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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 on 10/23/2008 1:44:28 PM , Rating: 0
Anyone else these RIM needs help in marketing? The names Bold, Storm, Curve, etc are stupid and cheesy sounding. I don't care for SMARTphones since I'm too stupid to use them ;)


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...)


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