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BlackBerry Makes a Bold Debut with the 9000

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May 12, 2008, 8:00 AM   by Eric M. Zeman
updated May 12, 2008, 9:12 AM

Today Research In Motion announced its next-generation smartphone, the 9000 Bold. The Bold is the first 100% new smartphone from RIM in over a year. It has brand new hardware, but keeps the bar-style form factor, QWERTY keyboard layout and the trackball for navigation. It features tri-band HSDPA 3G radios for international 3G roaming, along with 802.11 a/b/g Wi-Fi and built in GPS. Global roaming includes Japan and South Korea, a first for a BlackBerry sold in the U.S. A 624MHz processor powers the device, and it has 1GB of on-board memory, plus a microSD slot for expanded storage. It has a half-VGA display that RIM says is "fused" to a lens, making images and graphics appear richer. It comes with a 2 megapixel camera with flash and a reworked media player. The media player can run slide shows, as well as play movies. The music player has been enhanced with an equalizer, and it has stereo speakers, as well as supports stereo Bluetooth. Lastly, the Bold comes with RIM's latest operating system, which has a reworked menu structure and different look and feel compared to current BlackBerries. Pricing information was not announced, but the Bold will be available through AT&T later this summer.



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May 15, 2008, 3:24 PM

New name

Let's call this one

The MotoBerry Q

May 12, 2008, 7:21 PM

future of blackberries...

hopefully next year we will see a bb from sprint with wimax built in!!!! 😁
thats if sprint is still around hahaha

May 12, 2008, 6:35 PM

How Much?

How much will this phone retail for with contract and no contract?
the same price as your mom.... 🀀

May 14, 2008, 10:14 AM

This is fn awesome!!

Does anyone have a realse date? 🀀

May 12, 2008, 2:05 PM


why will the only come out through ATT? what a monopoly!
gms is bigger throughout the world, so generally manufactures release gms models first, i.e., att had the curve for a year, and sprint/vzw just got it. if i had to pick a gsm companie in america to give it to first, it deffintly would be att not t-mo
same reason why verizon got the voyager and a few others...DA

May 12, 2008, 9:00 AM


I'm sure when Verizon get's their hands on the CDMA version of this they will cripple the GPS & Wifi then knock the camera down to 1MP for no reason.
...and probably only offer it in one color while every other carrier has it in four.
good guess, since verizon doesnt have a blackberry (or 2) with gps and 2mp camera
VZW Curve:
2MP cam
Streaming video and video capture (not offered on att)
wifi and gps haven't been available yet...only one or the other

VZW Pearl
2MP Cam
Video capture
wifi and gps haven't been available yet...only one or the other.


May 12, 2008, 10:56 AM

"It features tri-band HSDPA 3G radios..."

When are these manufacturers going to start shipping phones with QUAD BAND HSDPA??? Remember... Some carriers are going to be using AWS 1700 HSDPA. πŸ‘Ώ
Im just glad RIM finally got on the the 3g train.

May 13, 2008, 10:37 AM

Touchscreen BlackBerry "Thunder" going to Verizon??

Anybody know for sure?
Yes. Verizon has an exclusivity contract on the thunder that will remain in place as long as the phone meets certain sales quotas while being distributed on big red.

May 13, 2008, 9:09 AM

Will it run Opera

I need Opera to use my companies website. Mobil IE ect will not work. Anyone know? I have an 8820 now and can not run opera. Mini version is not usable because it won't allow pop ups.

May 12, 2008, 8:31 AM

Looks like a cross between

a BB Curve and a Motorola Q

Still looking forward to its release though.
That's what I said! LOL

I'll keep my Palm OS. It's more user friendly!

May 12, 2008, 10:33 AM

Wow, new specs

Pretty impressive... processor twice as fast, twice as much ram, a gig of memory, higher resolution screen. An upgrade done right.
I agree.
The specs look nice but the size of the screen looks pretty small, if it was larger I would consider it.

May 12, 2008, 9:33 PM

1700 band

Pc magazine says it has T-mobiles 3G band....so it looks like it wont take to long to come to t-mobile....
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,2302315,00.asp »

May 12, 2008, 12:07 PM

this should make you laugh, off topic

i was noticeing a little bit of tention on here and thought i would try to get a laugh or smile out of everyone. i was on engadget and someone posted something comparing the iphone and the voyager, saying the touch screens are the same lol. like i said a lil off topic, but funny none the less. hope it made someone laugh 🀣

May 12, 2008, 12:56 PM

views of a corporate user

I've been a trusty Blackberry user for over 3 years now. Until last year, nothing can compare to the efficiency, ease of use, and symbolic upperclassmanship that my Curve and 8703e commanded wherever I went for business or pleasure. I've even gotten comfortable with taking it out and thumbing along just to show off. It just makes me feel good.

But for the last few months I've noticed less and less stares, even casual ones, when I'm thumbing on a train or sending out a message before a flight. The stares are going more and more to the uppity iPhones now. Those thingomajig toys with the predictive text capabilities or what have you.

The office where I work is running a test pilot from hq on the iPhones with the new push email. I don't kn...
Why on Earth would anybody want a touch screen keyboard when they have a physical one?

May 12, 2008, 4:41 PM

Vs E71

I was thinking about getting a Nokia E71 when it comes out but this is giving me pause. I've been an S60 guy for the past three years and have never used a BlackBerry. But for whatever reason, I've been itching to try one for recently. If I can get an unlocked one or if RIM releases the Bold on T-Mobile with the AWS relatively soon, I may have to try this out.
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