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
TORONTO--To celebrate the announcement of the new BlackBerry OS 7 devices, RIM put on a special event for BlackBerry fans tonight to come check out the new models. Select media were also invited, and of course, we jumped at the chance to get a closer look at the BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930, BlackBerry Torch 9810, and BlackBerry Torch 9850/9860 because despite all of RIM's recent woes, we want to see the company succeed and offer compelling and competitive products.
From what we saw tonight, there's good news and bad news. The good news is that these new … Read more
commentary If you're thinking about picking up one of those fancy new BlackBerrys, let me explain for a minute or so why that may not be a very good idea.
Research In Motion finally answered the pleas of the BlackBerry faithful for a new device with a promotional blitz today, announcing multiple phones for different carriers around the world. In the U.S., AT&T has committed to selling three BlackBerrys, including a next-generation Torch, the touch-screen version of its smash-hit Bold phone, and a touch-screen-only phone called the Torch 9860. Sprint Nextel said it too will be … Read more
RIM has been busy today, with not only the release of three new BlackBerry 7 OS devices for AT&T, but two more for Sprint.
They are the RIM BlackBerry Bold 9930 and the BlackBerry Torch 9850. Both phones boast the latest BlackBerry 7 OS that promises better performance, plus a 1.2GHz processor and 5-megapixel cameras.
Both devices also feature RIM's new "Liquid Graphics" technology that promises to deliver faster speeds and a better touch-screen experience.
Other features include voice-activated universal search, augmented-reality experiences with BBM 6, and a list of preinstalled apps that include BBM, BlackBerry App World, BlackBerry Balance, BlackBerry Protect, and more. … Read more
Though you can't shake a smartphone this summer without hitting someone writing a BlackBerry obituary, AT&T is not even close to attending a funeral. Today, the carrier announced that it was adding three new BlackBerry devices to its roster, starting with the BlackBerry Torch 9810 later this month. It's all very good news for worried BlackBerry fans, who could see seven new handsets from the manufacturer through the end of 2011.
Sprint might soon be phasing out a few of its older products in favor of newer models, if this leaked end-of-line listing from Sprintfeed is any indication. The most notable handsets on the list are the HTC Evo 4G and the Samsung Epic 4G, which were released about a year ago. The Evo and the Epic are set to end in September and October, according to the document.
Other phones that will apparently get the ax are the BlackBerry Bold 9650, BlackBerry Curve 3G, BlackBerry Style, Samsung Seek, Samsung Transform, Sanyo Innuendo, and Motorola i1. Hopefully this means we'll see updates for these devices soon!
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Verizon made a bit of a boo-boo this morning and accidentally revealed the BlackBerry Bold 9930. It was unveiled in the "Explore Features" video on the product page for the BlackBerry 9650; instead of a movie of the 9650, viewers were treated to a sneak peek of the 9930 instead. That video is now no longer available, but Engadget managed to snag a rip of it.
That, along with RIM's recent news that it'll soon release OS 7, leads us to believe the Bold 9930's release is imminent.
Revealed at BlackBerry World earlier this year, the BlackBerry Bold 9930 has a 1.2GHz processor, a 2.8-inch touch screen, a super-slim profile, a larger keyboard than before, and BlackBerry 7 OS. Even though BlackBerry 7 doesn't look dramatically different from 6, the device might be sleek enough for loyal BlackBerry users to stick with RIM. What are your thoughts about the new hardware?
Research In Motion promises to give more details about devices featuring the BlackBerry 7 operating system tomorrow.
RIM announced on its official Twitter feed that it would release details tomorrow of forthcoming devices featuring the company's new operating system:
You got it! New #BlackBerry devices are coming w/ our new OS, BlackBerry 7! Check back tmrw 4 deets on #BB7FanNight. ^CH
RIM unveiled its BlackBerry 7 OS at its annual BlackBerry World conference in May. The revamped mobile OS promises easier navigation through its Liquid Graphics interface, as well as faster, richer graphics performance and browsing. The latter is … Read more
RIM CEOs Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis announced at this week's annual shareholder meeting that the company plans on releasing seven new OS 7 BlackBerry smartphones in the near future. They didn't go into specifics, but we assume the handsets would include the phones that have been announced, like the Bold 9900 and the Bold 9930. We also suspect the list would include a few leaked devices, like the 9860, the 9850 Monaco/Monza, a Curve Touch, and more.