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South Africa’s youth choose BlackBerry as ‘Coolest Brand’ for 2nd year running

Press Release:  South Africa – South Africa’s youth has once again named BlackBerry® as the ‘Coolest Brand Overall’ in the Sunday Times Generation Next 2012 Brand Survey Awards. The BlackBerry brand also topped the ‘Coolest Cellphone’ and ‘Coolest High-Tech Gadget’ categories for the second year running. The results of the eighth annual Generation Next Brand Survey Awards were announced at

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RIM Launches BlackBerry Bold 9790 and Curve 9380 on Vodacom

Things are going to get interesting overseas as Vodacom and RIM announced the launch of the new BlackBerry Bold 9790 and BlackBerry Curve 9380 smartphones in South Africa today, February 21, 2012 on the Vodacom network. It’s these models such as the Curve that bring superior handest quality at a great price that makes BlackBerry thrive in international markets. With the Curve 9380 being a full touch screen and running os7 along with a  high-end “Bold” at a great price, it’s a no brainer that these models will be high sellers for RIM, at least that’s what we hope! Continue reading for the full release.

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Vodacom and RIM to Work Together for Data Compromise

Earlier this week the South African Telecom provider Vodacom issued a statement that it plans to cap BlackBerry data due to a few rotten apples hogging up data with reports to showing 310GB in data downloads in a month for a single user. Vodacom is now working with RIM to identify and take action against users who abuse the BlackBerry internet service, say reports. “In the last couple of months we’ve seen an increasing number of complaints from BlackBerry and when we looked at it, we found a very small number were downloading masses of data,” executive head of media relations at Vodacom, Richard Boorman, told News24.

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BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet Launches in South Africa

South Africa and Waterloo, ON – Vodacom Group Limited and Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced that the BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet is now available in South Africa from Vodacom. The BlackBerry PlayBook features an ultra-portable design and delivers industry leading performance, uncompromised web browsing with support for Adobe® Flash®, true multitasking, HD multimedia, advanced security features, out-of-the-box enterprise support and a robust development environment. The BlackBerry PlayBook will come in three Wi-Fi® models, featuring 16 GB, 32 GB or 64 GB of memory storage. “We’re excited to make the BlackBerry Playbook available to customers through Vodacom outlets countrywide,” says Vodacom’s Managing Executive – Sales, Zunaid Dinath. “With its set of features, portability and power, the BlackBerry PlayBook is an ideal companion for busy people on the move.” Says Craige Fleischer, regional director for Southern Africa at RIM: “We’re pleased to bring South African customers an innovative and truly portable tablet which delivers uncompromised performance and a fantastic mobile experience for both consumers and business users. With its exceptional multimedia and Web functionality, as well as its support for true multitasking, this is the tablet that discerning users have been waiting for.” BlackBerry PlayBook specifications

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First Time Developer Wins a Trip to DevCon as App Master, Says Tablet Dev is the Future

A story like this rarely gets media exposure but yet proves the value in RIM, makers of the BlackBerry. A citizen of South Africa has won the PlayBook dev award for his Salon Queen app which is designed to grow a business and assist in retaining customers, a vision Diedericks had. What really makes this story special is that this is Diedericks’ first time in developing an app from scratch and according to him, “There’s a big future for tablets because it’s such a new technology. The PlayBook is a bit easier for me. BlackBerry has made it a bit easier for developers with the tools they provide; they’ve really opened it up wide,”

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BlackBerry Travel App Now Available In South Africa

According to reports, RIM’s native Super App, BlackBerry Travel is now available for use and access for BlackBerry subscribers in South Africa. If you’re unfamiliar with Travel, it’s a must-have tool for travelers, offering convenient push notifications and seamless integration of travel itineraries, profiles, and flight status updates into the familiar BlackBerry Calendar,” said Jim Tobin, Senior Vice President, Software and Services at RIM. Within BlackBerry Travel expect to find:

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Press Release: BlackBerry Solution Now Available from 8ta for Customers in South Africa

South African BlackBerry enthusiasts, RIM and partners have announced that the BlackBerry solution is now available across 8ta outlets in South Africa. As an incentive, users will get free mobile YouTube streaming of up to 500MB per month. “We are pleased to work with 8ta to offer the BlackBerry solution to customers in South Africa,” says Deon Liebenberg, Managing Director for Africa at RIM. “BlackBerry smartphones deliver a powerful and unique mobile experience, allowing users to stay easily connected to people and information while on the move.” At launch 8ta will offer the BlackBerry® Curve™ 3G and BlackBerry® Curve™ 8520 smartphones. Soon thereafter, the BlackBerry® Bold™ 9780 and BlackBerry® Torch™ 9800 smartphones will also be offered. More for full press release>

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The Average Gamer

Gamers, search no more. The Average Gamer is a new blog dedicated to games technology and random news. The founder is one of BBE’s guest bloggers, Hento, all the way from South Africa. Join the new kid on the block as he breaks down today’s hottest video games and more. Scope out the site from your personal computer or use your smartphone as the blog is now mobile friendly. To get going visit theaveragegamer.co.za now

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8tA Delivers Into South Africa’s Mobile Industry as 4th Network Operator?

8ta -SA’s fourth network operator A few weeks ago Telkom (Telecommunication provider for South Africa) Launched 8ta(Heita!) South Africa’s fourth mobile network operator. Their aim? To shake up SA’s Mobile industry….And they delivered! The pricing doesn’t look bad at all. •For calls to other people its 150 cents per min based on a flat rate anytime of day, with no peak/off-peak time. •If a customer sends five sms’s a day 8ta would provide 50 bonus sms’s at no charge , At All! •Only 250 cents to more than 100 international destinations •Only 25 Cent per Mb when you purchase a bundle •For every 3 min that someone spends calling you , you get 1 min free

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RIM Announces BlackBerry Pearl 3G Smartphone in South Africa

South Africa and Waterloo, ON – Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced the new BlackBerry® Pearl™ 3G (model 9105), the smallest BlackBerry® smartphone yet. The new smartphone will soon be available from MTN and Vodacom for customers in South Africa.* While checking out the BlackBerry official site, I  ran across this post . RIM has Announced the New BlackBerry Pearl 3G Smartphone in South Africa. The model is going to be the Pearl 9105 and features a 14-key traditional phone keyboard which uses SureType.The BlackBerry Pearl 3G will come with OS5 but just as the Curve 3G is, it will be BlackBerry 6 ready. The new smartphone will soon be available from MTN and Vodacom for customers in South Africa.* Key features of the new BlackBerry Pearl 3G smartphone include: • Elegant candybar design measuring 108mm x 50 mm x 13.3 mm and weighing only 93 grams • 624 Mhz processor with 256 MB Flash memory • 360×400 sharp-resolution display (238 ppi) • Optical trackpad that makes navigation fast and smooth, plus a comfortable keyboard that enables quick and accurate typing • Media player for videos, pictures and music (music plays up to 30 hours), plus dedicated media keys integrated along top of the handset • 3.2 MP camera with zoom, autofocus, flash and video recording** • Built-in GPS for location-based applications such as BlackBerry® Maps, as well as photo geotagging • Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n) – first BlackBerry smartphone to support ‘n’ • microSD/SDHD memory card slot that supports up to 32 GB cards • Premium phone features, including voice activated dialing, speakerphone and Bluetooth® (2.1) with support for hands-free headsets, stereo headsets, car kits (including systems that support the emerging Bluetooth Message Access Profile standard) and other Bluetooth accessories • Access to BlackBerry App World™, featuring a broad and growing catalog of mobile applications developed specifically for BlackBerry …

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