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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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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!!

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