T-Mobile USA to offer BlackBerry Bold 9900 for $300? More expensive than dual-core Android smartphones?
Is Research in Motion into the Apple-esque style of putting a tag price?
A new leak posted by TmoNews is claiming that T-Mobile USA could offer the new BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900 under $300, but that is not contract free — and will include a ball and chain 2 year contract agreement.
According to the document, the new BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900, which is the GSM version of Sprint and Verizon’s Bold Touch 9930 will be priced $599.99 off-contract, while the price tag for the Bold 9900 with 2 year-contract is $299.99, and that’s only after a mail-in rebate.
This year’s holiday season is just a couple of months away and it looks like Verizon has quite a lineup prepared for your shopping needs. A source has provided IGN with a shot of an internal document that lists a number of upcoming devices and their release dates, some we already had a hunch about and others that have yet to be announced.
Among the list of devices and their release dates, one of the most notable is the scheduled November release of a Samsung Galaxy Tab P8, packing Verizon’s 4G LTE radio. Our source was unable to verify what the P8 is referring to, although the yet to be released Tab 8.9 comes to mind.
Fall is shaping out to be a busy time of the year for Canadian wireless carrier Telus with multiple smartphone models coming from Samsung, Research in Motion, and Sony Ericsson. In addition to earlier leaks that pegged the iphone 5 for an October 1st launch on Telus, and the BlackBerry Bold 9900 debuting on August 15th on RIM’s home turf, the Canadian carrier will be debuting multiple other BlackBerry models, an unannounced Sony Ericsson Android handset, and the entry-level Galaxy Ace smartphone from Samsung.
BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion hopes a series of new smartphones will snap the company out of a serious rut that’s seen it lose serious market share over the past year or more.
The Canada-based company, which has been synonymous with business-related mobile handsets over the years, has only teased us in recent weeks about new devices, all of which are expected to run on BlackBerry 7, the latest update to the company’s smartphone operating system. But a device “roadmap” leaked to Boy Genius – reportedly by a source at Telus – gives BlackBerry fans reasons to get excited. August could be a big month for the device-maker.
Three new Verizon Wireless high-end devices were shown in a newly leaked Verizon document that were sent to retailers for guidance on the minimum advertised price, or MAP. The list includes the Motorola Droid Bionic, which was confirmed by Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha to launch in September, the venerable and powerful HTC Vigor, which may succeed the HTC Thunderbolt, and an LG device that so far has yet to be revealed but is speculated to be a successor to the Netflix-enabled LG Revolution.
Interestingly enough, the leaked MAP document reveals the device names, but the screen shot does not reveal the pricing information.
So, Motorola has decided to skip August, and will release the Motorola Droid Bionic in September.
But, can the phone survive the iPhone 5 in September? (If the rumors are legit). Of course, but only if..
Motorola Droid Bionic is a popular phone, who doesn’t know that fact? Dual-core processor, larger than 4 inches screen, Long Term Evolution-equipped and the best part.. it’s a Google Android phone. But can this phone survive the market if Apple will release the iPhone 5 in September too? Yes it can.
Motorola Mobility saw a disappointing quarter and projected an even more disappointing outlook, but it did say that it had some new smartphones coming which observers say could revive its prospects.
The company did break revenue predictions, posting seeing a rise of 28 percent in the second quarter to $3.3 billion, yielding EPS of 9 cents per share. Analysts on average were expecting $3.12 billion in revenue and 6 cents per share in profit.
But for the current quarter, the company said earnings may be in a range from breakeven to 10 cents per share. That is below the average 24-cent estimate. For the full year, the company sees 48 cents to 60 cents per share, below the average 71-cent estimate.
Samsung Galaxy S 2 posted a new milestone as it recorded sales of 5 million units in 85 days.
The slim beauty which is yet to arrive in U.S. was earlier reported to have reached sales of 3 million units in 55 days.
Boy Genius Report showcased pictures of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S 2 on AT&T. Unlike the Samsung Galaxy S 2 currently listed on Samsung website the leaked photos shows a device with sliding QWERTY keypad.
While the Galaxy S 2 juggernaut continues to roll, there is a powerful phone in Motorola’s camp which is due to arrive by July 31, which has the potential to stop Samsung smartphone’s unabated march.
During Motorola’s quarterly earnings call today, CEO Sanjay Jha was surprisingly candid about the company’s upcoming products. He not only confirmed the timeline for the much anticipated and long delayed Droid Bionic, but he also revealed that the company has planned two new 4G LTE tablets to hit the market before the end of this year.
Recent rumors have suggested a September 1 launch for the Motorola Droid Bionic, which is expected to land on Verizon’s 4G LTE network. Jha confirmed the September time frame for the Droid Bionic but also adds that they have at least one other 4G LTE smartphone planned for this year. Additionally, the Webtop interface for the Atrix 4G could get some enhancements before the end of the year as well.
Apple’s next flagship phone, the iPhone 5, is rumored to arrive in September — and the Galaxy S2 for Samsung, Droid Bionic for Motorola and Sensation 4G for HTC are also expected to play major roles as the smartphone wars heat up this fall. That competition will serve to benefit the consumer, however, as smartphones are now getting increasingly better specifications.
The latest entry is Sony Ercisson’s first dual core smartphone, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Duo. It’s the company’s flagship device for the remainder of this year.