RIM To Announce 4 Or 5 New BlackBerrys Next Year

I was just reading a Business Standard interview with Research in Motion vice-president of customer accounts, Gregory Wade, and one thing (actually 4 or 5) really stood out.

RIM will announce another 4-5 models in 2008 and all of them will be packed with consumer-friendly applications and design.

Now, even though we can assume that 1 or 2 of these new models will be CDMA versions of the BlackBerry Curve, that still leaves room for 2 or 3 new BlackBerry releases.

It will be an exciting year to say the least.

  • Thought

    I wonder how RIM defines “new models.” For instance, this year there were really 2 new model family releases: the 88xx and the 83xx series. However, if you take into acct the different GSM and CDMA versions of their models, and the models with WiFi, you have had the 8800, the 8820, the 8830, the 8300, the 8310, and most recently of course, the 8130 and the 8120. So that’s 7 new models if viewed that way.

  • bluehorseshoe

    I’m guessing different phones within’ the family. I can’t see them popping out 7 different types of phones within’ 12 months. They haven’t done much outside the Pearl and Curve regarding the consumer market, so I see them adding ‘features’ to the exixting lines, perhaps adding one or two completely new phones.

    And if I’m guessing wrong, then how exciting!

  • anon

    When’s the 9000 series coming out?

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  • Mark Derail

    Can’t help but voice the Environmental Impact of so many phones, every year.

    RIM should give us credit for a trade-in, at the store, of our older models, guarantee that they wipe out the information inside.

    RIM could then refurbish and sell them dirt cheap in countries that are newly opening, like in the Caribbeans.

    RIM makes wonderful phones, #1 in my opinion. How about leading also with the best recycling program?