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BlackBerry Thunder gets pictured

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BlackBerry Thunder gets pictured
BlackBerry Thunder gets pictured
We first heard about the Thunder a month back, but today we get a face to go with the name. BGR has again gotten their hands on an exclusive picture of the device, and it's not too far off from their original mock-up. Physically the device is laid out pretty similar to current BlackBerries, minus the keyboard of course! It looks like there will be a left and right multi-function key, there will be the familiar four key cluster at the bottom- sans trackball this time- and the only difference is that there will be music controls at the top right corner, opposite the traditional device lock button placement. No new specs were given for the hybrid CDMA/GSM device, but it just got way more real. Verizon users, get excited!

source: BGR

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:42

1. mclifford81 (unregistered)


This is what its all about, first Alltel is bought out and now this, but wonder how it will hold up against the dare? Guess we will have to wait on the specs..

posted on 08 Jun 2008, 18:48

11. (unregistered)


the dare is a phone, this blackberry is smartphone. just because two phones are touchscreen, it doesn't make them competition..

posted on 21 Jun 2008, 14:57

58. (unregistered)


the blackberry is a hybrid so you could compare many of its features to to Dare.

posted on 27 Sep 2008, 17:40

62. (unregistered)


actually Nokia makes several phones (N series) that are much better in terms of camera, internet speed, battery life, functionality, memory, etc. than both iphone and blackberry. The problem is I can't find a service provider who will carry such high end Nokia phones in USA to offset the cost of the phone itself.

posted on 08 Jun 2008, 13:09

2. matrix2004 (unregistered)


This will give Steve Jobs sleepless nights!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Anyway, i'm still waiting to hear if RIM will be using thier 'multi-touch' UI that they were working on. I'm guessing that its ready, which is why they made this touchscreen Blackberry. AWESOME.

posted on 09 Jun 2008, 00:11

17. (unregistered)


Guess this will have to do until Verizon gets the iPhone (about 4 more years?)...hopefully Verizon won't drop the ball this time.

posted on 09 Jun 2008, 00:30

18. (unregistered)


Verizon Wireless will never offer the iPhone. Verizon was offered it first and turned it down. The primary reasons were that the phone could not support high speed data transfer, which was foolish. And Apple's strict marketing requires all maintence to be completed in an Apple store instead of what would have been VZW stores. And too, Apple wanted too much of profit from each phone. Those are reasons why VZW's financial stability is much much higher than everyone else.

posted on 09 Jun 2008, 10:27

25. (unregistered)


Think about it right after i phone launched verizon came out with the specs for any manufacturer to make handsets for them as long as it meets certain specs and tests. so when the exclusivity is over with att i can guess what apple will do.

posted on 09 Jun 2008, 13:06

26. DamonO (unregistered)


Why would Verizon want the POS iPhone? It's the first super popular "all touch" phone, yes. But the iPhone will not reign as the superior all touch screen phone. It's not even superior now.

posted on 09 Jun 2008, 13:07

27. Nice Try (unregistered)


Sorry but the open device offer doesn't include GSM handsets. Unless a CDMA variant launches, don't expect to see an i-phone on big red's network any time soon.

posted on 09 Jun 2008, 13:22

29. (unregistered)


i know it doesn’t include gsm i said in my first comment once the exclusivity is done. and at that point then apple will be able to develop one for cdma and with Verizon coming out with open device that gives them a road map to develop one and bypass helping i phone customers in the vzw stores sense it will be directly through apple

posted on 10 Jun 2008, 00:11

40. (unregistered)


yo, you stupid. have you looked at the new iPhone 3G updates??? it is like there is no update. all they really did was put 3G and GPS into the iphone and get more apps. that is all...

posted on 10 Jun 2008, 00:16

41. (unregistered)


What is the most "superior all touch screen phone" right now if it isn't the iPhone?

posted on 10 Jun 2008, 14:47

46. (unregistered)


that was the best thing i ever heard anyone say. *copy* im putting this on facebook

posted on 11 Jun 2008, 03:46

48. (unregistered)


As a business device? Perhaps the HTC Touch Diamond.

posted on 13 Jun 2008, 00:05

49. (unregistered)


um... the touch diamond isnt going to come to the US for a while... i think they said till the end of the year...??? and wouldnt you want a blackberry for a business device over the HTC Touch Diamond? i mean, really??? RIM BlackBerry controls over 50% of the smartphone market... and that is for a reason...

posted on 20 Jun 2008, 17:46

57. (unregistered)


Why are you talking about the upgrades to the iPhone? Who cares? Next time you comment, write something informative and part of the discussion, dumb@$$.

posted on 08 Jun 2008, 13:33

3. (unregistered)


dayum!!!! AT&T wha? Tmobile wha? Sprint wha?

posted on 08 Jun 2008, 13:42

4. (unregistered)


Verizon is just AMAZING now! I think I'd rather the Dare than this, though, because of my needs.

posted on 09 Jun 2008, 00:04

16. (unregistered)


your needs are... nothing? cause there nothing this bb can't do that the dare will be able to do.. PROBABLY

posted on 09 Jun 2008, 09:31

22. (unregistered)


hmmm....i KNOW the DARE has SPEECH TO TEXT, the BB probbaly wont

posted on 09 Jun 2008, 14:38

30. (unregistered)


someones a little cranky...

posted on 13 Jun 2008, 00:09

50. (unregistered)


hahahah!!! r u kidding me? you cant compare the LG Dare and the RIM BlackBerry Thunder. Those two are totally out of the same class!!! one is for power business-users and the other is for just regular people. 2) the LG Dare looks like shit! and no one really knows what the BlackBerry Thunder will look like, but it will probably be so much better. 3) if you want a regular phone, i suggest you wait for the LG 9700 or something like that. it is coming out in the 3rd quarter this year, and it is almost the same as the LG Prada (with a few tweaks)...

posted on 17 Jun 2008, 10:14

56. (unregistered)


Dude, the VX 9700 and the Dare are the same phone. Pay attention.

posted on 08 Jun 2008, 13:56

5. T-Money3000 (Posts: 244; Member since: 15 Dec 2007)


I wonder if this will be a global phone too or not.

posted on 08 Jun 2008, 14:24

6. (unregistered)


This is a Global Phone. CDMA/GSM both Verizon and Vodaphone is getting this phone and it's the same phone, same specs.

posted on 08 Jun 2008, 14:51

7. (unregistered)


i'm interested in 2 things.... a release date, and a look at the UI :)

posted on 08 Jun 2008, 16:06

8. FRESH (unregistered)


Finally an iPhone killerfor us verizonites!

posted on 08 Jun 2008, 21:45

15. (unregistered)


There is no iphone killer there will never be a iphone killer. The iphone is the best!!!

posted on 09 Jun 2008, 00:43

19. (unregistered)


Iphone is cool but the service sucks so whats the point of having a phone with no service and dropped calls?? And by the way, Iphone has no MMS...nuf said

posted on 09 Jun 2008, 09:17

21. (unregistered)


iphone is the best? maybe right now it is the coolest phone, but with VZW having the best network and coverage, the best customer service, the most subscribers, and now the best selection of phones ....VZW itself is going to eliminate the iphone. I phone has no insurance, no true warranty and no removable battery, no SMS or MMS , and is nothing but an Ipod Touch with minor phone capabilities.....the Voyager, the DARE and the Thunder are all going to be better than this, with the same type of touch technology. Can you say 100 million subscribers by the end of the year, death to ATT.

posted on 09 Jun 2008, 13:15

28. DamonO (unregistered)


Just to make sure you know SMS = Short Message Service = Text Messaging and the iPhone does have this capability. You are right about the MMS though. iPhone cannot sent multimedia messages

posted on 10 Jun 2008, 00:39

42. (unregistered)


I agree with almost everything except for the best selection of phones...compared to GSM phones, CDMA phones are lacking. However, I still prefer a better service over a "cooler" phone.

posted on 11 Jun 2008, 01:09

47. mthoren68 (unregistered)


Agreed. Anyone who factors a cell phone into how cool they think they are is a complete tool. "I have an iPhone, look at me!!!" So friggin' what? Nothing wrong with an iPhone if that's what you like, but the chodes on here who act like it's the end all/be all to make themselves feel better are pathetic.

posted on 13 Jun 2008, 00:11

51. (unregistered)


hahahhahaha!!! that was funny person who wrote #24. Have you seen the new touch screen phones avaliable in Europe? they would pown the iPhone so bad

posted on 14 Jun 2008, 21:14

55. (unregistered)


its 80 million. not 100 million.

posted on 08 Jun 2008, 16:33

9. Anomalies (Posts: 61; Member since: 08 Jun 2008)


From what I've heard about this phone from our data representatives(I'm a VZW rep), it will make the iphone look like a fancy paper weight.

posted on 08 Jun 2008, 18:00

10. (unregistered)


That is interesting, Anomalies. I am a data rep. w/VZW, and know nothing about! My Reg. Data Dir. is still trying to get more info. on this device!

posted on 08 Jun 2008, 20:17

14. Anomalies (Posts: 61; Member since: 08 Jun 2008)


What area are you in?

posted on 07 Sep 2008, 08:42

61. Vzw data rep (unregistered)


Just curious to see who your data sup is.. There is nothing being said about the Thunder. Would love to find out more tho

posted on 08 Jun 2008, 18:55

12. Sprint_2007 (unregistered)


FINALLY, they got rid of that STUPID trackball thing. Its about damn time, that was gettin old....

posted on 08 Jun 2008, 19:13

13. (unregistered)


it will certainly get interesting soon. I have a Pearl on VZW and an iPhone. This week is when I decide what my path will be. I find pros and cons with both however media is amazing on the iPhone.

posted on 09 Jun 2008, 00:47

20. (unregistered)


How's ATT's service vs. Verizon? I like the Iphone and all but that means alot. I've had VZW forever and never problems. WOuldn't want to switch just for a phone ya know...

posted on 13 Jun 2008, 00:14

52. (unregistered)


yea, i agree with #33. I have had AT&T, cingular, sprint, and verizon, and Verizon is by far the best (call quality and connectivity). wouldnt you want to have a service you can actually use... apose to the crappy service from the others where you cant even get service?

posted on 09 Jun 2008, 09:33

23. IamTheGodfather (unregistered)


The competition is crying right now, anyone who works in the cell industry knows how powerful the blackberry name is by itself....to be an exclusive touchscreen blackberry is making steve jobs cry in his milk right now.

posted on 09 Jun 2008, 09:43

24. (unregistered)


about time blackberry came out with a touch. i have been a big fan of blackberrys but never had one lol. well i am due for an upgrade in september and the thunder will be coming out around the same time....so it looks like i will be purchursing one for sure :)

posted on 09 Jun 2008, 14:52

31. (unregistered)


Don't get me wrong, I really love what VZW and RIM is doing here. This will probably be the biggest seller for them this year ( the Dare is a close second ). But Google's Android is really something to behold. I'm just imagining it on some of VZW's handsets. How great would killer "open access" software be on America's most reliable network? Think about it.

posted on 09 Jun 2008, 17:15

32. tim_from_at&t (unregistered)


wow, i never realized just how DUMB some of these verizon morons, really are . I mean its i applud the move of buying out alltel, but some of the stuff i am reading is just a joke. Do you morons forget that with AT&T being a gsm carrier, and Vodafone, also being a gsm carrier that if a AT&T customer wanted to they could buy the exact same blackberry that all of you are raving about and use it and not sign a contract?....wow....

posted on 09 Jun 2008, 17:32

33. (unregistered)


i believe what the comments are really pertaining to tim is that the high speed network for verizon is more readily available than at&t's network in the US. meaning it's more appealing to the person that travels to big and smalls cities, goes on vacation , etc.....yes, the blackberry is gsm/cdma capable . so it looks like "if " the exclusive tag is dropped from it...then anyone could purchase the device. but if it's not.....then only verizon customers will have ability to use the touchscreen blackberry

posted on 09 Jun 2008, 19:26

34. Anomalies (Posts: 61; Member since: 08 Jun 2008)


Dear Tim, did you realize that VerizonWireless and Vodaphone are brother/sister companies? Do your research before trying to post some glorified statement.

posted on 09 Jun 2008, 23:19

36. (unregistered)


The Blackberry 8830 is a Verizon/Vodaphone device that works on both networks... so why not unlock and activate that on AT&T.... oh... you can't... IT'S NOT QUADBAND GSM. Do you think Blackberry wont do the same with this phone? Verizon and Vodaphone will have the same phone, both CDMA/GSM Thunders.

posted on 13 Jun 2008, 00:17

53. (unregistered)


hahaha #46, you are stupid. there is a reason why Verizon has the most customers... and AT&T doesnt. Y would you want a phone that cant even get service (AT&T) when you can get one that basically always has service exept places like the Burmuda Triangle (VZW).

posted on 14 Jun 2008, 18:36

54. (unregistered)


tim from att. are you completely stupid? how are you going to activate a CDMA exclusive Verizon phone on ATT? Vodafone... largest in the world. Verizon.. Largest in the US. I think that all speaks for itself since Vodafone owns almost half of Verizon. Your opinion doesnt make sense and doesnt matter. How are your health benifits and $9/hour treating you at ATT? I would know. I USED to work for that awfull company. Please do not post again. Your an undereducated ATT rep with no morals and you dont care about your customers.

posted on 27 Jul 2008, 13:51

59. mattttttt (unregistered)


coming late to this thread but that was an epic att pwn. dare is selling tons right now and unlike att we can actually do math right and keep our inventory at the correct levels. when the thunder comes out it will be the best phone in the U.S. bar none

posted on 09 Jun 2008, 21:41

35. Nunya (unregistered)


you people are idots...there's no debate here, any phone, no matter how great will completely suck w/ vzw b/c they will lock it down!! So you could be using a laptop as a cell phone on verizon & in actuality it will be like using a motorola startac!!!

posted on 09 Jun 2008, 23:22

37. (unregistered)


you are an idiot for that analogy

posted on 10 Jun 2008, 00:04

38. vzw/att user (unregistered)


Some people are idiots.... If you take the time and search the internet, I'm sure you can find hacks, tricks, and tips on how to unlock certain features that are locked down by specific carriers. Remember, the reason for the carrier not unlocking all the features of a phone is to 1: save the carrier money, 2: most people won't use their phone to its full potential. 3: some of us just want to have all the features for bragging rights. 4: So what’s the big deal…? Hack the phone like most of us will do.

posted on 10 Jun 2008, 00:09

39. (unregistered)


wow, y'all r wack! first of all, this is a PHOTOSHOP!!! and not what it will actually look like. second, verizon is truely the best carrier because i have had AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon, and where i live, Verizon is THE BEST!!! although i must admit that their "menu" screen is slightly wack... but besides that, what is the point of a phone if you cant even use it to call/txt/email with it? third, this will probably be the best phone for verizon fo sho. y'all who think this phone is going to suck, just think of one word... BLACKBERRY... that is all that is needed to be said. (and if you are an idiot who knows nothing about cell phones/smart phones, BlackBerry is a POWERHOUSE when it comes to smart phones. BlackBerry is like the Rolls Royce of cars or the Rolex of watches) one mo thing... i have to give props to da iphone, and this will probably be the closest competitor because the iPhone 3G's new updates arent much. the only thing the new iPhone 3D improved on was integrating GPS and more games/apps. and all that stuff. in conclusion, these two phones will be REALLY close competitors, and i look forward to seeing how all this turns out.

posted on 10 Jun 2008, 01:08

43. (unregistered)


do you think this will have wifi or do you think i should stick with my htc mogual

posted on 10 Jun 2008, 10:01

44. Steve Jobs (unregistered)


yes..the Iphone does suck..All we added on the new one is the 3g..which is not even fully functional unlike *coughs* Verizon Wireless...and GPS...its still the same...and you knuckleheads will still purchase it anyways...so thanks in advance for my new million dollar home that I will purchase with your moneyeee...muwahahahah...

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