BlackBerry gives customers free paid appsPhone carriers will soon warn you of impending overages in real-time, the iPhone 4S doubles sales of the previous model, and BlackBerry offers apps to make up for the service outage last week.
-It's Monday, October 17th, 2011. I'm Bridget Carey on cnet.com and it's time to get loaded. Wireless carriers will now warn you in realtime if you're about to go over your monthly voice, data, and text limits. The Federal Communications Commission has announced a new voluntary agreement with the 4 major carriers to help customers avoid a bill shock when they go over minutes or travel internationally, but better stay vigilant of your bill for now. The warnings won't kick in fully for another year and a half. When a man screws up, he sends flowers. When Blackberry screws up, it sends apps. Research in Motion has given away a hundred dollars worth of app downloads to customers to say sorry for last week's service outages. Starting Wednesday, free apps will be rolled out over 4 weeks and will be available for download until the end of the year. The peace offering includes games like Bejeweled, Bubble Bash 2, Texas Hold'em Poker 2, and utility apps like Photo Editor Ultimate, Vlingo Plus, and iSpeech Translator Pro. In addition, Enterprise customers get a free month of technical support. If you're sad about the dual-touchscreen Sprint Kyocera Echo no longer being on the market, look on over to T-Mobile who has just announced the LG DoublePlay, a 4G android smartphone with dual touchscreens with a split physical QWERTY keyboard. The dual screens let users simultaneously check Facebook, e-mail, text, or browse the web. The top screen is 3.5 inches while the bottom display is just 2 inches. The phone includes a high definition 720p video recorder, a 5-megapixel camera, and will be available for the holidays. Samsung has been hit hard by Apple in an overseas patent war, but the company is still throwing punches. In the latest battle, Samsung is trying to stop the sale of the iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, and iPad 2 in Australia and Japan saying Apple has violated Samsung's wireless technology and user interface patents. The months-long fight has not been going well for Samsung. Last week, an Australian court sided with Apple and barred the sale of the Samsung Galaxy tab 10.1 in the country until a full case could be heard. Samsung has also lost the right to sell the Galaxy tab 10.1 in Germany and has to remake several Galaxy smartphone models to sell in the Netherlands. Finally and more good news for Apple, the company has sold 4 million iPhone 4S models between Friday and Sunday. That's more than double the iPhone 4 units sold the first 3 days, but of course the numbers are gonna be larger this time around since it's available on 3 carriers. Apple's new operating system iOS 5, which came out last Wednesday, has been downloaded by 25 million users and 20 million have sent it for iCloud. Those are your headlines for today. I'm Bridget Carey for cnet.com and you've just been loaded.