RIM’s new BlackBerry Bold smartphone has been officially released in its first country.
Any guess where it might be? The US? Maybe the UK? How about RIM’s home country, Canada?
No, no, and no. The first country to get the Bold is…Chile.
At the equilavent of about $588 US dollars WITH a 2-year contract it’s a bit on the really, really expensive side but, well, they are first.
New BlackBerry Bold release dates have hit the Internet, and it looks like some carriers will be making their customers wait a bit.
According to info obtained by BlackBerryNews.com, release dates for different carriers will be as follows:
- July 29 – Rogers
- August 1 – Vodafone UK
- August 4 – T-Mobile Germany
- September 1 (or later) – AT&T
- Sometime in September – O2
Their info says that the Rogers and T-Mobile Germany dates are firm, while the others may slip a bit. In the UK, Vodafone won’t officially say anything except that it will launch before November 1, so the August 1 date is a rumor.
The upcoming BlackBerry Bold smartphone has been getting lots of attention and since BGR has had one for a few weeks now they’ve reviewed it and now posted a video of the Bold in action so you can see what it’s like.
It’s interesting looking at some of the comments by people who have seen the video…for a handset that has had so much buzz, a fair number of people are turned off seeing it in action.
Check out the video for yourself here.
In what looks like the first BlackBerry Bold review to hit the Internet, BGR has been testing the Bold for a month now and while it’s not perfect, they do go as far as to say that “this is the device every single BlackBerry user has been waiting for.”
Once the Bold boots up (which apparently takes in the neighborhood of three minutes) the familiar Setup Wizard will help you configure your Bold and get you going.
While it’s operating the handset will get a bit warm, but not enough to worry about. And the display? “The most vibrant, color-rich, sharp screen we’ve ever seen on a mobile device.” Unfortunately, its plastic and seems a bit easy to scratch so keep that in mind if you’re the stuff the phone in the pocket type of user–you’ll want a screen protector or proper case for it.
The keyboard is nice and seems to be a mix of the 8800 and Pearl keyboards. The size is good and the keys are relatively firm, but nicer feeling than the keyboard on the Curve. BGR did find, though, that the send, BlackBerry, back and end keys are unusually large and can be a bit awkward to use.
The keyboard also has a backlight, but unlike the Curve the entire keyboard doesn’t light-up, just the accents, letters and symbol keys.
From the data side, the Bold supports 3G and Wi-Fi and both seemed to work as expected. But, if you’re hoping for Flash support with the browser looks like you won’t find it here. The browser is improved from previous versions, but no Flash support.
The OS with the Bold is version 4.6, which BGR says is “99% the same” as previous versions of the OS. Some tweaks to make some things easier to use, but nothing really significant in their poking around.
All in all, they found the loved the Bold and the sound and call quality was excellent. For [a lot] more info, check out BGR’s full review here.
The upcoming BlackBerry Bold smartphone by RIM has shown up in the FCC database, so you’re not dreaming–it’s almost here.
The FCC’s info is public so you’re welcome to browse the files on RIM’s filing for the Bold but if you’re expecting to see a plain English you’re looking in the wrong place–a lot of it is high-level hardware nerd stuff and not really meant for the general public.
Take a look at the exhibits here if you’re interested.
According to BlackBerry maker RIM, the upcoming BlackBerry Bold smartphone is not delayed is on tracker a summer delivery.
At a press event, RIM public relations director Erik Van Drunen said that “we didn’t say anything about ‘July’ or ‘August’…it will be available in August.”
When asked about the rumored overheating problem, Van Drunen said “I don’t know where that’s coming from at all…it is performing well and meeting all of RIM’s stringent requirements for bringing the product to market in partnership with our carriers.”
According to a new rumor about the upcoming RIM BlackBerry Bold smartphone, its launch has been pushed back until sometime in August because of a software bug.
According to the rumor, there is a software bug that is causing overheating and poor battery life. So much so that AT&T won’t certify it yet.
According to BGR it is still coming to Canada’s Rogers, though, so if you’re desperate to be the first person in your office to have one looks like you’ll have to head to Canada.
UPDATE: RIM has responded to the rumor and said that it is NOT delayed and is on track for an August release, also pointing out that they never said it would be out in July. Check out the details in this post.
RIM’s BlackBerry Internet Service, or BIS, will be receiving an upgrade on June 28th to version 2.5.
Included in the update will be support for:
- HTML email
- Over-the-air updates
- Calendar improvements
You’re device will need to support the new features before you’ll be able to use them, so if you’re planning on pickup up the upcoming BlackBerry Bold you’ll be in good shape.
The upcoming BlackBerry Bold is expected to hit AT&T in the US sometime in July (although August is still a possibility), but according to a couple of tips Boy Genius Report received the Bold could be hitting Rogers Wireless in Canada even sooner.
If this is true hopefully we’ll have official confirmation from Rogers soon.
A LOT of people are very excited to get their hands on the Bold, which apparently went in to production a while ago and its software build is extremely stable, so when it comes out is apparently completely up to the carriers at this point.
Curious about RIM’s upcoming BlackBerry Bold 9000? AT&T has posted a new info site about the upcoming smartphone.
Features of the Bold for AT&T will include:
- Simultaneous voice and data on HSDPA or Wi-Fi
- Support for GPRS/EDGE/UMTS/HSDPA
- Integrated Wi-Fi and GPS
- Half-VGA 480 x 320 LCD display
- 1GB of on-board storage
- Side-loading memory slot
- 624MHz processor and 128MB of flash memory
- Bluetooth 2.0
- 2 megapixel camera with video recording, built-in flash and 5x digital zoom
- New acoustic design for improved listening and clarity
- Voice Activated Dialing (VAD) and noise cancellation technology
- Support for global voice roaming in more than 200 countries and data in more than 145 countries
Great feature list for this highly anticipated smartphone. No official release date yet but hopefully it will be sometime next month.
For more info check out AT&T’s BlackBerry Bold info site here.