Rumor: New touch-screen BlackBerrys on the way

Research In Motion is preparing a GSM version of the BlackBerry Storm touch-screen phone as well as a new touch-screen device that sports a full QWERTY key pad.

Research In Motion's latest phone, the BlackBerry Storm, is only about a week old, and the blogosphere is already churning up the next set of BlackBerry rumors.

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First on the list, The Boy Genius blog reported Friday that RIM is preparing a 3G GSM version of the touch-screen BlackBerry Storm. Currently, the Storm, which was released last week for Verizon Wireless' network, only works on CDMA-based 3G, or third-generation, networks.

But now, The Boy Genius is reporting that RIM is making an HSDPA version of the phone, which means that it could operate on AT&T in the U.S. and Rogers Communications in Canada. The GSM version of the phone, which is being called the BlackBerry 9900 Pluto, is expected to look a lot like the current BlackBerry Storm, the blog said. There's no word on an exact launch date, but The Boy Genius blog said it expects RIM to announce the phone at the Wireless Enterprise Symposium in May.

But that's not the only RIM rumor going around. The blog also said that RIM is preparing to launch a new touch-screen BlackBerry that will include a full QWERTY key pad. The device is said to have many of the same specifications as the BlackBerry Bold . But it's supposed to be similar in size and feel to the BlackBerry Curve .

There has been no mention yet of a launch date for the new touch-screen BlackBerry, so stay tuned. My colleague Bonnie Cha and I will keep our ears to the ground on this one and report tidbits of impending new devices as they pop up.

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Marguerite Reardon has been a CNET News reporter since 2004, covering cell phone services, broadband, citywide Wi-Fi, the Net neutrality debate, as well as the ongoing consolidation of the phone companies. E-mail Maggie.

 

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