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Blackberry Curve Build Out

Blackberry Curve 8530 from Koodo MobileOn the 27th I went to Best Buy to take a look at DSLR’s on sale.  I didn’t see any DSLRs but while I was there, I saw that Koodo had dropped their price on Blackberry Curves to $150 and no contract.  I had thought about getting a LG Rumor 2 this year but after looking into it, we decided to get the Curve.  I had been quite happy with Virgin but I have had technical problems with my account for two years and it was getting worse.  While Virgin’s tech support and customer service staff have been really helpful, they still could not fix the problem so I finally decided to make the move.

Blackberry by RIMI took the phone home and started to set it up.  Here is how I put it together.

The first thing I did was get my Curve set up to our wifi connection in the house.  That wasn’t working that well.  Then I realized my router was about a billion years old (it was a 801b router) and it needed an upgrade.  Since my new router was on my desk, it was pretty easy to upgrade.  The Curve, my iPod Touch, and our notebook suddenly worked a lot faster.  I upgraded my old router’s firmware and will give it Computers for Kids and if they don’t want it, it can go to SARCAN.

Here is are the apps that made their way onto it over the last couple of days.

Utilities

Social Networks

  • foursquare app for the BlackberryFoursquare | It doesn’t yet use wifi but it allows you to check in and out all over the place.  It’s one of those apps that doesn’t make sense until you use it and then you love it.
  • Twitter | Umm, it’s one of the main reasons why I upgraded to a Blackberry.
  • Facebook (one the off chance for some reason I need to actually log in sometime… maybe in 2012)
  • Flickr | It’s an uploader that uploads my camera phone shots to Flickr.  It rather annoyingly resizes them but I’ll deal with that later.

News and Sports

Am I missing anything?  Let me know in the comments.

Ping!

Ping! for iPod Touch and iPhone Wendy and I have become big fans of Ping! for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

My Blackberry loving friends love their Blackberry Messenger which allows for free real time messenging between Blackberry devices.  They love to taunt use Apple users with it.

Sadly the iPhone and iPod Touch has nothing like it… until now when I found Ping!, it’s a new app available for the iPhone and is the equivalent to the much-loved Blackberry Messenger. It is made by the creator who was  behind PushGmail, Ping! is a fast and free SMS like service that notifies the user of incoming messages even when his or her iPhone is inactive and it’s all for free.

If you have a iPod Touch or a iPhone, you can try out the free app.  There is a paid app which is only 99 cents.  I upgraded Wendy and I without even thinking about it.  I have lived through a lot of cutting edge services (GeoCities, Blogger, Twitter) going down and I expect there may be some bad days ahead for Ping! but you never know and  I hope for the best.  Until then, let’s enjoy the service, it looks like a fun and useful one.

If you feel like giving us a Ping!, you can find me at jordoncooper and Wendy at wendycooper (we aren’t exactly creative on the usernames).