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RIM launches NFC-driven BlackBerry Music Gateway

RIM launches NFC-driven BlackBerry Music Gateway

01 May 2012

Stream music via NFC from our phone to your audio system

We're not sure of anything 'big' is going to come out of the BlackBerry World event. Yesterday we heard that no new phones were scheduled to launch, but what about other BlackBerry-related product? Well, the BlackBerry Music Gateway is one such launch.

It's about music, specifically harnessing the music on your phone. Rather than simply using Bluetooth to stream music, this new gadget can use NFC to stream music to an audio system from a distance of around 30ft. Your BlackBerry can then operate as a remote for that music via your audio kit.

It's an interesting concept, not least because it shows what NFC can do - it's not just about mobile payments. On the downside, you'll need a BlackBerry with NFC to use it, which is currently restricted to the Bold 9790 or Curve 9360 / 9380. That's unlikely to be the case as the months progress though.

If you want one, it's just gone on sale in the US for around $50. A UK price to follow.

And do not forget that you can KEEP your existing mobile phone number if you decide to switch mobile phone operators. All you need is your PAC code. Use our handy tool on PACcodes.co.uk to obtain your PAC code.

 

 

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What is a PAC code?

A porting authorisation code, or PAC code, allows you to transfer your existing mobile phone number from to another mobile phone provider so that if you change mobile phone networks you do not have to give everyone a new number... You can keep your existing mobile phone number. The process is termed mobile number portability, or number porting. It's quick, FREE and very easy to do - follow the instructions here for full details on how to port your mobile phone number to a new network provider.

NOTE: You can purchase your new phone contract and then obtain your PAC code. It is not essential to have your PAC code prior to purchasing your new phone. However, you will need your PAC code if you want to keep your existing phone number (i.e. transfer your current number to your new provider). Use our handy tool above to obtain your PAC code.

PAC codes are FREE.

To keep your mobile phone number when switching to another mobile phone network, use our handy tool to obtain your PAC code. Just select your current and new phone provider click OK and you'll receive full instructions for obtaining your PAC code.