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The much anticipated BlackBerry Bold will be released in the United States next month

After numerous delays left consumers frustrated, Research in Motion (RIM) announced its Blackberry Bold 9000 smart phone will finally be released in the United States on November 4.

Even though it has been delayed several months, AT&T reportedly went back and retested the phone so it wouldn't have to deal with the 3G connectivity issues the Apple iPhone 3G bumped into in July.

The phone has a QWERTY keyboard, 2-megapixel camera, WiFi, 3G connectivity, Bluetooth, integrated GPS, and microSD card support up to 16GB.  It can be used both in the United States and across the world, with full-support in Japan and South Korea.

Interestingly, the phone has simultaneous voice and data ability, so owners will be able to easily check e-mails or text messages during a phone call.

"The development of the BlackBerry Bold smart phone was an ambitious undertaking, and we focused intensely on the things that are most important to mobile customers when developing this best-in-class smart phone for HSDPA networks around the world," RIM co-CEO and President Mike Lazaridis said in a statement.

The Bold will have to catch up with the Android G1 phone, which was recently released, and promptly sold out at many locations across the country.

The BlackBerry Bold will be available exclusively with AT&T, and will start at $299.99 with a new two-year contract. Analysts expect the higher retail price of the phone to make it more appealing to executives rather than consumers.  

It seems that reviewers and phone owners have had both good and bad experiences with the phone, although several phone service providers have stopped shipping the phone due to network problems.

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What about the Storm?
By Lord 666 on 10/23/2008 9:39:32 AM , Rating: 2
Heard its supposed to be released Nov 4 as well.

RE: What about the Storm?
By Spivonious on 10/23/2008 9:43:57 AM , Rating: 2
Those commercials are annoying. My wife (who works at a cellphone broker) says that all it is is a Blackberry with a touchscreen.

RE: What about the Storm?
By Lord 666 on 10/23/2008 10:06:34 AM , Rating: 2
The Storm can do Rev A data access while my current VZW Curve cannot. I use the tether option on my commute and any additional speed would be welcomed.

RE: What about the Storm?
By bribud on 10/23/08, Rating: -1
RE: What about the Storm?
By Spivonious on 10/23/2008 10:52:41 AM , Rating: 2
We're talking about the Storm, not the one in the article.

RE: What about the Storm?
By InvertMe on 10/23/2008 11:01:49 AM , Rating: 4
I love how people are so eager to point out that someone is wrong that they don't even take a second to reread the thread to see if they themselves are right or wrong.

Seriously 30 seconds of reading and you wouldn't have made this comment and looked like an idiot.

RE: What about the Storm?
By kkwst2 on 10/24/2008 3:34:50 PM , Rating: 3
To be fair, the post was somewhat hijacking the thread. The article was not about the Storm. The comments are for discussing the article.

Second, I find posts in which the main comment is in the title hard to read. If you don't read the title, the post doesn't make sense. The post should stand on it's own without the title.

For the length of that post, it should take 2 seconds to read, not 30. The only reason it would take 30 is because the meat is in the title and not the post.

RE: What about the Storm?
By silversound on 10/23/2008 12:29:34 PM , Rating: 2
This Bold is overpriced, who is going to get this while iphone is only 199 with 2-year contract?

Even storm should be at most 199 while at launch in my opinion

RE: What about the Storm?
By Diesel Donkey on 10/23/2008 4:44:20 PM , Rating: 3
The Bold has a keyboard.

RE: What about the Storm?
By foolsgambit11 on 10/23/2008 5:58:09 PM , Rating: 4
But this one goes to eleven....

RE: What about the Storm?
By cheetah2k on 10/27/2008 10:08:39 PM , Rating: 2
Both the storm and Bold look good, albeit a bit too plastiky for my taste. The keyboard would certainly be a selling point though for the bold.

All that aside, I'm gonna stick with my iphone 3g for now, but looking into the HTC Touch HD towards the end of the year as an option. The HD has such a beautiful crystal clear screen, and the form factor isnt too much bigger than the iphone

RE: What about the Storm?
By MADAOO7 on 10/23/2008 3:48:07 PM , Rating: 2
I don't see how you find the Blackberry commercials annoying, when you have the most irritating Samsung Instinct commercials playing all throughout the world series. I just want to stab whoever approved those.

RE: What about the Storm?
By Siki on 10/24/2008 3:51:23 PM , Rating: 2
As opposed to what, a Blackberry with a reactor and a ray gun attached? All Blackberry products are just Blackberry products. I vote your wife down.

RE: What about the Storm?
By omnicronx on 10/23/2008 11:00:53 AM , Rating: 2
Where did you hear that? I have heard the Storm is not even close to being ready for production.

RE: What about the Storm?
By Lord 666 on 10/23/2008 11:30:57 AM , Rating: 2
A VZW employee that has been correct two other times. That date now makes sense with the Bold release date being the same. With the Bold being an AT&T exlusive and the Storm is a VZW exclusive both carriers will have a hot product just in time for the holidays.

RE: What about the Storm?
By foolsgambit11 on 10/23/2008 6:11:57 PM , Rating: 2
Or it could be a matter of confusing the release dates for the two - you know, they heard Blackberry was releasing a new phone Nov 4, and thought they were talking about the Storm instead of the Bold....

I don't know why they would only announce the Bold if the Storm was going to be on the same day. Most of the time concurrent product launches are concurrently announced as well.

Pal Joe: "I Covet a Research in Motion Blackberry Bold"
- is an anagram for -
Roller: "Barack Obama Joseph Biden Election Victory"

November 4th? Coincidence? I think not.

RE: What about the Storm?
By robinthakur on 10/23/2008 12:07:57 PM , Rating: 2
Vodafone are heavily advertising the storm at the moment in the UK, so I can't imagine that it is far from being released. Having said that, what i've seen so far of the phone doesn't look all that impressive. It lacks a blackberry's major pro, a keyboard, and instead sports a sub-iPhone interface. Will wait and see though before predicting doom :)

RE: What about the Storm?
By tspinning on 10/23/2008 12:18:56 PM , Rating: 2
And I would say I've heard it's coming in Nov. this year! Our VZ rep (for a major university in Boston, MA) has let this out to some of our higher ups who are wanting new BB's. It won't bode well if this turns out false!!

RE: What about the Storm?
By on 10/23/08, Rating: 0
RE: What about the Storm?
By dubldwn on 10/23/2008 2:06:42 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, how about something more original, like FATCamaro?

RE: What about the Storm?
By Samus on 10/23/2008 10:07:40 PM , Rating: 3
Yell at the California company that came up with the name Blackberry for RIM because the key's on the original model looked like 'seeds.' The names are fine. If you want to complain about unoriginal names, consider the iPhone...iPhone 3G...yea, you see where I'm going...

Curve and Pearl are both appealing names, and both fit the devices profile/technology.

Bold is an ok name because it's a very advanced phone for RIM and has a lot of new stuff other phones don't have...even goofy things like a leather backing, which is an awesome idea because the phone wont slide around in your car with the additional grip.

Storm...I think the name fits the phones technology profile because it's going to be pretty powerful (624mhz xscale) which is the most powerful CPU RIM has used (except the rumor is this CPU will be in the BOLD as well...)

RE: What about the Storm?
By excrucio on 10/23/2008 8:18:33 PM , Rating: 2
Hah, i've heard as well...

Storm will be released for Verizon first in the US but will be released in EU for GSM/EDGE/3G

anyone from the US willing to put down 600 dollars can get it from the EU for Tmobile or ATT.

Such a stupid market strategy. Verizon is a good network, but the ones that buy phones like these are usually using the SIM CHIP...tmobile and att...bc most of EU uses SIM, if im wrong correct me...and i know in asia they use 3g which uses SIM...

Verizon uses "3g" but its CDMA poopy way to go 3g

This phone is sort of cheesy
By PKPunk on 10/23/2008 12:03:05 PM , Rating: 2
My coworker got one of these at the roll out party in San Francisco yesterday. This phone has the cheesiest back plate cover, it's a plastic fake leather back (right down to that 70's fake leather texture). Rumor has it they used this plate because the phone runs too hot, and it does run warm. The screen and battery are warm to the touch. I really haven't played around with phone much but my initial reaction was that the new LCD seemed to have a higher resolution than the curve which made web browsing and viewing e-mails much better. I didn't like the keyboard compared to the Curve, I don't like how all the buttons touch each other on this phone. This phone also offers HTML support so you can view full HTML web pages and e-mails but this feature isn't all great because the next OS for the curve will support these features. I think all in all this phone isn't going to get much as much attention as the curve. I think they'd have a bigger hit if they just added 3g to the current curve.

RE: This phone is sort of cheesy
By robinthakur on 10/23/2008 12:12:20 PM , Rating: 2
Whilst this is a big improvement on the 8800, on the curve, I agree with you by and large. The screen is way better than its progenitors as its actually bonded to the plastic screen lens, which would explain why its hotter. Functionality wise it is way better all round with the browser being much more responsive and actually useful. Build quality all round is far beyond the usual sturdy yet plasticky BB's I've used. It just feels more sturdy and polished now. Love the fake leather back, its just what executives want :) Having said that it doesn't touch the iPhone for non-corporate use, so make of that what you will.

By RubberJohnny on 10/23/2008 7:00:57 PM , Rating: 2
I've had this phone for about 2 months already (i'm in Australia) the faux-leather looks good in my opinion and stops the back from getting scratched...the last firmware upgrade for the curve added HTML emails, it came out about 3 months ago too so you're a bit behind the times mate ;)

The buttons are fine being so close together, the corners on each key are raised so you NEVER hit the wrong key. Best qwerty keyboard on a phone EVER.

RE: This phone is sort of cheesy
By ATC on 10/24/2008 10:00:44 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe it's just me but I absolutely love this phone and this is coming from someone who had a Curve and briefly had a 3G iPhone before exchanging it for the Bold through Rogers wireless.

I've had this phone now for 5 weeks and here are my thoughts on it:

The screen is just gorgeous. It's razor sharp and viewing angles are very good.

The KB is excellent. Much better than the Curve IMO. The size, layout and spacing is just perfect for my hands. It's actually hard for me now to mistype.

The plastic leather-like backing is actually nice and grippy. The black-silver accents makes it look retro (in a good way). But I started using the BB rubber Skin so now I don't even get to see or touch that leather-like backing. Also, my copy never got hot even while on a 30 mins call while viewing emails and PDF attachments at the same time.

Battery life is impressive compared to the iphone, especially after RIM's .162 firmware update. I no longer have to recharge the battery every night and I'm a relatively heavy user.

The camera for stills and video is very handy. Picture quality is better than I ever got out of my previous cell phones in terms of sharpness and colour, but it certainly won't replace your digicam.

Reception and call voice quality is excellent in both 3G and EDGE coverage. Push email and notification profiles work much better than on the iPhone.

The sound quality and usability of the speakerphone are great. Also, using good quality ear phones, music sounded better than my iPod nano.

The Bad:

The screen, while super sharp and crisp, is too small for HTML web viewing. It's perfect for email/text/WAP though. Also using the scroll ball for scrolling is a bit of a pain compared to the touch screen interface on the iPhone.

Streaming Youtube videos at times appear blocky and pixelated (very poor visual and audio sync quality) to the point that it was almost useless being able to view them. Videos that aren't streamed over the network are a different story; they are very good.

Overall, it's a great phone and well worth the asking price IMO. By far the best Blackberry I've ever used.

By 91TTZ on 10/23/2008 10:38:04 AM , Rating: 1
That's not a bad thing, as Dells usually look nice.

By omnicronx on 10/23/2008 11:02:46 AM , Rating: 2
.. The iPhone is also black and silver

Where is 3.5G AT&T
By punchcore47 on 10/23/2008 9:54:02 AM , Rating: 2
I read this new RIM Blackberry had the new 3.5G network, wonder when its coming out.

It is not a touchscreen
By Chudilo on 10/23/2008 10:07:14 AM , Rating: 2
This is the Bold not the Storm.
The bold has a nicer screen, then the previous models, much faster graphics performance (nicer menus and such) and a Usable browser. It's also wider and thicker then the Curve, making it just a little to big to be comfortable in your hand.

My friend already has one from abroad.
It's a significant improvement over the curve from a functionality standpoint but it's no iPhone for a non-buisness user. I think G1 has better potential for that. But I think Android still needs some work.

The G1
By Alias1431 on 10/23/2008 11:49:30 AM , Rating: 1
I have this phone. It is awesome.

RE: The G1
By jimbojimbo on 10/23/2008 1:12:56 PM , Rating: 1
Thanks for posting that information on the forum about the Bold. Makes a lot of sense.

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