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Balsillie Confirms BlackBerry Storm v2

verizonstormscreenshot We already know that RIM is working on a follow up to the current Storm. On the other hand it is nice to see that CNet got co-CEO Jim Balsillie on record as confirming that it is in the works. It looks like Balsillie is more or less writing the Storm off as a consumer device saying that it will help RIM tap the consumer market.

RIM has mentioned multiple times that over half of their 25 million subscribers are consumers. My problem with that is that RIM has yet to provide regular consumers a solution for synching contacts, calendars, & notes/tasks OTA for a nominal fee. Currently consumers have to pay about $35 extra a month for this considering BES data plans are about $15 more and another $20 for exchange and BES hosting…

Here is to hoping that somebody (Google?) will go behind RIM’s back and use the new Push API to create a poor mans BES for us regular consumers.

via CNet – Thanks to Shvartzberry for sending this one in!

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  1. The poor mans BES… Google Sync: Contacts and calendar… wireless sync…

  2. I use Google Sync for contacts and calendar. I email myself the notes. All is good and backed up.

  3. I think the biggest hold up for BIS folks is the answer to “sync to what?” question. That’s easy to answer for BES users, far from easy for BIS. Yeah, sure, sync to Google you say, but there are a LOT of folks that don’t or won’t use Google (doesn’t Google know enough about you already?) and the chances of a universal/ubiquitous store somewhere in the cloud for us BIS folks are not looking good for any time soon.

  4. What I’m waiting for is a way to manage multiple sources for these things. Like most people, I have a job. I have work contacts. I might have a specific way to sync my work contacts to my BB. Like many others, I also have a life. I have personal contacts. I might need those to sync separately. I don’t like when my personal contacts show up in Outlook at work, nor when my work contacts show up in my personal GMail but they should all find their way to my BB. This shouldn’t be so unique.

    It’s for that reason that Google Sync is no good. It monopolizes the contacts. I was lucky I was smart enough to back up all my contacts before trying it out because Sync just replaced them all. Maybe I’m looking for a solution to an impossible problem.

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