BlackBerry News: BlackBerry Bold 9700 launching on domestic and European GSM carriers in November


The BlackBerry Bold 9700 has finally been announced. Details have been leaking in about the “Onyx” for months and most of the seem to be true in hindsight. The BlackBerry Bold 9000 successor rocks a Tour-like keyboard but ditches the trackball in favor of a little trackpad like in the Curve 8520. The camera has been upped to 3.2MP and the screen is now a 480 x 320 display. Just like the Storm 2, the 9700 runs BlackBerry OS 5.0 and all the goodies are included like threaded messaging, updated BB Messenger, and BlackBerry Maps.

Best of all RIM is launching the phone to nearly every GSM carrier in North America and Europe in November although International carrier-specific pricing is hard to come by right now. That will probably change in a day or two though.

AT&T has announced that it will sell the phone for $199 after a $100 mail-in rebate, and T-Mobile is expected to follow suit although it’s press release doesn’t mention a price. What it does mention however is that the phone will be able to make unlimited calls off of WiFi for $10 per month, which is something AT&T is slowly accepting too although it seems that AT&T’s flavor will lack that ability.


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T-Mobile Puts Sidekick Sales On Hold

Following the massive Sidekick data disaster, T-Mobile has halted all sales of the mobile device on its web site and reportedly also in retail stores.

Danger, the company that makes and operates the Sidekick data service, experienced intermittent data problems last week that appear to be the result of a faulty-systems upgrade.

On Saturday, T-Mobile and Microsoft (which owns Danger) issued a statement informing customers that all data not on the local device is almost certainly lost. This includes contacts, calendars and pictures.

The data-disaster has also raised lots of questions about the data security of cloud computing. After all, if a company as large as Microsoft could lose so much important data, what does that say about smaller firms and solutions? T-Mobile says it will release a more concrete statement later today on the causes and potential options for Sidekick customers.

In the meantime, if you have a Sidekick with data that is not backed up elsewhere, be sure not to reset your device or run-down the battery until a new solution for saving your data is implemented.

Should T-Mobile permanently stop selling the Sidekick or is this sort of disaster not worth killing an entire product? Let us know!