There is quite a bit of anticipation towards the launch of the new Blackberry 9800 slider phone from Research In Motion. Earlier this week, there were speculations that the new slider phone from RIM could be launching in the UK market around the September or October of this year and could be carried by Vodafone. The price in UK has not been revealed so far.
However, the price of Blackberry 9800 Torch slider in the United States is coming to light. A New York City based mobile retailer, Mobile City Online, has already opened up his stores for the pre-order of the new Blackberry 9800. According to the retailer, the slider handset shall be available at a pre-order price of $599.99 though the official price is claimed to be $699.99. In this case though, we do not have an estimated time of arrival.
Nevertheless, if you are an anxious BB fan, why not go ahead and pre-order one yourself?
This one’s listed under the rumors section (yes, there’s one on Go”Rumors”). Research In Motion’s new Blackberry 9800 Slider phone could be making its debut in the UK market by the September or October of this year. And the carrier, as you read in the title, could be Vodafone. Though the device is a GSM/CDMA device, the handset is expected to primarily be available only on GSM.
Look deeper and the rumor sounds all the more spicier. Vodafone UK also owns the Verizon Wireless network in the US. A possible launch of Blackberry 9800 Torch Slider on Vodafone in UK could then also possibly hint at a Verizon launch in the US. Now, Verizon is a CDMA network but that should not be much of a worry for this handset.
We still have a month or so before the rumors are confirmed. No word on the price as yet. But expect the tariffs at least to be very similar to the other Blackberry devices out in the market.
We have heard rumors about the upcoming slider phone from RIM earlier.While earlier rumors were based solely on leaked images and the technology behind it, we are now hearing that the new Blackberry Slider with QWERTY keyboard could be launched exclusively on the Sprint network.
This comes after leaked pictures of the phone that sported the Sprint logo on it were released. Additionally, folks at BGR have confirmed from their sources that this upcoming Blackberry device could be numbered as 9900 and 9930.
What’s more, expect the launch to take some time. The sources have also reportedly claimed that the new slider handset failed 4 out of 5 times in initial diagnostic testing. So, it could be a while before all the issues are sorted out.