BlackBerry Buzz — Badda Boom, Badda Bing, on the Storms


blackberry-buzzIt’s Tuesday and that can only mean it’s time for our weekly feature, BlackBerry (s rimm) Buzz. The Buzz is where you’ll find out what’s been going on in the BlackBerry brambles. You’ll hear about everything that’s worth knowing in the awesome world of the BlackBerry.

Microsoft (s msft) is getting serious about Bing — first with a new site optimized for mobile usage and then pushing Bing out to Storm handsets. Owners of the Verizon Storm should see a Bing icon appear at some point, which installs a web app for using the search engine. The app is designed to take advantage of the large touchscreen on the Storm.

You may be getting tired of all the hoopla surrounding the Verizon (s vz) Droid announcement, but it is big news even in the BlackBerry world. Verizon has been a big partner for Research In Motion with the BlackBerry, and analysts are predicting that Big Red will be pushing the hot Droid over the BlackBerry line. RIM shares dropped in price, due to the quiet Verizon launch of the Storm2, according to Deutsche Bank. It will certainly be worth watching to see what Verizon does with the BlackBerry line once the Droid is shipping.

Speaking of Big Red, they are not resting on the Droid and the Storm2. Rumor has it the Curve2 will be launched on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving in the U.S. When asked why it is bombarding customers with so many smartphone choices, Verizon’s response was classic — “best network, best smartphones.”



Yup, got the icon today. Just for giggles, I opened the icon, clicked on “I do not agree” (yes, I know that was unnecessary) then moved the icon to a new hidden folder I’ve created on my Storm: Verizon’s B*t. It joins a lively bunch of sales pitches disguised as service books such as: VZNavigator (I’ve got GMaps for that), Visual Voicemail ($3.99 to let me know that someone called and left a VM? Thanks, but GVoice transcribes them for me, for free), and VCast/Slacker (considering the Storm is definitely the most Linux-friendly phone I’ve owned, it’s quite simple to throw all my music on my phone).

Richard Ward

CDMA iPhone in the United States, please.

I see Droid going far for Verizon with the BlackBerry crowd that use one because it’s “cool.”

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