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 →
Thank you may I have another? Today, Salomondrin has decided to jump in on the BlackBerry Bold 9780 video fun. The blogger has posted up a seven minute video showing off the hardware and software of the not-so-secret 9780. Hit the jump and check out the video if you’re interested. Enjoy!
If you can’t wait until Tuesday to see what BlackBerry 6 is going to look like, blog driphter.com may have something for you. The blog posted a five minute video of an unreleased BlackBerry 9780 — the purported successor to the Bold 9700 — running BlackBerry OS 6. The video gives us a little taste of what the new WebKit browser and spiffified interface are going to look like. If you’re excited — and judging by our poll yesterday, a lot of you are — hit the jump, we’ve got the video all queued up for you. More →
Leaked signage from a Roger’s source suggests that the BlackBerry Bold 9700 has literally hit rock bottom. According to the placard, the Bold 9700 will be on sale for $0 with a three year customer agreement. It remains to be seen whether this price drop is a temporary sale or a more permanent means to move inventory in anticipation of a bigger and better Bold on the way. Regardless of the reason, customers eying the original Bold as a backup phone or an introductory phone for a BlackBerry virgin would be wise to snag one when the price hits zero. More →
Crackberry has several sources who claim that the BlackBerry 9800 will launch with a new moniker; the Torch. It was originally thought that the full-QWERTY, slider phone would join the 9000, 9650, and 9700 in the Bold family (for us, putting it in the Storm line would have made more sense). The rumor is further substantiated by the fact that the domain name blackberrytorch.com was registered last April by Research In Motion. What do you think? BlackBerry Torch. You like? 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 →
Alright, BlackBerry fans, this is truly something to get excited about. Building upon the excitement generated this weekend by a slew of new images of the upcoming 9800 slider, a video walkthrough of the device today cropped up on YouTube. The video does a pretty good job showing off the device and some of the features of the BlackBerry 6 OS and is only 3 minutes and 39 seconds in length, so the way we see it, you really have no reason for passing this by. We mean, RIM is pretty much guaranteed to have the video pulled in quick order. Oh, and notice the AT&T splash screen? We told you.
Can’t get enough BlackBerry slider action? Well today’s your lucky day, as a bunch of new images of the handset have leaped out by way of TheBerryFix. Showing off what looks to be a late prototype / early production model, the images give us a pretty good glimpse of not only the handset itself, but some of the new niceties of the BlackBerry 6 OS including a virtual QWERTY keypad, a clone of Cover Flow in the media player, and, of course, the much-hyped WebKit browser. Anyone else excited to see this sucker launch on AT&T during the June/July timeframe? Click on through for a few more pics.
T-Mobile just officially announced what we’ve all heard for a pretty long while — they’re going to be adding some summer colors to their BlackBerry lineup starting today. First up is the BlackBerry Curve 8520 in Fuchsia Red. It hits T-Mobile’s retail stores and online today and will retail for $49.99 with a two year service agreement. In terms of the big boy toys, T-Mobile is rolling that luxurious-looking BlackBerry Bold 9700 in “Flash White”. That device will start to become available on May 26th for the same price as the current 9700, $129.99 with a two year agreement. Lastly, T-Mobile’s BlackBerry 9700 OS upgrade that just became available will be pre-loaded on the new Casper Bolds out of the box. We’re not complaining. More →