BrightBytes™: Color BlackBerry, Battery Kit, and More

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Color BlackBerry 7210 Available from AT&T

Earlier this week, T-Mobile began offering Research in Motion’s first wireless handheld with a color screen, the BlackBerry 7210. AT&T has also announced that it will be carrying this device. It is charging $450 for the handheld and wireless’ data plans start at $40 per month. Optional voice calling plans start at $20 per month. Customers can learn more, or purchase this device, at AT&T’s web site.

The 7210 has a color screen and an integrated keyboard. It runs on GSM/GPRS networks and delivers email, voice, SMS, browser, and organizer applications. It includes 16 MB of memory, a rechargeable and swappable lithium battery, and USB connectivity. It is 4.5 inches long, 2.9 inches wide, and 0.83 inches thick (11.4 by 7.4 by 2.1 cm). It weighs about 4.8 ounces (136 g).

Special Offers From Palm

This weekend only, Palm is offering two special deals with the purchase of a Palm OS handheld. Purchasers of the Palm Zire 71 will receive a free 64 MB SD Expansion Card Plus (with FilePoint and SplashClock). Purchasers of the Palm Tungsten T2 will receive a free aluminum hard case, a $39.95 value. For more information, please visit the Palm Store web site.

New Kit Increases the Battery Life of Pocket PC Phone

T-Mobile Pocket PC Phone Pocket PC Techs is now offering a Hi-Capacity Do-It-Yourself Li-Ion Battery kit for the HTC/O2 XDA/T-Mobile Pocket PC Phone. The standard battery is 1500 mAH, while the Hi-Capacity battery included with this kit is 1800 mAH. Due to some improvements made to the battery interface circuitry, Pocket PC Techs is expecting a 25-40% average increase in runtime.

The kits include detailed, fully-illustrated instructions and all the tools and components needed to update the battery. Pocket PC Techs fully tests the capacity of each battery before it is shipped.

Potential customers should be aware that installing this kit/upgrade voids the warranty on the unit.

This kit costs $119. More information is available at the Pocket PC Techs web site.

Last Bell Now Available For Palm OS Handhelds

Last Bell is a student scheduling program that enables students to track all of their classes on their Palm OS device. Last Bell is compatible with HW Diary, an application designed to track student homework assignments and enhance communication between parents and teachers with a signature feature. Each program costs $9.95 to register. For more information or a free trial, please visit the Varibyte web site.

Win a Handheld from McDonald’s

McDonald’s is giving away handhelds with built-in Wi-Fi as part of a sweepstakes to highlight its new in-store wireless networking service. The fast-food giant is now offering the service in selected stores in Chicago, New York, and San Francisco. Those in New York and San Francisco can win a Palm Tungsten C, while those on Chicago can win a Toshiba e750

Wi-Fi service in McDonald’s is free during the month of August and at $2.99 a day thereafter.

Get the details on how to register to win the Tungsten C or e750 at the McD Wireless web site.

Pocket Tunes 2.0 Released for Palm OS 5 Devices

Pocket Tunes 2.0 is a audio player for most Palm OS 5 devices. Major new features include bookmarks, an automatic bookmarking option, and cross fading. These new features are available in the new Deluxe version, which is also a free upgrade for currently registered version 1.xx owners.

It is compatible with the Palm Zire 71, Tungsten T and T2, Tungsten C, Handspring Treo 600, and Sony Clie UX50.

The Basic version is available for $12.95, while the Deluxe version costs $19.95. Both versions include free technical support for one year. For a free 15 day trial or for more information, visit the Pocket Tunes web site.

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