• BlackBerry KEYone Android smartphone goes on sale July at $899

    Calling all BlackBerry enthusiasts – your next phone is about to land in Australia. The BlackBerry KEYone will be available from July at JB HiFi stores for $899 on outright purchase. However there's no word as yet on which mobile networks will add the Android-powered KEYone to their line-...

    POSTED 1 Jun, 2017 6 Comments

  • BlackBerry's Android 'Priv' smartphone set for Australian release

    BlackBerry's new Android-powered Priv smartphone finally sees an Australian release this week, with Optus offering the slim slider across a range of business and personal plans. Packages start at $67/month with 1.5GB of data through to $100/month with 12GB and a whopping 18GB at $130/month &ndas...

    POSTED 3 Feb, 2016 1 Comment

  • Virgin Australia to release BlackBerry app

    Virgin Australia will release a BlackBerry version of its Flight Specials App next week, following the success of its iPhone and Android apps. A Virgin Australia spokesman confirmed to Australian Business Traveller that the new app is scheduled to appear in the BlackBerry World&nb...

    POSTED 19 Mar, 2013 4 Comments

  • When your smartphone breaks overseas, who you gonna call?

    There are few items more vital to the business traveller than the smartphone -- and when it stops working, it's a major inconvenience. Here's the bad news: if your mobile goes toes-up while you're overseas, you're almost certainly stuck up the smartphone creek without a paddle. Mobile...

    POSTED 8 Feb, 2012 3 Comments

  • The man behind TripIt: Michael Eberhard

    Michael Eberhard is a frequent flyer's frequent flyer… each year he travels 300,000 miles, criss-crossing between Australia, the US, Asia, India, New Zealand and abroad. He is also the Executive Vice President of Concur, which makes smartphone apps and services including TripIt -- a marke...

    POSTED 10 Oct, 2011 1 Comment

  • New Marriott smartphone apps for iPhone/iPad, BlackBerry, Android

    Marriott has fleshed out its suite of hotel apps for iPhone/iPad, Android and Blackberry, which let business travellers find hotels, make reservations, check Rewards points and manage upcoming bookings. It's great to see a hotel focussing on the BlackBerry and Android market in addition to iPhon...

    POSTED 13 Sep, 2011 0 Comments

  • 2-for-1 deal on unlimited data roaming SIM

    IN BRIEF | Heading to Asia for a short trip? There's a good deal on a roaming SIM card that could save you even more money than usual.  Bridge Alliance -- a consortium of mobile networks in the region -- is offering a good promotion on its Bridge AsiaRoam DataSIM cards for American Express ...

    POSTED 17 Aug, 2011 0 Comments

  • Optus announces BlackBerry Bold 9900 pricing

    UPDATE | Optus has today confirmed pricing for these two new BlackBerries -- the Bold 9900 (as noted below, the first BlackBerry in a classic fixed keyboard + screen form factor to have a touchscreen) will be available for nothing upfront on a $79 monthly plan. The Torch 9860 will cost nothing u...

    POSTED 5 Aug, 2011 0 Comments

  • Star Alliance mobile site on iPad, iPhone & iPod Touch: reviewed

    This morning we're taking a good hard look at the mobile and app-based offerings from the three major airline alliances.  Star Alliance, the most wide-ranging of the three major alliances, has the most airline members too: Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air New Zeala...

    POSTED 22 Jul, 2011 0 Comments

  • The oneworld alliance app for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch: reviewed

    Today, we're taking a look at the iPhone, smartphone and iPad apps on offer from the three main airline alliances.  The oneworld alliance is the smallest of the three major airline groupings, but since Qantas is a member it's probably the most relevant to Australians. Airline members are A...

    POSTED 22 Jul, 2011 0 Comments

  • SkyTeam alliance app for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch reviewed

    We're taking a look at all of the apps and mobile sites on offer from the major airline alliances.  SkyTeam is the second largest of the three alliances, and its members are Aeroflot, Aeromexico, Air Europa, Air France, Alitalia, China Southern, Czech Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Kenya Airway...

    POSTED 22 Jul, 2011 0 Comments

  • Reviewed: Star Alliance, oneworld, SkyTeam apps and mobile site

    The three airline alliances -- Star Alliance, SkyTeam and oneworld -- all offer a tailored mobile site or app for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch iOS devices, plus in some cases BlackBerry, Nokia and Android handhelds too.  After looking at the offerings earlier in the year, we've re-review...

    POSTED 22 Jul, 2011 0 Comments

  • PowerSkins: battery extenders for HTC, Samsung, Blackberry phones

    One of the most annoying aspects of travelling is running out of battery on your smartphone just when you really need it -- when checking emails just after getting off a long flight, or trying to access maps in a foreign city. iPhone users have had a good range of options to bump up their batter...

    POSTED 8 Jul, 2011 0 Comments

  • Travel tech: BlackBerry PlayBook joins the tablet tsunami

    Vodafone is the first Aussie mobile carrier out of the gate with the 7 inch BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, which it will bundle with BlackBerry smartphones on capped voice+data plans starting from $59 per month. The PlayBook and BlackBerry Bold 9780 combo, tied to Vodafone’s $49 Cap Plan...

    POSTED 24 Jun, 2011 0 Comments

  • New BlackBerry app finds nearest Priority Pass airport lounge via GPS

    Members of global airport lounge network Priority Pass can now find information on local lounges using a new BlackBerry app. The app follows a few months after the Priority Pass iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad apps, and lets business travellers find their nearest lounge using GPS or a search functio...

    POSTED 17 Jun, 2011 0 Comments

  • RIM releases free BlackBerry Travel app in Australia (hint: it's WorldMate Gold, for free)

    BlackBerry maker RIM has released its free BlackBerry Travel app to Australian users. This exceptionally handy app is actually the long-established WorldMate app, purchased by RIM and re-released free of charge. The killer feature of WorldMate is the ability to forward an itinerary confirmation ...

    POSTED 26 May, 2011 0 Comments

  • iPad 2 vs Android 3: the 10 best new tablets for travellers

    Trying to choose between an iPad 2 and one of the many great Android-based tablets out there? We've surveyed the field and analysed what the top 10 tablets have to offer business travellers. Clearly, a good web browser and email client is essential — and all the different tablet platforms ...

    POSTED 11 May, 2011 1 Comment

  • BlackBerry ripe for flat-rate global roaming

    OPINION | An interesting article popped up in Australian Business Traveller's news feed this afternoon -- Indonesian telco XL is offering flat-fee global roaming for BlackBerry customers in 11 countries, including Australia. For customers travelling to Australia, it has struck a deal with Telstr...

    POSTED 9 May, 2011 6 Comments

  • Free "Find my BlackBerry" app now available

    BlackBerry users can now get an iPhone-style "Find my BlackBerry" app free of charge. BlackBerry Protect is a free application from BlackBerry maker Research in Motion, and allows users to wirelessly backup, restore and locate their BlackBerry. If you lose your handset, you can log in to a webs...

    POSTED 19 Apr, 2011 0 Comments

  • BlackBerry PlayBook 'business-class' tablet launches April 19 from $499

    The much-anticipated BlackBerry PlayBook tablet will make its worldwide debut on April 19 in the USA and Canada, before spreading to other countries – including Australia – by mid-year. Prices for the 7 inch tablet – which runs a bespoke version of the BlackBerry OS instead of ...

    POSTED 23 Mar, 2011 0 Comments

  • Top 5 places to plug in your iPhone or laptop in an airport

    Business travellers appreciate access to airline lounges for power to charge their laptop, iPhone, BlackBerry and other gadgets as much as they do the free food and drink -- even if the design of the charging stations sometimes leaves much to be desired. However, if you're not flying in business...

    POSTED 1 Mar, 2011 0 Comments

  • New SIM card offers unlimited data roaming in Asia

    UPDATE | The Bridge AsiaRoam Data SIM package is being withdrawn as of December 31, 2012 – see our story here for more details. PREVIOUS | Last week, we detailed Tru's new mobile network that spans three countries, doing away with global roaming fees altogether. This week, there's mo...

    POSTED 22 Feb, 2011 6 Comments

  • BlackBerry Tip of the Week

    Get your week off to a super-productive start with Australian Business Traveller's BlackBerry Tip of the Week, first thing every Monday morning! And these are just the 'tip' of the productivity iceberg, with more great tricks to be found on Twitter via @BlackberryHelp. Sync your BlackBerry ...

    POSTED 14 Feb, 2011 0 Comments

  • Battery drained? How to improve your BlackBerry battery life

    Getting messages on your BlackBerry like "Battery too low for radio use" or "Battery drained. Shutting down handheld"? A few simple tips can make that a much less frequent occurrence. BlackBerry handsets have always been known for their good battery life -- and likely will remain among the best,...

    POSTED 8 Feb, 2011 0 Comments

  • BlackBerry app of the week: Virgin Blue Check-Mate

    While Qantas offers a mobile check-in service that's designed to work with all web-enabled smartphones, Virgin Blue has gone down the handset-specific app route. Its BlackBerry app is dubbed Virgin Blue Check-Mate. You can book, manage and check-in for flights across the Virgin Blue airlines g...

    POSTED 26 Jan, 2011 0 Comments

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