News Byte

RIM’s 4G LTE PlayBook to Launch in Canada August 9; Available in U.S. in “Coming Months”

“Later this year” has finally arrived … sort of. Research In Motion announced this morning that its 32 gigabyte, 4G LTE-equipped PlayBook tablet, running BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2 software, will be available through Canadian wireless providers on Aug. 9. No word from RIM on exact price — or on when the device will launch in the U.S., aside from the promise that it will be available in the “coming months.”

ATP Capital Launching New $150 Million Mobile Fund, Changing Name

The company behind the BlackBerry Partners Fund is rebranding itself, launching a new fund and expanding its presence in Silicon Valley.
relayv

Research In Motion Slashes Its Forecast Amid BlackBerry Weakness, Plans Layoffs

After noting several weeks ago that it was in for a rough patch, Research In Motion on Thursday reported quarterly earnings that were mostly in line with lowered estimates, but sales were below even already chopped expectations. RIM slashed its forecast for the remainder of its fiscal year. The company also said it will reduce its workforce in an effort to cut costs.
lazaridis 2

Just in Time for the Weekend, ATT and RIM Announce Executive Departures

AT&T announces its CFO is retiring, while the BlackBerry maker announces its chief marketing officer is leaving for personal reasons. They both thought Friday afternoon might be a good time to let you know this.

News Byte

Rebtel With a Cause: Free Calling on the BlackBerry

Mobile Internet telephony firm Rebtel said on Friday that it is bringing its free international calling service to the BlackBerry. The service, which allows free international calls among more than 50 countries by routing the calls over the Internet, has been available for Android since last March. Rebtel also said it plans to add the free calling feature to the iPhone this spring. “We are committed to bringing innovation into the oligopolistic marketplace to make international calls either free or super-cheap for our customers,” Rebtel CEO Andreas Bernstrom said in a statement. Rebtel’s app automatically notices when an international call is being made and routes the call over its VoIP service, as opposed to making a cellphone call.

Conference Call: RIM Talks to the Street (But Plans to Say Less)

There wasn’t a lot new on RIM’s conference call, but we did learn that the company isn’t expecting tablet revenue anytime during the quarter, which runs through the end of February. Looks like if you had March in the PlayBook launch pool, you are a winner.

Voices

RIMM Launches New BlackBerry App Development Tools

Research In Motion this morning said it has launched an updated set of software development tools for creating apps for the BlackBerry. Kaufman Bros. analyst Shaw Wu writes in a research note that the updated tools “strengthen” BlackBerry’s competitive position in the Apps market.

Voices

Hudson Square Research Launches Palm at Hold, RIM at Buy

Hudson Square Research analyst Daniel Ernst today launched coverage of both Palm and Research in Motion. Ernst started coverage of Palm with a Hold rating, asserting that without a dramatic shift in demand, the company will run out of cash by the end of its May 2011 fiscal year.

Apple: How Do You Say “Eat My Dust” in Finnish?

At 37.9 percent, Nokia’s share of the global handset market is the largest in the industry. Odd then to learn that it is not the most profitable. And odder still to learn that that honor belongs to Apple, which has been in the handset market for just two years.
giantnokia

Econalypse No Deterrent to Smart-Phone Purchases

Given the havoc the econalypse has played with other industries, the smart-phone market is in extraordinarily good shape. Shipments of the devices rose 4.2 percent to 43.3 million globally compared with 41.5 million shipped in third quarter of 2008.
phonethroughwall

Nokia Reorg Actually "Job Rotation"

BlackBerry Cobbler, Anyone?

Shake-Up at Sony Ericsson

RIM to Nortel: WTF?

RIM: Hasta La Visto, Baby

RIM Gains Mobile Browser Share

RIM Takes a Trip to the Woodshed

RIM Snags Dash Navigation