A lot of people have July 11th marked on their calendars, because that’s the date when the new Apple iPhone 3G will make its debut in Canada. The form factor is much the same as the first iPhone, but the new model does come with a few significant upgrades. Even so, it may or may not be suitable for business use. Some of us just can’t live without a physical QWERTY keyboard.
Well, it just so happens that another major mobile phone is getting released around the same time. The dates are still a little murky at this point, but we fully expect the BlackBerry Bold (also known as the BlackBerry 9000) to launch before the end of the summer. With the Bold, Research in Motion — the Canadian company that designs and manufactures BlackBerry devices — is combining enterprise-level functionality with the attractiveness of a consumer-level phone. There’s no denying it: the Bold the looks great!
Some of the key features that you will find on the BlackBerry Bold 9000 include quad-band GSM, tri-band HSDPA (3G), integrated Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP, trackball navigation, full QWERTY keyboard, HVGA color display, microSD memory expansion, 2 megapixel camera, GPS, media player, and all the BlackBerry smartphone applications that you’ve come to expect from Research in Motion.
For more information, check out the official BlackBerry Bold webpage. The phone should be available through Rogers Wireless in Canada and AT&T in the United States soon.