Tuesday, October 25, 2011

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On 17th October, 2011, RIM announced that they would provide 12 premium apps for free to BlackBerry users to assuage the pain of being without their services for nearly three days. This is an offer that can be availed of in the BlackBerry App World for any compatible device. The list of premium Apps include some decent games and a few productivity Apps. You’ll have to check compatibility with your specific device (and also check if that App is available for your region/country). What we don’t understand is, that some misinformed mainstream journalists have reported that RIM is segregating India by not providing the recompense to Indians through it's network operator partners in India. The actual truth is, before RIM announced this “offer” there were a few (about 3-4 worldwide) network operators (in Europe and South Africa) who offered either money back or 3 days of free service to their customers. Indian network operators such as Airtel, Vodafone, Aircel, Tata Teleservices and Reliance have not come forward with any such operator-specific plans to provide compensation for affected users of BlackBerry devices. We first noticed this article by the Times of India claiming that Indian operators were not providing recompense, then this one appeared from the Deccan Chronicle. If you read these articles, you might easily conclude that RIM is differentiating for its Indian users. By allowing the reader to make this assumption, the journalists have provided free bad press for RIM. Look, we know that the BlackBerry OS (even version 7) can’t really beat iOS or Android or Windows Phone 7 in terms of modern features and ease of use options. We know that RIM is losing market share by the truckload. But there’s simply no reason to “hit a man when he’s down” when you’re leading people to conclude something that's untrue. Seriously, we love RIM for making this offer and we hope the BlackBerry users out there would stop RIM-hating and start downloading the offered apps from the App World. A full list of the free premium apps offered awaits you past the “Read more” link. We should also not that RIM has clearly mentioned in their press release that this is just the start – there may be more premium Apps made available before the end of this promotion on 31st December, 2011. Happy downloading!
List of free premium Apps, provided by RIM from October 19th, 2011 till December 31st, 2011 (this list depends upon region, device compatibility, licensing agreements, etc.)

  • SIMS 3 - Electronic Arts
  • Bejeweled - Electronic Arts
  • N.O.V.A. – Gameloft
  • Texas Hold’em Poker 2 – Gameloft
  • Bubble Bash 2 – Gameloft
  • Photo Editor Ultimate - Ice Cold Apps
  • DriveSafe.ly Pro - iSpeech.org
  • iSpeech Translator Pro - iSpeech.org
  • Drive Safe.ly Enterprise - iSpeech.org
  • Nobex Radio™ Premium – Nobex
  • Shazam Encore – Shazam
  • Vlingo Plus: Virtual Assistant - Vlingo
We have confirmed that atleast two out of the above list, Bubble Bash 2 from Gameloft and DriveSafe.ly Pro from iSpeech.org are currently available for free from the BlackBerry App World. We're guessing RIM will make more Premium apps available as we get closer to that 31st December date. There's a newly created "Thank You Gift" category to keep all these free Premium apps together in the BlackBerry App World. Check out the two currently available apps, and the newly created App category via the links in the More info section.

Source: RIM, Time of India, Deccan Chronicle
More info: DriveSafe.ly Pro, Bubble Bash 2, Category for freely offered Apps


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