It was only two weeks ago that AT&T announced it would be dropping the Curve 8900 sometime this Summer, and one week ago that we told you it would run for $199.99 on a two-year after a $100 MIR. Well now AT&T has finally come out with an official launch date for both online and in retail stores: this Friday, the 22nd of May. All you have to do now is decide whether or not you want to drop an extra $100 to get the 3G-enabled Bold.
We just got our hands on the latest AT&T price sheet for the Southwestern region (don’t worry, these prices are national) and what did we find? The BlackBerry 8900 is going to run $99 $199 on a 2-year agreement after $100 MIR. We guess that sort of makes up for the 6 month delay in launching it… We’ll let you know if we find anything else on here, but come on, that’s an awesome price isn’t it?
So the keynote didn’t deliver what most people were counting on (read: anything exciting for the average consumer) but nonetheless there was still quite a bit of neat stuff to see. After the keynote, a few meetings with RIM VPs and Managers and a few cans of Diet Pepsi in the press room, we made our way out onto the Solutions Showcase floor to take a look at what the best and brightest third parties had to offer. Here’s a quick recap of some of the stuff that excites us the most.
Well, look what we have here — a press release from AT&T announcing the early summer availability of the Curve 8900… Conveniently arriving just a few days after we leaked the June availability of the AT&T BlackBerry Curve 8900. Sorry to disappoint but as we alluded to in our last post on the subject, there is nothing earth shattering in the press release. AT&T’s 8900 will be a mirror image of the T-Mobile version, though it will of course support standard AT&T services like AT&T navigator and AT&T Wi-Fi hotspot access. No pricing details or exact release date were revealed but our June time frame is still looking solid. Hit the jump for the text of the press release.
OK everybody, just calm down. We got word from one of our ninjas that the BlackBerry Curve 8900 will finally be arriving at AT&T stores some time in June. For those who were hoping for a miracle or at least a little something special added on to compensate you for the handset’s tardiness, sorry, it’ll basically be a mirror of the T-Mobile version. The AT&T version will however have the same themes as the Bold 9000. Woo. No word on pricing yet but it should be around the same as its cousin on T-Mobile’s line-up. For those of you aching for a new BlackBerry but who feel like the Bold might be a little on the larger, heavier side, the wait won’t be much longer.
So long, early adopter tax. Don’t worry though, current T-Mobile Curve 8900 owners, this one’s not as bad as it could have been in the scheme of things. As of this morning it looks like T-Mobile’s flagship BlackBerry has shed some excess margin in an effort to boost sales. Potential Curve 8900 owners will now find that the sleek 3G-less beauty is $50 cheaper than it was last night, settling in at $149.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate. Not bad, not bad. Email-hungry T-Mobile customers really have no reason to shy away from BlackBerry’s latest Curve now as there simply isn’t a better value to be had in Pinksville as far as we’re concerned. So who’s in?
From May 5 to 7 in Orlando Florida, RIM will will be hosting Wireless Enterprise Symposium or WES. While BGR will be there on the floor for the entire convention bringing you the latest BlackBerry news as it happens, we thought we’d give you all a little bit of a taste of what we know/believe is to come.
First off, expect to see the 8900 Curve make an appearance courtesy AT&T. As many people on AT&T who are running unlocked 8900s by now already know, the official AT&T service books have been pushed out which means that AT&T is doing the final prep work for launch. More notable and more exciting will be the official acknowledgment of the BlackBerry 9630 codenamed Niagara.
Got a BlackBerry? Get it unlocked! Want a BlackBerry? Win a free one!
That’s right people, one of the biggest giveaways we’ve ever had here on BGR is almost over. $10,000 worth of unlock codes and three of the latest, greatest BlackBerry handsets are up for grabs… For free! Why in the world are we having a giveaway this crazy amidst a recession? Because we’re insane, that’s why.
Entering for your chance to win a free unlock code courtesy of Horizon Wireless and/or a free Bold, Curve 8900 or Storm couldn’t be easier. Just shoot over to the giveaway post and leave a comment. Yep, that’s it! Don’t forget that if you already have a BlackBerry you can ask us for a handset and an unlock code — we’re generous like that.
Remember, your comment must be left on the giveaway post and not here in order to be a valid entry!
All this free BlackBerry goodness comes to an end on Sunday, March 8th at 11:59PM EST so head on over. Good luck!
The Dow is below 7,000 and we thought it was a good idea to try and spread some of that BGR love to our readers. Thanks to the friendly folks at Horizon Wireless, here’s what we’re giving away!
- (1) BlackBerry Bold
- (1) BlackBerry Storm
- (1) BlackBerry Curve 8900
But, that’s not all. To help out a lot of you that already have taken the plunge and purchased your own BlackBerry handsets, we’re also giving away 500 BlackBerry unlock codes! Yes, you totally read that correctly. 500 unlock codes! That’s over $10,000 in unlock codes, people. Here’s how to enter:
- Simply leave a comment on this post with why you think you should win an unlock code or why you think you should win a brand new BlackBerry.
- We’ll pick the most interesting and deserving people to win (we’ll pick a lot of our normal commenters and people that contribute daily as a nice thank you).
- If you win, we’ll email you and get your IMEI number so Horizon can retrieve your unlock code.
- The contest is good for any Rogers, AT&T, or Fido BlackBerry you want unlocked! Doesn’t matter what model.
So, that’s pretty much all the general stuff you need to know — 500 unlock codes form Horizon Wireless, three of BlackBerry’s finest, all from your pals at BGR.
We’ll run this until this Sunday, March 8th at 11:59PM ET. Good luck!
One of our trusty ninjas just hit us up with a couple details on some of Verizon’s upcoming products and product offerings. First off.. Netbooks. We’ve been told that Verizon Wireless will 100% start selling Netbooks in stores around May of this year. The first one looks to be a 10-inch HP Mini which should go for $99 on a 2-year agreement (with BroadbandAccess plan). On a related note, we’ve been told that AT&T is in the process of setting this up as well (selling Netbooks in stores).
The hate-it-or-love-it Verizon Hub home phone will be getting an upgrade to enable streaming radio on or around February 22nd.
There’s a new feature for Verizon Wireless subscribers rolling out called Media Manager. What we’re told this does is enable you to backup all your ringtones, games, and phone content to one location for free as long as you use the My Account feature online. Basically think of it as a free backup assistant, rumored to be rolling out momentarily.
The BlackBerry Apex (BlackBerry 8230) we’re told was removed from Verizon’s data devices road map. Our contact doesn’t know why or what it possibly means, but he said it either means it is coming very soon (likely) or not being released at all (unlikely).
Finally, the BlackBerry Niagara. We showed you the first photo of it, and it turns out it is pretty much spot on. We do have some more information, however. You can definitely think of it as a cross between the Bold and the Curve 8900. It’s bigger than the Curve, but smaller than the Bold. It has the same 480×320 screen resolution as the bold, and thankfully we’re told rocks the same processor as well (624MHz CPU). Lastly, it runs the 4.6 OS but you didn’t really need us to tell you that. In terms of release date, you’re going to be a little disappointed — we don’t have one. We were originally told by our original tipster that the Niagara would launch in May of ’09 on Verizon, and darn it, that looks pretty accurate. When we have something confirmed, we’ll obviously share that news. Below is a recap of the information we reported on the Niagara when we broke the news:
- “Large screen family”
- QWERTY keyboard
- 480×360 LCD
- EV-DO Rev. A
- 3.2 megapixel camera
- 4.7 OS platform
- BES 5.0 support (HTML email, etc)
- Qualcomm MSM7600 processor
Pretty good, eh?
We know the BlackBerry 8900 has been slated as an AT&T device forever. Heck, Giz’s unit was AT&T branded, and then there’s also the mysterious vanishing act it pulled at CES. We also outed the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8210 (oh no, RIM isn’t even close to being done with the confusing models/different features) and that looks to be the unit AT&T is going to be launching first (we believe the 8220 will come to AT&T as well later). What everyone has been wondering, however, is when will these devices will actually see the light of day on AT&T. We just got some information that corroborates with what we’ve heard, but it isn’t from one of our normal tipsters. If you’re still interested, we have been told the BlackBerry 8900 is scheduled for a February release (we also heard the SKU is now appearing in AT&T’s systems), and that the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8210 is coming in March. Verizon isn’t going to be the only one, it seems. We haven’t got word on pricing yet, but we’d imagine you’ll see the Curve 8900 for around $199 and the Flip for around $99. Possibly lower if AT&T really wants to churn and burn.
P.S. The date also seems right because it does lineup with AT&T phasing out those EDGE devices. These could very well be the last of the Mohicans. Yeah, we totally said that.
Several of you have had the pleasure of receiving your BlackBerry Curve 8900s early, but the rest of us have had to wait patiently and eagerly for this day. The (sorta) smallest and (kinda) thinnest ‘Berry available is now live with pricing details on T-Mobile’s website. As you can clearly see, the phone will cost you a cool $199.99 after mail-in rebate and a two-year contract. With a 3.2 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi and UMA support, BlackBerry PIM services and the 4.6 OS for the Curve, it is a very worthy upgrade for T-Mobile customers. We’re not sure if Best Buy is carrying them just yet, but if you can’t wait and are willing to spend the extra $50, you know exactly what to do.
Anticipation is mounting for those who didn’t get the chance to call in for their 8900 orders early. Even better news is that it looks like Best Buy might be offering it for just $149.99 with a two-years-of-your-life deal. It certainly beats the $299.99 price that many have paid, and will pay, coming straight out of T-Mobile. If your Curve 8320’s trackball is coming loose or that G1’s shine and appeal are beginning to wear, you know what to do. Of course, if contracts make you feel a little queasy, you can always pick this up at the contract-free price of $649.99 (from Best Buy) depending on which option makes you prefer. It’s the same old story – pay now or pay later.