Analyst has Xoom sales at just 300,000 in Q1
Motorola Xoom sales might peak at just 300,000 devices in its first quarter, Morgan Keegan analyst Tavis McCourt said in a research note Friday. Checks saw an average of about two Xooms sold per day at Verizon stores, which led McCourt to the figure. Best Buy wasn't necessarily accounted for and might have added to the total.
RIM starts official BlackBerry trade-up program
RIM hoped to keep more customers loyal on Friday by kickstarting a new BlackBerry trade-up program. The offer lets users swap an existing BlackBerry for as much as $120 towards a newer model, such as a Style or Torch. As with sites like Gazelle, the value depends both on the individual phone and its working state.
We review the BlackBerry Style
After intense pressure on the high end of smartphones, much of the BlackBerry's success in recent months has been at the low end: the Curve is now by far its most popular phone. The BlackBerry Style aims to take that to the next level with a very rare flip phone QWERTY design, BlackBerry 6 and the most advanced hardware in an entry BlackBerry to date. But is it enough to tempt those who would buy a low-end Android device or iPhone instead? Read our BlackBerry Style review to find out.
Sprint CEO Hesse says iPad a boon, odd on iPhone
Sprint has been reaping the rewards of the iPad even without an official deal, carrier chief Dan Hesse said in an interview that also raised eyebrows over iPhone discussions. The CEO noted that most iPads were Wi-Fi versions and that he had seen a boost to sales of the Sierra Wireless Overdrive. The pocket router is good for getting the iPad online away from home, he told GigaOM. It can connect to either 3G or 4G and share its connection with four other devices, none of which are options with the iPad's built-in 3G.
BlackBerry Style coming to Sprint as Oxford
The BlackBerry Style is coming to Sprint. According to BGR, the device temporarily codenamed as the Oxford will be a Sprint-exclusive, but that isn't to say the Style will not be coming to other providers, such as Canada's Bell and Telus. The Style would arrive at Sprint on October 31 in gray.