The Vodafone BlackBerry Bold 9900 is now available for pre-order directly from Vodafone as well as Carphone Warehouse. SoMobile’s Carly Page, however, is reporting that the device has been delayed by ‘at least three weeks’.
Verizon has yet to officially announce their intention to carry the BlackBerry Bold 9930 or the BlackBerry Torch 9850, but, that hasn’t stopped rumors and speculation about the BlackBerry Curve 9370 hitting Verizon’s network from spreading around the web. The latest rumor is that the BlackBerry Curve 9370 will launch on Verizon September 8th and that the lower end cousin to the BlackBerry Bold 9930 is actually 4G capable.
According to a trusted TechnoBuffalo source, the new touch BlackBerry Bold 9900 will hit Rogers’ network up in Canada, August 9th. There was no word on pricing, but, is starting to look more and more like new BlackBerry devices will be announced very soon.
We’ve known since last week that Research in Motion is getting ready to roll out BlackBerry App World 3.0. The BlackBerry App World webstore has already been updated and RIM has made a few changes to the Vendor Portal as well. A complete overhaul of the web client is coming, and, according to BBNews.pl, this is what it is going to look like.
Many AT&T BlackBerry users have been wondering what the delay on the AT&T branded version of the BlackBerry Bold 9780 is seeing how the device has been available on T-Mobile since mid November of last year. Rumor has it, however, that AT&T may skip over the BlackBerry Bold 9780 and go straight to the, yet to be officially announced, BlackBerry Dakota…
Fudzilla is reporting that its sources are stating that AT&T is move the last of it’s BlackBerry Bold 9700 inventory and that it has no intention on ordering more.
The new Bold, or Dakota if you will, is a bit closer than we were first led to believe. Apparently from the whispers we hear, AT&T could have the new member of the Bold family on the shelf for sale as soon as early or mid-spring, but significant quantity is likely not expected at the store and authorized reseller level till very early summer.
If the release scale for the BlackBerry Dakota, the first QWERTY BlackBerry with a fixed touchscreen, is accurate the rumor that AT&T may forgo the BlackBerry 9780 seems very plausible. This seems to be the route that Verizon took with the BlackBerry Storm 9750, deciding to hold off on the device possibly for the rumored BlackBerry Monaco.
Rumor has it that Research in Motion has been testing the next iteration of the BlackBerry Style and it is said that the device has a touch screen. It isn’t clear if the both screens will be touch interactive or just the main screen, however, the rumor also states that RIM is working on making the BlackBerry Style 2 dual hinged, allowing it to open in both portrait and landscape mode.
We don’t know for sure if the BlackBerry Style is headed to AllTel, but, if putting the software that supports the device on your website is an indication that you eventually will, we’d say that the chances are good…
As many regular RIMarkable readers know, one of the primary reasons that I returned my BlackBerry Torch after getting it last year was because the device just seemed underpowered by current standards. Earlier today BlackBerry Torch 2 specifications leaked out, and, one adjective that probably won’t be used when describing Research in Motion’s second stab at a a vertical slider which sports a 1.2 Ghz processor is underpowered.
BlackBerry Torch 2 specs include:
- 1.2GHz processor
- Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE
- Tri-band HSPA 14.4Mbps
- 3.2-inch VGA 640 x 480 capacitive display
- 8GB built-in memory
- 512MB RAM
- Bluetooth 2.1
- 5MP camera with flash
- 1300 mAh battery
- BlackBerry OS 6.1
- OpenGL ES
- 14.6mm thin
BGR got there hands on what appears to be the first ever photo of the BlackBerry Dakota, RIM’s new BlackBerry Bold style QWERTY keyboard device with a touchscreen.
BlackBerry Dakota features:
- Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE
- Tri-band UMTS
- 5 megapixel camera with HD video recording, flash, and image stabilization
- 4GB of built in storage, 768MB of RAM
- 2.8-inch VGA 640×480 capacitive screen
- WiFi b,g,n on 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies
- 3G mobile hotspot!
- MicroUSB port
- Proximity sensor
- 10.5mm thin
- Launches with BlackBerry OS 6.1
For those BlackBerry users that just want a better BlackBerry, the Dakota will probably be a big hit…
It seems like over the passed couple of weeks there have been several signs and indications that BlackBerry 6 upgrades for the BlackBerry Bold 9650 and the BlackBerry Curve 3G 9330 could drop any time. More evidence indicating that the new OS could be coming soon are the BlackBerry 6 Upgrade Guides that have been showing up in Verizon Stores.