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BlackBerry 9000: please stop

November 23rd, 2007 at 1:01 PM

OK, seriously, stop. Stop rehashing old news which we exclusively broke and had the whole internet in a tizzy from. You’re not saying much that hasn’t been heard. In fact, you are a little misguided. Why? We heard Research In Motion is working on a touch screen device. That doesn’t mean the BlackBerry 9000 will feature a touch screen. In fact, I would guess that it will NOT feature a touch screen on launch. It is fairly obvious the BlackBerry 9000 will be a series, just as there was the 5000 series, the 6000 series, the 7000 series, and more recently the 8000 series (very creative, eh?). If you think RIM ís going to do away with a physical keyboard, which is their bread and butter, you’re crazy. We’re looking at devices that will feature the legendary standard QWERTY/QWERTZ devices (yes, we included Germany with that reference), the absolute technological breakthrough of SureType, and possibly a device in the family that will include a touch screen. Insider scoop? So your guesstimate on release time frame might be the only thing original you said, although even that was gathered from internet blogs, such as ours.

Technology insiders and analysts are humorous to say the least. They have been replaced with the likes of internet blogs run by teenagers and forums that feature all enthusiasts. For the likes of Carmi Levy, whomever he is, to come out as an authoritive figure on the subject and re-hash dated information that will likely never see a launch (at least in 2008), we find it humorous. There’s a big difference between publishing information on a blog website that circulates news and insider information – sometimes rumored information from inside the walls of Canada’s most popular and rich company that may be years away from birth – versus someone who’s supposedly an industry analyst that is reporting matter-of-fact information to a reputable industry news website.

Carmi, we can’t wait for that Curve with Wi-Fi to be released, either. That’s some serious clairvoyant abilities you have.


Jonathan Geller is the founder of Boy Genius Report, now known as BGR, and one of the biggest tech & mobile destinations in the world.

BGR was acquired by leading digital media company PMC in April 2010 and Jonathan is President and Editor-in-chief of BGR Media, LLC. Jonathan was named to Forbes' coveted 30 under 30 list in 2016, and frequently appears as a commentator on news channels such as CNBC, Fox News, ABC News and Bloomberg.

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