If you’re rocking the BlackBerry Bold 9650 or Curve 9330 and are on the Now Network, listen up. Sprint has begun pushing BlackBerry 6, with its new and improved UI, to owners of the aforementioned handsets. The update is being delivered over-the-air, but, as always, you can hit up BlackBerry’s site, download the new bits, and update your device via Desktop Manager. If you’re not running an unofficial BlackBerry 6 build, or even if you are, what are you waiting for? 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 →
The folks over at U.S. Cellular have announced that they will begin offering the BlackBerry Bold 9650 to their customers on August 18th. The CDMA/GSM 9650 is identical to the model that has been available on Sprint and Verizon Wireless for the last several months. Here are the Cliff’s Notes on the device: EV-DO Rev. A, UMTS/HSPA 2100 MHz, quad-band EDGE/GPRS/GSM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 512 MB RAM, 3.2 megapixel camera, and the unit is BlackBerry 6 ready. The phone will retail for $230 with a 2-year contract and a $70 mail-in rebate will be available at time of purchase. The full release is after the break. More →
BlackBerry 6, RIM’s latest smartphone operating system, was first announced back in April of this year at WES (BlackBerry’s annual conference). This week, we finally got to see BB 6 running on real live hardware with the announcement of the BlackBerry Torch 9800. And now, we have images of the new OS running on some already released hardware, the BlackBerry Bold 9650. BBLeaks has received images BlackBerry running on the Verizon variant of the Bold 9650. RIM announced that it would make BlackBerry 6 available carriers who sold the Bold 9700, Bold 9650, and Pearl 3G handsets. BBLeaks reports that this preliminary build is a bit “sluggish” on the 9650, even with 512 MB of RAM. Definitely cause for concern for Bold 9700 and Pearl 3G owners who only pack half that amount of memory. We’ve got a couple more images ready for you after the break. More →
Via a press release, RIM has announced that BlackBerry 6, which will debut on the BlackBerry Torch 9800, will also be available for the BlackBerry Bold 9700 and 9650, as well as the BlackBerry Pearl 3G. Great news for all you Bold owners out there (sorry 9000 owners)! Here is the official verbiage from the release:
BlackBerry 6 will debut on the new BlackBerry® Torch™ smartphone (announced today) available from AT&T on August 12 and it is also designed to run on select BlackBerry smartphones already in market. Subject to carrier certifications in the months ahead, the new OS is expected to be available for the BlackBerry® Bold™ 9700, BlackBerry® Bold™ 9650 and BlackBerry® Pearl™ 3G, as well as future BlackBerry smartphones.
The OS will be available, pending carrier approval, in the coming months. Hit the jump to view the full release. More →
We’ve heard from a couple people that most Verizon Wireless stores have inventory, and some are selling the device early. More →
Alright, BlackBerry fans. It’s time to double-check your bank balance and when you’re current contract is set to expire, as Verizon has just officially announced it will be releasing the BlackBerry Bold 9650 tomorrow, June 3rd. To be available online only for the first week, brick and mortar stores will begin selling the 9650 exactly one week later on June 10th. The cost? $149.99 on a 2-year contract after a $100 mail-in rebate. Not too shabby. Anyone planning on picking up the successor to the tuh-tuh-Tour? More →
Ah, a Tour owner’s dream. The BlackBerry Bold 9650 started life out as the BlackBerry Tour2. It then went through a late-stage metamorphosis and received a memory upgrade and name change for a couple of different reasons. One of the reasons is to utilize a positive product name RIM has built (the Bold line), and another would be to prevent hundreds of thousands of angry BlackBerry owners from practically taking over the entire city of Waterloo, Canada. You see, the BlackBerry Bold 9650 is what the Tour should have originally been, and by releasing a Tour2 under a year from the original device’s debut would be straight up insulting. RIM killed two birds with one stone by renaming the device to be a Bold, continuing a successful device brand, and also trying to not completely obliterate an existing handset (even though the Tour 9630 will certainly be end-of-life’d very, very quickly). So is the BlackBerry Bold 9650 the best in the biz? You’ll see soon enough, after the jump of course. More →
Sprint customers who have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the BlackBerry Tour Bold 9650 can rejoice today as the device is now available online from Sprint. With a full retail price of $450, new customers and those eligible for upgrades will be able to have a 9650 shipped to their door for as little as $199.99 after $100 MIR with a 2-year commitment. Just make sure you’re not going to want to put this thing on Craigslist as soon as the EVO 4G drops, okay?
Thanks, Nan P.! More →
The BlackBerry Tour Bold 9650 has received its ceremonial blessing from the FCC according to documents available via the government agency’s website. The newly approved handset is scheduled for a May 23rd release on U.S. wireless provider Sprint and — hopefully — on Verizon shortly thereafter. For those who need a little refresher, the 9650’s stat sheet flows like this: CDMA EV-DO world phone with support for HSPA and UTMS (2100 MHz) networks, Wi-Fi b/g, optical trackpad, GPS, 3.2 megapixel camera with flash, 512 MB of flash memory, microSDHC support for up to a 32 GB card, 1400 mAhr battery, and BlackBerry OS 5. We’ve got the FCC docs, in all their black and white glory, linked up for you…enjoy! More →
The title says it all…as there isn’t much else to say about the new BlackBerry Bold 9650. A fresh press release from Sprint made the go-live date — Sunday, May 23rd — public knowledge. Here is the white meat from the release:
The BlackBerry Bold 9650 smartphone will be available for $199.99 with a new two-year service agreement, after a $100 mail-in rebate (taxes & surcharges excluded). It can be purchased in all other Sprint sales channels, including Web sales (www.sprint.com), Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1), Sprint Business Sales, Sprint stores, national retailers and third-party dealers, Sunday, May 23.
The full press release is all linked up. More →
RIM just opened up the showroom doors to allowing for a quick meet and greet with the new BlackBerry 9650 and BlackBerry 9100. We brought our trusty SLR and have put together a quick image gallery of the new hardware for your inspection. The link is below…go head, click on over…you know you want to. Oh, and do let us know what you think. More →
So check it out… RIM’s huge BlackBerry hullabaloo, Wireless Enterprise Symposium, or “WES”, officially kicks off tomorrow in sunny Orlando, but that didn’t stop the Waterloo folks from busting out two — count ’em, two — hot new smartphones prior to all of the festivities. Wanna know what they are? Hit the jump to find out. More →