If you were a bit shocked by Monday's news that Google was shelling out a cool $12.5 billion for Motorola Mobility, we don't blame you in the least. Indeed, the acquisition was unexpected considering Google has spend its life building anything other than hardware. The changes for consumers, Android's Nexus line, the supply of mobile patents, and the smartphone market as a whole will be momentous. What's more, it effectively means the end of a somewhat struggling company that not only was an early supporter of Android, but also did much to build the cell … Read more
commentary The BlackBerry Bold may be out of the smartphone game before it even gets into it.
T-Mobile USA said today that it will sell RIM's latest flagship phone, the BlackBerry Bold 9900, for $299.99--after a $50 mail-in rebate. That follows the Verizon Wireless and Sprint Nextel variant of the smartphone, the Bold 9930, which will retail for $249.99 at both carriers.
But when the bar for a vast majority of smartphones--even high-end ones such as Apple's iPhone--is set at $200, and you go over, that's a problem. For RIM, the premium price is going … Read more
Google and Motorola Mobility's impending nuptials may be grabbing a huge amount of newsprint this week, but Research In Motion is doing everything it can to assert its presence in the mobile world as well. First it released the first BlackBerry OS 7 devices with Verizon's BlackBerry Bold 9930, AT&T's BlackBerry Torch 9810, and Sprint's BlackBerry Torch 9850, and tonight T-Mobile finally got around to spilling the release details for its BlackBerry Bold 9900.
We've had the pleasure of playing around with the Bold 9930 for a day or so, so we'll cut to the chase: the BlackBerry Bold 9930, and by extension, the Bold 9900, is the best Bold handset BlackBerry has ever made. It is a wonderfully sculpted device that marries curves with stainless steel, and high-quality glossy plastic with soft touch bezels. We admittedly rolled our eyes at RIM's claim that it is the thinnest BlackBerry ever, but the device's slender profile does add to the phone's sleek and elegant aesthetic. We're also very happy … Read more
RIM clearly intends the Torch 9810 to be the budget-friendly handset in its BlackBerry OS 7 handset lineup. AT&T has just e-mailed us to let us know that the Torch 9810 will retail for a very affordable $49.95 after the usual rebates and two-year contract. It will be on sale on August 21.
The Torch 9810 is essentially a successor to the Torch 9800 from last year. It ships with OS 7 and has improved features like a 1.2GHz processor, a richer display, voice-activated universal search, a 5-megapixel camera with 720p HD video recording, HSPA+ speeds, … Read more
Verizon Wireless announced today that the Bold 9930 will be available for $249.99 after a two-year customer agreement. The phone will be initially offered online starting today, and in stores starting August 25.
Hours later, and Sprint followed suit with a similar announcement that its version of the Bold 9930 will also be priced at $249.99 after a two-year agreement. Sprint also announced it will be selling the BlackBerry Torch 9850 for $149.99 after the usual two-year contract. Both the Bold 9930 and the Torch 9850 will be available on Sprint starting August 21.
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It seems August 21 might turn out to be a pretty busy day for Sprint. Not only is the carrier releasing the Samsung Conquer 4G that day, it might be also be launching the BlackBerry Bold 9930 and the BlackBerry Torch 9850, according to a leaked document spotted on SprintFeed. The document claimed Sprint priced the Bold 9930 at $249.99 after a rebate and a contract, while the Torch 9850 would sell for less, at $149.99 after a similar rebate and two-year contract.
Research In Motion is slated to launch its first QNX-powered BlackBerry, code-named Colt, in the first quarter, according to a report today.
The timing of the launch is still conditional on the testing process, according to Boy Genius Report. Also of note, the blog reports that the first phone won't feature support for the BlackBerry Enterprise Server because of the complexities of rewriting the BES code for the new software. Instead, it will feature access to Microsoft's ActiveSync e-mail software.
The new timetable suggests an accelerated schedule for RIM, which has previously said it expects to have a … Read more
Bonnie is returning an important assignment in Toronto this week so our new colleague in CNET News, Roger Cheng, joins us to talk new BlackBerry phones, prepaid carriers, and Android rumors. Formerly of the Wall Street Journal, Roger works with Maggie Reardon in New York to cover the wireless industry from all sides. Also in the podcast, I call Jessica by Bonnie's name, Nicole rules the review roost, and we give Roger a crash course in our weirdness.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video)… Read more
Research In Motion gave us more than a bit to think about this week when it debuted three new devices with the BlackBerry Bold 9900, Torch 9810, and Torch 9860. Bonnie Cha came away with mixed impressions following her hands-on time in Toronto, but of course we'll wait for our full reviews to give our firm opinions.
Though the new devices don't break new design ground, they do promise new features with BlackBerry OS 7. Whether that will be enough to rescue BlackBerry from its current doldrums remains to be seen, but in the meantime BlackBerry fans are … Read more