RIM is a Canadian company so it was no surprise that Canadian carriers Bell, Telus and Rogers were the first to get RIM’s latest and greatest BlackBerry device, theBlackBerry Bold 9900. However, we know that the latest Bold won’t just be limited to the Canadian borders and will be launching worldwide over the course of the next few months.
And today, it has reached the shores of the United Kingdom as Vodafone has announced that it is now available on its network even after it’s pre-order page stated that it wouldn’t be available until August 16th. Four days early is nice in the world of smartphones, believe me.
Are you Canadian? Do you love BlackBerry phones? Are you having trouble holding out for the newBlackBerry Torch 2? Well have no fear, hockey fans! Rogers stores across Canada have already started stocking the Torch 2! That’s right–the official release date for the BlackBerry Torch 2 is August 12th and, last time I checked the old calendar, that’s tomorrow! If you absolutely cannot hold out until tomorrow, or want to be the first goalie on the block to light up the arena with a Torch 2, call your local Rogers store and see if they’ll sell you one early. The BlackBerry Bold 9900 is available now at Rogers, so see if you can slip the delivery guy a Canadian nickel and score a Torch 2 under the radar.
With RIM’s interim BlackBerry 7 handsets out in the wild, attention has shifted to the real subject of a potential BlackBerry renaissance: the upcoming QNX BlackBerrys, phones built on RIM’s new platform for the 2010s. Boy Genius Report (BGR) says the first devices are coming out early next year, which jibes with what I’ve been hearing for the past several months.
RIM’s U.S. market share is declining, but there are still plenty of things people like about BlackBerrys: their great keyboards, their enterprise manageability and security, and their focus on messaging, for instance. And the QNX OS in the BlackBerry PlayBook has promise, although it fell down at launch because of missing features and trouble with things like memory management.
With the constant drip-drip of Android, Windows Phone 7 and iPhone news inflicting a kind of Chinese water torture on poor old Blackberry, the Canadian giant finally cracked and announced three new smartphones at its ‘biggest ever’ event last week.
The Bold 9900 (its premium QWERTY messenger), Torch 9850 (touchscreen-only successor to the Storm) and Torch 9810 (follow-up to the original Torch, with a slide-out QWERTY) all run Blackberry’s new OS 7 and will be available in the next month. But are they good enough to hold the Android hordes at bay?
Blackberry Torch 9850
News Analysis: New BlackBerry 7 devices will be released by three carriers within a few weeks. The new devices, with touch-screens paired with QWERTY keyboards and a new all-touch model, deliver fresh approaches that might enable Research In Motion to stem its market-share loses.
Research in Motion’s rather low-key announcement of its OS7 devices belied the importance of the new BlackBerry devices to RIM’s recovery. The new devices include an all-touch-screen version of the Torch, a touch-screen version of the Torch with a slide-out keyboard and a new, super-thin version of the Bold. At least three major carriers in the United States will sell these new devices in the coming weeks.
New BlackBerry From AT&T and Sprint
Sprint and AT&T are planning to offer new BlackBerry Smartphones. These Smartphones will be launched in the latter part of 2011. The 5 new BlackBerry models will run on the BlackBerry 7 OS and not on the QNX software. Research in Motion (RIM) stated that the Smartphones will be 2 Bold and 3 Torch models.
Which New Blackberry Models To Sell?
Yesterday in London, RIM (Research in Motion) has announced 5 new Smartphones that will be available in markets later this month. These new Smartphones include BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930, Torch 9850/9860and Torch 9810. All of these handsets will run on manufacturer’s own BlackBerry 7 operating system and will be released in arrangement with carriers and distribution partners around the globe.
Research in Motion unveiled five new BlackBerry phones on Wednesday, a move the company touted as its largest global product launch ever. But RIM partners think the move to launch the phones without the QNX operating system could spell more trouble for the struggling company.
The five new BlackBerry phones RIM released yesterday include two BlackBerry Bold models, the 9900 and 9930, and three BlackBerry Torch units, the 9800, 9850 and 9860. According to RIM, more than 225 carriers around the world are in various stages of certifying with RIM to carry the units.
TORONTO–To celebrate the announcement of the new BlackBerry OS 7 devices, RIM put on a special event for BlackBerry fans tonight to come check out the new models. Select media were also invited, and of course, we jumped at the chance to get a closer look at the BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930, BlackBerry Torch 9810, and BlackBerry Torch 9850/9860 because despite all of RIM’s recent woes, we want to see the company succeed and offer compelling and competitive products.
Phones 4 U and Carphone Warehouse have revealed mid-August release dates for the new BlackBerry 9900 RIM handset.
Phones 4 U said it will begin selling the BlackBerry 9900 on August 19 free on a £35 per month contract with a “range of networks”. Customers can already pre-order the 9900 from the Phones 4 U website on both Orange and Vodafone.
The retailer said it also plans to sell the two other devices from BlackBerry’s new handset range, the BlackBerry Torch 9860 and BlackBerry Torch 9810, but has not revealed pricing or availability.