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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

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