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Are you an iPhone owner who can't make your handset last an entire day without a charge? If so, the new CEO BlackBerry has a little sympathy for you (but only a little), and even a cutesy nickname to go along with it. Read on to find out more about it for yourself, but we can't help feeling like it comes off as a bit of sour grapes, considering BlackBerry sightings are about as rare as Bigfoot these days...
Yahoo sat down with BlackBerry CEO John Chen (pictured above) last week during the Oasis Montgomery conference in Santa Monica, where he had a few choice words for iPhone users. “I call you guys wall huggers,” the executive said, referring to how owners of Apple's smartphones apparently can't reach the end of the day without fleeing to a power outlet in search of a charge. Aside from bashing the competition, Chen also reflected on why he rose to the challenge of guiding BlackBerry after the relative comfort of private equity firm Silver Lake. “I wanted to do something where I could wake up every day and worry... and I have fulfilled my dream," Chen remarked.
There's no rest for T-Mobile US, who announced Friday that the carrier plans to "double down" on 4G LTE data for users of its less-expensive smartphone plans. Apparently in response to AT&T's latest Mobile Share Value plans, T-Mo's base Simple Choice plan has now doubled from 500MB to 1GB for the same $50, 2.5GB to 3GB for $60 or 5GB for $70, each with double the tethering and unlimited international texting. Unfortunately, customers eyeing T-Mobile's unlimited plan will actually wind up paying a little more at $80 per month, a $10 jump which at least doubles the tethering-only data to 5GB for the extra dough. The news plans won't kick in for postpaid customers until March 23, while prepaid and no credit check customers will have to wait until April 26.
Fresh out of an extended two-year beta, Findery for iOS is now available worldwide as a free app from the App Store. The service uses geolocation to allow users to take photos and notes for others to view, which can be a mobile diary of your travels or just interesting places found. For notes tagged as public, other users can favorite or comment on your posts, creating a map-based social network for discovering new places around the world. Both the service and the app are currently free and ready to board new users.
Not to be outdone by T-Mobile's weekend news, AT&T announced Sunday that it's also slashing prices for individual and two-line accounts who can't take advantage of the more generous Mobile Share Value plans announced last month. Effective immediately, a single line of smartphone service has been reduced by $15 per month to only $65, while a pair of lines cost $90, and each come with 2GB of data, unlimited talk and text, 50GB of cloud storage and unlimited international messaging to more than 190 countries. Best of all, there's no annual service contract and customers on existing two-year agreements are also eligible to jump over to this plan. As usual, the only catch is you won't be able to get a subsidized device, but the plan is eligible for AT&T Next early upgrades.
CNET reported Friday that the new mobile streaming music kid on the block now has a public API. Beats Music is ready to see how far developers can go with integrating the service into others, such as Sonos wireless speakers and Bop.fm, a music aggregator. Rivals Spotify and Rdio have successfully expanded their horizons through such APIs, and now Beats Music is hoping to pair its more than 20 million tracks with just about any app or service that would make a great match. "If you're willing to pay $100 a year for music, which in my experience for all the world's music is a tremendous bargain, you should have access to music anywhere you might want it, in your car, house, anywhere," remarked Beats Music Chief Executive Ian C. Rogers.
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