AT&T Offering Sale Prices on BlackBerry Z10, Q10 and Curve 9360

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AT& T is offering the Z10 for 99 cents on a two year contract with a voice and data plan. For the same terms and period the Curve 9360 and Q10, are available for, respectively, $19.99 and $199.99.

You can get an amazing BlackBerry Z10 and/or one of the other phones here:

http://www.att.com/shop/wireless/devices/blackberry.html

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Netflix vs. HuluPlus vs. Amazon (Prime) Instant Video

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Netflix has the largest library by far of the 3 main streaming services. I have had Netflix for a few years, and I am reasonably happy with device availability: on my Wii, on my Samsung SmartTV and also on my BlackBerry Z10, as an android side-load:

https://pfcsystems.wordpress.com/2013/03/12/older-android-version-of-netflix-available-for-blackberry-z10/

I like the size and variety of the library. It includes international films, gritty independent dramas, along side the usual USA fair, both from film and television. There is the usual variety of genres: comedy, drama, suspense, action, and documentaries. There is original content that is worth watching, with the latest offerings such as “Orange is The New Black”, “House of Cards” and the continuation of  “Arrested Development”.  I like being able to watch past series I missed and being able to do so in marathon watches, one or a few a day until I see them all, before watching another series.  Like Amazon Instant Video, I like that there are no commercials during my viewing unlike HuluPlus.

I have had HuluPlus for a few weeks, and I have already decided to cancel.  I cannot stand having to wait through commercials for content I have paid for; it is like going to the movies and having to watch product placement ads.  The library is smaller then Netfflix, but, allegedly bigger than Amazon.  Although HuluPlus is supposed to offer current series playback, I don’t find that to be true for most shows I want to see, like “Dexter” (exclusive to Showtime, CBS), “Hannibal” (on NBC).  In my book this is false advertising! Some of the current shows are only available on the web, which means that I have to watch them on my PC, as my PlayBook cannot have access to the web streaming, as it is blocked by HuluPlus. I got HuluPlus  to watch the “Downton Abbey” series on my Wii and Samsung TV.  I have subsequently purchased a micro-HDMI to HDMI cable to hook up my BlackBerry PlayBook to the large TV, and now I have Amazon Instant Video available by streaming it to my TV from the PlayBook web browser.  Amazon Video has all three seasons of  “Downton Abbey”, whereas HuluPlus had only the first two seasons. Netflix lost the rights to streaming this show, before I could get through season 1.  I have found that Amazon Video and Netflix together allow me to watch what I want, commercial free, on demand and Amazon Instant Video will let me purchase the most recent series content, not yet available on Netflix or even HuluPlus. Subscribing to Amazon Prime offers many free series, movies and documentaries on demand, on Amazon Instant Video. One can also purchase or rent series and movies on Amazon Instant Video.

Both HuluPLus and Netflix block the PlayBook web browser, but the TV has apps for those two services as does the Wii.  On my Wii I hate the resolution of text and other content displayed by the HuluPlus app, although it is fine on my 46″ Samsung SmartTV.  The Amazon Instant Video is also available as an app on the Wii, as is Netflix, both of which have better resolution and text entry when it comes to filtering through the available content. Amazon Instant Video does not have an app on my Samusng TV, so I use the PlayBook browser, as mentioned above.

I am about to get rid of cable to save money, as I really do not seem to have the time or patience for the content available.  With all the channels, I still find myself being bored with the viewing options, at any given time.  Even with the “Prime” cable channels,  that play the same movies endlessly on multiple channels. All I want is a solid internet provider, and if FIOS insists that I need the cable, I will discontinue it and get a T-Mobile dedicated hotspot at 4G or the “Clear” service.  I will keep Netflix and Amazon Prime/Instant Video  for my “TV” viewing and movie viewing as well.  I can also watch movies on CinemaNow and/or Vudu that may be available at higher HD resolution or not on either Netflix or Amazon Instant Video.  I will get a HD converter box and antenna to get my local stations for free to watch the news and sports.  I need to make a better effort on this front.  Comment below if you have any suggestions for getting the “free” local stations, old school, over the air, and a good internet provider not obligating one to purchase anything else!

Priced To Move: BlackBerry Z10

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If you have been holding back on a Z10 or did not want to spend much to give the new OS a whirl, now is your chance to get a new BlackBerry phone. The device previously sold for $199 with a new two-year contract, on AT&T and Verizon.  T-Mobile has it for $99 with their new plan. Now Amazon is offering the Z10 at $49 price with a two-year contract. Meanwhile, Best Buy has matched Amazon’s $49 price for the Verizon version of the Z10, however, the AT&T version is actually available for free at Best Buy. Verizon and AT&T cut the price of the Z10 to $99.99 with a two-year activation. Unfortunately, we don’t know how long these promotions will last. It appears that with the new Q10 just out and the Q5 also now available, it was time to adjust the price on the Z10, especially with the new A10 rumored to be on sale in the next couple of months. A BlackBerry spokesperson maintains that “now is the right time to adjust the price” as newer models are coming.

The device sells for about $700 without a contract.

Android Port Of British Airways App Now Available Z10 and Q10

The Android port of the British Airways app is now available of BlackBerry World.  Many legacy devices run the app and so will the Z10 Q10/5 devices.  Since the screen size for the Q10 and Q5 are similar, all Q10 apps will automatically run on the Q5 devices without loss of data display due to a smaller screen.  From the BlackBerry World site:

Full Description

Welcome to British Airways for BlackBerry®   Now you can stay one step ahead as our app guides you smoothly through each stage of your journey wherever you are. The British Airways app gives you instant access to live information about your upcoming flights, has full integration with your Executive Club details, adds your bookings into your BlackBerry calendar and you can even use your BlackBerry® as a boarding pass.  

 

Features:

– Dynamic home page and mobile boarding passes Get useful information about your next flight including live departure time and gate numbers (from Heathrow Terminal 5). With just one click, you can access your mobile boarding pass which lets you go from security right through to the plane using just your BlackBerry® . See ba.com/apps for the full list of routes accepting the mobile boarding pass. 

-My flights Review your upcoming flight bookings and add them to your BlackBerry® calendar.

You can also receive calendar alerts when check-in is open for your flight.  

-Executive club Easy access to information about your Tier Points, BA Miles, and Executive Club details. Silver and Gold members also get easy access to the Wi-Fi passwords for our lounges. 

-Flight information Find live arrival or departure times for any flight in the next eight days. 

-Timetables Access the British Airways worldwide timetable.  

 

You can also check in on your mobile phone, see worldwide contact numbers and the latest British Airways travel news.  Everyone can use the British Airways app, but for the best experience log in to your Executive Club account. You can join the Executive Club for free on ba.com.

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Instructions
  • Required Device Software
  • Operating System: 4.5.0 or higher
    BB10 Smartphone: 10.0.0 or higher