Release Dates For The T-Mobile Touch BlackBerry Bold 9900 And BlackBerry Apollo Leaked!

Only one handset, the new touch BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930, was announced at BlackBerry World a couple of weeks ago.  Although they offered no release date other than ‘later this year’, T-Mobile announced their intentions to carry the Bold 4G 9900 on their network almost immediately after RIM unveiled the device.  Most rumors up until now, point to a release of the Bold 9900 ‘sometime this summer, but This is My Next‘s Chris Ziegler has posted T-Mobile’s 2011 roadmap and it looks like the touch BlackBerry Bold 9900 is hitting August 19th followed by the, still to be officially announced, BlackBerry Apollo, which is rumored to be a touch BlackBerry Curve.

[Via This is My Next]

T-Mobile Announces Plans To Carry The BlackBerry Bold 9900 4G ‘Later This Year’

T-Mobile wasted no time after the new touch BlackBerry Bold 9900 was announced at BlackBerry World to indicate their intention to carry the Bold 9900 4G on their network.  Unfortunately, however, the only indication as to when T-Mobile will get the new 4G touch BlackBerry Bold is later this year.

[Via Facebook]

BlackBerry 6 Now Officially Available For The T-Mobile BlackBerry Bold 9700

We saw the first leak of BlackBerry 6 for the BlackBerry Bold 9700 back in November of 2010.  Shortly after that, official versions of BlackBerry 6 for the BlackBerry Bold 9700 started to appear on various carriers around world, less T-Mobile, which took what seemed like an unusually long time to release an the update to their branded Bold 9700.

That being said, BlackBerry 6 is now officially available for the T-Mobile BlackBerry Bold 9700.  I know for a fact that many T-Mobile users have long since updated their devices to BlackBerry 6 either with a leaked version, or, another carriers released version of BlackBerry 6, but, if you’ve been waiting to get an officially release update to BlackBerry 6 for your T-Mobile Bold 9700, your wait is over.

Download BlackBerry 6 for the T-Mobile BlackBerry Bold 9700 from T-Mobile’s BlackBerry Software Updates page…

 

T-Mobile Releases BlackBerry 6 For BlackBerry Bold 9700

Although we haven’t seen an official announcement, it looks like T-Mobile has officially released BlackBerry 6 for the BlackBerry Bold 9700.  BlackBerry 6, build 6.0.0.448, is still not available on the T-Mobile website, but, you should be able to pick it up via BlackBerry Desktop Manager.

[Via BGR]

Contest: T-Mobile Giving 11 BlackBerry 6 Devices Away Every Week Through April 7th

T-Mobile is running a promotion via Facebook where they are giving 11 BlackBerry 6 capable devices,  10 BlackBerry Curve 3G and 1 BlackBerry Bold 9780, away each week through the week ending April 7th.

All you have to do to enter is:

  1. “Like” the T-Mobile BlackBerry Sweepstakes page and allow the application access to your “Wall”.
  2. Answer two trivia questions about the the BlackBerry, T-Mobile, or BlackBerry 6.
  3. Provide your contact information and age so that you may be contacted if you win.

The contest started Feb. 11th, but, you still have 7 more weeks (counting week 2 at the time of this post) to enter.  Good luck, and, since you are going to like the T-Mobile BlackBerry page, you may as well go ahead and like the RIMarkable Facebook page as well…

All T-Mobile Smartphones Including The BlackBerry Curve 8520, Curve 3G, Bold 9700, and Bold 9780 Free Feb. 11th and 12th…

The title of this post pretty much sums things up.  Head into a T-Mobile store this coming weekend, Friday and Saturday Feb. 11th and 12 and pick up any smartphone, including the BlackBerry Curve 8520, Curve 3G, Bold 9700, or Bold 9780, for free.

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RIM Now Offereing Beta Builds Of BlackBerry 6 In BlackBerry Beta Zone

Research in Motion has announced via BlackBerry Beta Zone that they will now offer consumers from the US, Canada and the UK the ability to download beta version of BlackBerry 6 for select devices and carriers…

Beginning early this year, we will be providing consumers from the US, Canada and the UK using particular wireless networks the opportunity to participate in beta programs dedicated to BlackBerry 6.0 Device Software.

We are excited to open our doors to you for beta testing the latest BlackBerry Device Software and we look forward to your continued involvement in our programs as BlackBerry Beta Zone grows.

To prepare for these upcoming programs, we ask that you please take the following actions to ensure your eligibility*:

In your BlackBerry Beta Zone profile, please update the following information:

  1. In the “Contact” tab, update to the current BlackBerry smartphone model and PIN you are using, as well as your Country
  2. In the “BlackBerry Smartphone” tab, ensure you have provided the most up-to-date carrier information

These programs will have limited capacity for participants and registration will end once the spots have been filled.

Your feedback has been instrumental in helping us to improve the site and our programs. We encourage you to continue voicing your opinions and sharing your ideas with us.

Best Regards,
The BlackBerry Beta Zone Team

Currently U.S. T-Mobile subscribers with the BlackBerry Bold 9700, Curve 3G 9300, or the Bold 9780 can download beta versions of BlackBerry 6.  There are, however, a limited number of spots in the beta program, so, you need to act fast if you want to get in.

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BlackBerry Bold 9780 Now Available From T-Mobile

Just like they said it would be, the BlackBerry Bold 9780 is now available on T-Mobile.  Just the third device in the U.S. to come pre-loaded with BlackBerry 6, the T-Mobile BlackBerry Bold 9780 will set you back $129.99 on a two-year contract.

Get more information over on T-Mobile’s website

AT&T, T-Mobile, And Verizon Join Forces And Launch ISIS Mobile Commerce Network

Press Release

AT&T, T-MOBILE AND VERIZON WIRELESS ANNOUNCE JOINT VENTURE TO BUILD NATIONAL MOBILE COMMERCE NETWORK

Isis to Lead the U.S. Payments Industry from Cards to Mobile Phones; Available to All Merchants, Banks and Wireless Service Providers; Venture Led By Former GE Capital Financial Executive

New York – November 16, 2010 – AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless today announced the formation of a joint venture chartered with building ISIS™, a national mobile commerce network that aims to fundamentally transform how people shop, pay and save.

Isis’ initial focus will be on building a mobile payment network that utilizes mobile phones to make point-of-sale purchases. By utilizing smartphone and near-field communication (NFC) technology to modernize the payments process, Isis intends to deliver new levels of competition and value to consumers and merchants. Isis expects to introduce its service in key geographic markets during the next 18 months.

Michael Abbott has been named as Chief Executive Officer of Isis. Formerly with GE Capital, Abbott is a veteran financial services executive with extensive experience in the payment and technology industries.

“Our mobile commerce network, through relationships with merchants, will provide an enhanced, more convenient, more personalized shopping experience for consumers,” said Michael Abbott, Chief Executive Officer of Isis. “While mobile payments will be at the core of our offering, it is only the start. We plan to create a mobile wallet that ultimately eliminates the need for consumers to carry cash, credit and debit cards, reward cards, coupons, tickets and transit passes.”

Isis Brings Both Consumer and Merchant Scale

Founding members, AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless, collectively provide wireless services to more than 200 million consumers who will have access to the Isis service. Isis is working with Discover Financial Services’ payment network, currently accepted at more than seven million merchant locations nationwide, to develop an extensive mobile payment infrastructure for the joint venture.

Barclaycard US, part of Barclays PLC, is expected to be the first issuer on the network, offering multiple mobile payment products to meet the needs of every customer.

“We believe the venture will have the scope and scale necessary to introduce mobile commerce on a broad basis. In the beginning, we intend to fully utilize Discover’s national payment infrastructure as well as Barclaycard’s expertise in contactless and mobile payments,” said Abbott. “Moving forward, Isis will be available to all interested merchants, banks and mobile carriers.”

How It Works

The new venture will enable contactless mobile payment and commerce services using near-field communication technology. NFC uses short-range, high frequency wireless technology to enable the encrypted exchange of information between devices at a short distance. The new system is being designed and built to include strong security and privacy safeguards.

About Isis

The joint venture is between AT&T Mobility LLC, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless and is based in New York City.  The venture is chartered with building ISIS™, a national mobile commerce network that will fundamentally transform how people shop, pay and save.  The Isis mobile commerce network will be available to all merchants, banks and mobile carriers. ISIS is a trademark of JVL Ventures, LLC in the U.S. and/or other countries.  Other logos, product and company names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.