It’s no secret that the BlackBerry Bold 9650 is coming to Verizon. The device has been available from Sprint for almost two weeks, yet, it hasn’t even been officially announced by Verizon. It isn’t unlike Verizon to take their time rolling out new devices, however, not even officially announcing the BlackBerry Bold 9650 when Sprint is already selling it without an exclusive is a bit of a departure from Verizon’s usual mode of operation. This kind of makes me wonder if Verizon is waiting on BlackBerry 6, the next generation BlackBerry OS, to become available so that they can release their branded Bold 9650 with the latest and greatest BlackBerry OS as compared to making users upgrade to it.
BlackBerry Bold 9650
Training materials for the BlackBerry Bold 9650 are being disseminated to Verizon employees indicating that the launch of the new device draws near. One of the disappointing items with the Verizon Bold 9650 is that it comes with only a 2 GB micro SD card. The BlackBerry Storm2 came with a 16 Gb card. The Bold 9650 does, however, come with 500 Mb of application memory so application space shouldn’t be a problem. There still is no release date on the Verizon BlackBerry Bold 9650, however, it is expected that it will be available sometime in the first half of June.
As many of you may have already known, the BlackBerry Bold 9650 is a world phone, meaning that it has both CDMA and GSM network capability allowing it to run on other carriers around the world. What you may not have known is that the Sprint BlackBerry Bold 9650 comes factory unlocked which means that all you have to do is pop a SIM card into the device and it will run on any GSM carrier, even those here in the United States, like T-Mobile and AT&T.
Attention Sprint users! The BlackBerry Bold 9650 is now available from Sprint. Many are touting the 9650 as the baddest BlackBerry yet created. Whether that is true or not remains to be seen, however, you can pick up the BlackBerry Bold 9650 from Sprint for $199 after a $100 mail-in rebate on a 2-year contract or for $449.99 if you want to buy it outright.
Check out Sprint’s website for more information…
An interesting email went out to Verizon BlackBerry Tour users letting them know that they can get Push to Talk for free on BlackBerry Tour 9630 devices.
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BlackBerry Leaks is reporting that they have received “solid word” on the list of older BlackBerry devices that will support BlackBerry OS 6.0 or BlackBerry 6 as RIM is referring to it. There are only 2 devices being sold right now that will support BlackBerry 6 and chances are that you don’t own one of them…
It looks like TheStreet.com put this information out on the street a bit prematurely, however, RIM has officially announced both the BlackBerry Bold 9650 and the BlackBerry Pearl 3G.
It’s a little strange that a leaked OS for a device would hit the web before the device itself has been officially announced, let alone, released and available, however, OS 22.214.171.1243 for the BlackBerry Bold 9650 has been leaked and is available for download. Pick it up at the link below.
You know how the saying goes… I am just not feeling the new BlackBerry Bold 9650 rumored to be officially announced next week at WES and launched in May. What will the new Bold 9650 do that most other BlackBerry devices with full QWERTY keyboards won’t do? I am sure there is something, but, is it really enough warrant buying another device?
I may pass on the the BlackBerry Bold 9650 just like I passed on the BlackBerry Storm2. What else do you have coming out RIM?