SLVR includes built-in stereo speakers, integrated hands-free speakerphone, 262,000 “vivid color” display, illuminated etched keypad, VGA camera with 4x digital zoom, and video capture and playback. The SLVR L7 ships with extra ring-tones, Java support for games and applications, AOL/Yahoo!/ICQ instant messaging and Bluetooth connectivity.
The SLVR is the replacement for the Motorola ROKR, which I reviewed in January 2006. Although this is the second generation of the iTunes phone you can still find the ROKR for US$99. This makes sense in the big picture because this new Motorola phone is so different from the ROKR in terms of appearance and feel, even though the interface is almost identical.
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Nokia E61 Coming Soon?

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Date: Thursday, February 9th, 2006, 22:07
Category: Mobile Phone

nokia_e61.jpgFrom MobileTracker: Nokia E61 shipping in mid February? – MobileTracker
The ‘Berry-esque Nokia E61 is slated for arrival in a matter of days! Its fast EDGE and 3G data connections will make a lot of people happy, and this is the first S60 device to deviate from the one-handed smartphone design of previous S60 handsets.
It is unlikely that iSync will work with this device when it gets released; most of the new SyncML devices require more than a little hacking to get them syncing up against a Mac, but I’ll probably be keeping my eyes closely glued to the E61 and the iSync supported devices page.
Not that I’m unhappy with my P910 or anything, but I’m getting tired of waiting for the P990. The E61 is coming up on MobileBee for a bargain price of USD$500 unlocked and unbranded. If a US operator like Cingular or T-Mobile carries it, expect a discount to around $300 with a new contract.
Thanks, MobileTracker, you made my day!


Krusell 's top 10 Selling Smartphones for January 2006

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Date: Thursday, February 9th, 2006, 10:38
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treo700w.jpgKrusell ‘s top 10 selling PDAs/Smart phones in January 2006.
1. (1) Palm Treo 600/650/700
2. (3) Qtek 9100/ I-mate K-Jam
3. (-) HP hx2100/24×0/27×0
4. (2) Qtek 9000/SPV M5000/MDA PRO
5. (4) HP iPAQ HW 65xx/6700
6. (10) Blackberry RIM 62X0/72X0
7. (5) HP iPAQ hx4700/4705
8. (6) Qtek S100/I-mate JAM
9. (7) Qtek 9090/IMate PDA 2k
10. (8) Blackberry 7100i
( ) = last month’s position.
Click through to see Krusell’s top 10-selling phones in January 2006…


Blackcherry, StrawBerry Workarounds Revealed

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Date: Friday, February 3rd, 2006, 00:11
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blackberry-8700f.jpg“Enterprise Spy” has posted an excellent article on the BlackBerry workaround for those of you haven’t already sold yours on eBay.
Some background: In 2001, Virginia-based NTP filed a lawsuit alleging that Research In Motion’s BlackBerry wireless e-mail service infringed upon its patents. Judge James Spencer of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia is about to rule on whether to enforce an injunction shutting down BlackBerry sales and service in the U.S.

There are a few dozen companies that have seen the RIM work-around and the specification under an NDA, I included. I won’t elaborate on when, where or details that might give away my ID but I will attempt to give you enough information to set your heart at ease that the BlackBerry work-around isn’t such a big deal at all – IMO.
There are (as far as I have seen) two versions. One is indistinguishable from the current service (The StealthBerry) and the other is far more interesting and introduces more features (dubbed “The Blackcherry or The StrawBerry”) that will be integrated into future models if a settlement is not reached with NTP. I’ll attempt to describe the latter product first.

Read more here.
(Via: Emory Lundberg).


Mossberg on PalmOne Treo 700w

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Date: Friday, January 20th, 2006, 11:55
Category: Mobile Phone

treo700w.jpgThe WSJ’s Walt Mossberg weighs in on the new Windows Mobile-powered Treo 700w from PalmOne.
The Good:
– EVDO (10x faster)
– Better keyboard
– Better camera (1.3MP v. 0.3MP)
– Twice usable memory
– Better (claimed) battery life
The Bad:
– Smaller screen (240*240, 44% less than 320*320)
– Email bugs/weaker
– Twice as expensive
– Poor one-handed phone operation
I won’t buy any WinMo-powered phone right now because their lack of native Mac compatibility. I have to admit to being (briefly) tempted by the fast EVDO service, until I found out that they don’t have coverage in my area. I will considering getting a Treo 700p (running Palm OS) once the exclusive period with Microsoft expires.
Click through to read Mossberg’s whole review.


RIM Picks up PocketMac for Mac -> BlackBerry Sync

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Date: Thursday, January 12th, 2006, 17:32
Category: Mobile Phone

Phone Scoop is reporting that RIM has licensed PocketMac for BlackBerry from the good people at PocketMac for all BlackBerry users to enjoy.
RIM is reportedly going to start offering the syncronization suite free to all BlackBerry users using Macs, which is great news for Mac users and especially good for those Mac users using the BlackBerry.
Congratulations for the team working hard over there, they make a swell product. One that is, as of today, the standard. Keep up the great work! This is also the first time in history that RIM has acknowledged that they even want to support Mac users with their devices, so with any luck this is just the beginning of the end of RIM treating Mac users as if they had the plague.
Is this a sign of the Mac getting a wider footprint in Enterprise environments?

REVIEW: Motorola ROKR E1 iTunes Mobile Phone

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Date: Friday, January 6th, 2006, 09:53
Category: Mobile Phone

Motorola ROKR iTunes PhoneThere was a point in time where I carried around three plus electronic devices at a time and loved it – and that was before the invention of the portable MP3 player. Sure, I could be described as a geek, but at times it was part of my job.
Like may people, I have greatly simplified what I like to carry around and an MP3 player has quickly zoomed to the top of that list. Carrying a mobile phone has become a necessity. Carrying around a Palm organizer/PDA has slipped down the list, but staying organized with my calendar and contacts is still a priority. Am I really supposed to carry around three devices in my bag? Arguably, I am a good candidate for one of these devices that combines phone, music, and organization, in that order.
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Mac OS Tones for Your Phone

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Date: Thursday, January 5th, 2006, 08:16
Category: Mobile Phone

Mac OS has collected over 100 original Mac OS sounds and lovingly turned them into MP3 files for your mobile phone. OS X, System 7, eWorld, Newton and more. It’s basically every Mac sound ever plus 70+ custom Mac style ringers ready for your mobile phone. Downloads are free to transfer by Bluetooth. They’re also providing Over The Air (OTA) downloads by WAP Push for compatibility with most phones. They’re charging US$9.95 per month for the ‘over the air’ service.