After years of waiting from BlackBerry users, the ultimate BlackBerry has finally been made official. We broke the story on the next generation BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930, and we even spent some one-on-one time with it, but there is nothing like an official announcement, right? As far as specs, it’s everything we reported it would be — 1.2GHz processor, 2.8-inch capacitive touchscreen, full QWERTY keyboard, 5 megapixel camera with 720p HD video recording, 8GB of onboard storage, and more. As far as availability, RIM said that the new BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 will be available from “carriers around the world” starting this summer. We’re hearing June / July still. Entire press release is after the break. More →
We brought you the first hands-on with the BlackBerry Bold Touch yesterday, and now the devices’s full specs have reportedly been leaked. BGR exclusively revealed the device’s key specs back in January, but now N4BB has obtained a full specs for the phone, which show that it features a Qualcomm 8655 Snapdragon processor clocked at 1.2GHz, 8GB of on-board storage, a 5-megapixel camera capable of recording 720p HD video, and a 2.8-inch 640 x 480-pixel touchscreen display. The documents also reaffirm the Bold Touch’s 3G mobile hotspot feature we scooped, which will allow you to share its 3G connection via Wi-Fi. We’ve been told that RIM will announce the BlackBerry Bold Touch during BlackBerry World early next month and that the device will hit the market around June or July. Hit the jump for the full spec sheets. More →
It’s no secret that BlackBerry 6 will be coming to the Bold 9650 and Curve 9330. RIM has publicly stated that the two devices are in line for the yet-to-be-release update and both sets are marketed as “BlackBerry 6 ready.” Exactly when the updates will start to roll-out is, however, still a mystery. Several unofficial builds of BB6 for both handsets have been circulating on the Internet for quite some time, but as with all handset updates, the code needs to be carrier tested and ultimately carrier approved — a process that has historically proven to be the opposite of swift.
Bureaucracy aside, blog CrackBerry has produced some hard intel that indicates — at minimum — Verizon is getting their proverbial ducks in a row for a BB6 release. An advertisement that shows the company’s Curve 9330 and Bold 9650 running the new code has surfaced. The advert dramatically proclaims RIM’s OS as “the ultimate blend of productivity and fun” and lists some of the new features the update packs: social feeds, new browser, universal search, better multimedia, etc.
Both the 9330 and 9650 are seen sporting their current price tags, $49.99 and $99.99 respectively. More →
Back on the 14th of September, Verizon Wireless announced that the BlackBerry Curve 9330 would be available for purchase in the “coming weeks.” After almost a month, it looks like the time has finally come. Today, the Curve 9330 subtle appeared in the Verizon online store in a not-so-subtle fuchsia color. The device, which has 3G, Wi-Fi, and BlackBerry OS 5, will retail for $29.99 with a 2-year contract.
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Today, Sprint announced that it too would carry the latest update to the BlackBerry Curve family, the Curve 3G. The specs of the device are identical to the handset available on a plethora of other carriers — 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, BlackBerry OS 5 , optical trackpad, BlackBerry 6 ready — but Sprint’s offering will be priced $20 higher than CDMA rival, Verizon Wireless, at $49.99 with a 2-year contract. The device will be available via Sprint’s direct sales channels on September 26th and via the remaining sales channels on October 10th. More →
Today, Verizon Wireless and RIM announced the availability of the BlackBerry Curve 3G. The device sports that oh-so-familiar BlackBerry form factor, 512 MB RAM, 3G, Wi-Fi b/g, Bluetooth, GPS, and a micro-SD card slot with support for up to a 32 GB card. The Curve 3G will be available in all business channels on September 16 and will be available in Verizon stores in the “coming weeks.” The device is priced at $29.99 when signing a 2-year contract and is “BlackBerry 6 ready.” More →
The BlackBerry Curve 9330 isn’t even available yet — although it should be shortly — but it already has a leaked operating system. We’re telling you this because that leaked operating system happens to be BlackBerry 6. If you have plans to buy a 9330 in the near future, and love being on the bleeding edge of mobile operatings systems, it might behoove you to download BlackBerry OS 220.127.116.11 from the interwebs before it goes the way of the Dodo. BBleaks has more information for those interested. Hit up the read link to be sent in that direction. More →
It isn’t like you couldn’t see this one coming from a mile away, but we know that some of you like concrete proof. RIM has published a knowledge base article to address the issues you are having with your unreleased, unannounced BlackBerry 9330 from Sprint. The article explains how you can solve that pesky issue, where “BlackBerry App World pre-loaded games are missing after the ##RTN command is preformed.” The article has since been pulled, but it looks like the lack-luster, mid-range BlackBerry will be landing on the Now Network in the near future. More →