Wednesday, August 13, 2008

New OS for BlackBerry 8100, 8120, 8130, 8310, 8320 & 8330

Here are the links for OS and for BlackBerry devices:

Pearl 8100:

Pearl 8120:

Pearl 8130:

Curve 8310:

Curve 8320:

Curve 8330:

Of course you know the disclaimer: if you break it - you are on your own :)

Sunday, August 10, 2008

The one phone call I should have not picked up

I wanted to share a crazy story that happened to me last week. Around 1AM E.T. here in Miami - when my cell phone rang.

The dialog below is a fair reconstitution of the facts:

Me – Allo.

The Girl – hello
Me – who is this? Jenny?

The Girl – no. Who are you?

Me – allo. Is this a joke? Who is this?

The Girl – you don’t know me.

Me – Listen Lady, Its late, I’m tired and don’t have any time for this kind of BS
The Girl – Wait. Let me explain!! I don’t know who you are and you don’t know me but your number is not random it belongs to my husband.

Me – well obviously you dialed a wrong number as I AM NOT your husband.

The Girl – I know – my husband died in car crash last year. I keep hoping he will answer his phone. So I called!


Me – I’m sorry for your loss. But I don’t see how I can help you.

The Girl – can you tell me your name?

Me – Florian

The Girl – can I call you Tim?

Me – I feel very uncomfortable continuing this conversation. What happened to you is dramatic and you need to speak with someone that can help you. Myself I can’t do much.

The Girl – Thank you. You are very patient. It reminds me Tim.

Since then – I can’t sleep. Very disturbing phone call. I wish this girl a lot of strength to recover from her tragedy.

PS: One thing I learned - better not answer unknown calls in the middle of the night.

Saturday, August 09, 2008

TwitterFone V2 up and running

It has been an amazing week. First we got TwitterFone V2 featured on TechCrunch with a nice demo of Michael Arrington himself :) and second we finally have a commercial packet Data version on CelTrek SIM cards.
Pat Phelan, David Marcus, Sean O Sullivan and Ivan MacDonald are great guys to work with. Perfect harmony in productivity - best possible mixture.
Here is a short video of what you can expect from TwitterFone V2.

Below formal press release:

Twitterfone becomes more social, outlines expansion plans

Twitterfone, the service that allows you to call/phone in your message to twitter has announced new add-ons to their popular service.

The new additions to Twitterfone now allow people to listen to the last 10 messages from their friends all via their phone and directly respond to these messages or send a private message their followers.

Speaking about the new changes, Twitterfone CEO Pat Phelan said:
“The main feature request from users was the ability to not just speak to Twitter but also to listen to their friends’ Twitter messages via their phone. So I’m very pleased that Twitterfone now enables two and multi-way conversations on Twitter using any phone while you’re on the move.”

Twitterfone doesn’t need to be installed on a phone, does not need to be downloaded from the iTunes Appstore and can be used on any mobile phone on the planet. You don’t even need a screen! It’s the most accessible interface for the Twitter service.

On future expansions Phelan added:
“We’ve received a huge amount of feedback from our hyper-enthused users and we hope to provide them with what they want and we’ll be seeking some outside funding to do this. Twitterfone has become something much more than the proof of concept we initially launched.
We’re really excited about the relationship we have with our users and how we’re building a better product together.

* About *
Twitterfone Inc is privately owned Twitterfone is a US corporation with operations in the USA and Ireland. Its shareholders come from a mix of technological and telecoms background. Pat Phelan of MAXroam, Florian Seroussi of Global Roaming, David Marcus of Echovox (Zong) and Sean O Sullivan/Ivan MacDonald of Dial2Do.

* Using Twitterfone v2*
How the new Twitterfone magic happens:

You dial the TwitterFone number, press 1 and now you’ll hear your friends last 10 tweets from your home page. Simple.

Replies and Private messages? No problem:

While listening to a tweet from a user, you can send an @ to them by just pressing 2 and recording your reply. Likewise you can send them a private d message by pressing 3.

* Twitterfone Statistics: *
Twitterfone is currently available in 18 countries and will expand to many more in coming months.
Over 20,000 people have signed up to Twitterfone since it launched in May.