BlackBerry to team up with Bing, coming to Meteor prepay customers

3 May 2011

Microsoft and RIM have teamed up to make Bing the default maps and search option on BlackBerry devices.

According to reports, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer made an appearance at BlackBerry World 2011 to announce the partnership.

Bing search and maps will be integrated into BlackBerry’s OS and the first devices running them will appear in time for Christmas.

Ballmer also said Microsoft would “invest uniquely in the BlackBerry platform.” It will also push the BlackBerryEnterprise Server to its clients.

Both RIM and Microsoft are facing stiff smartphone competition from Apple and Google and this deal could be one way to fight back.

Microsoft previously completed a deal with Nokia to make Windows Phone 7 the mobile phone company’s primary operating system.

BlackBerry for Meteor Pay As You Go customers

Separately, Meteor announced it will expand its range of BlackBerry devices to its prepay customers.

Meteor Pay As You Go customers who sign up can avail of a three months free offer, including free BlackBerry Messenger, Push Email, web browsing and access to free and paid apps through BlackBerry App World, which normally retails at €9.99 per month.

Meteor has also released a pink version of the BlackBerry Curve 8520.

Prices start at €129.99 for new and existing customers who pre-registered and €139.99 online for all new and upgrading customers.