BlackBerry 9800 Slider to be introduced next Tuesday?

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BlackBerry 9800 Slider to be introduced next Tuesday?
Nothing like getting an invitation to a party. And this one is bound to be a special event because of the possible guest of honor. Next Tuesday, August 3rd, AT&T and BlackBerry are getting together for a soiree. As the invite states, the door opens at 10:30 am with the festivities starting at 11am. The guest of honor? How about the drool producing, highly anticipated BlackBerry 9800 touchscreen/slider now seemingly called the Torch. This is the handset that RIM is heavily counting on to put BlackBerry in the same ballpark as the iPhone 4, and Android, webOS and Windows Phone 7 models; prior to this device, one could argue that not only was BlackBerry not in the same ballpark as those handsets, they weren't even playing the same game.

Now, the BlackBerry 6 OS features more multimedia capabilities, and a WebKit browser that takes a back seat to no other. With the new browser offering tabbed pages, "pinch-to-zoom" support and fast and accurate rendering speeds, the BlackBerry Torch 9800 is going to give some cellphone buyers a tough time deciding which phone to buy. No longer will the iPhone or Android be a lay-up. From what we have seen of the BlackBerry 9800, it is an elegantly styled, well crafted device that not only looks good, but can hang with the best of them when it comes to video, surfing and other multimedia action. And with the Bold-esque QWERTY keyboard, this phone is something that BlackBerry fans have dreamed about for a long time-a touchscreen phone that features an outstanding BlackBerry keyboard. By Tuesday afternoon, that dream could be reality. The last time we reported on the model, the speculation was that the phone would be launched August 15th on AT&T and this party would dovetail perfectly with that launch date. Could anything spoil the party? Just try not to mention BlackBerry App World until the guests have all departed.

source: BlackBerry




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7 Comments

1. Daryl209

Posts: 18; Member since: Jul 27, 2010

Once again...a great phone on a crippled network....

2. RS9568

Posts: 13; Member since: Jun 22, 2010

they must be doing something right to land these phones.

3. YouLostTheGame

Posts: 441; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Yeah it's called throwing money at RIM for it. Has nothing to do with doing something" right".

4. joey18

Posts: 668; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

sprint has better phones and tmobile why verizon why why

5. c3money88

Posts: 18; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

IMO RIM is screwing themselves the way palm started out. RIM wants to play catch up in the multimedia dept. with consumers but they are launching exclusively on one carrier? How can launching your most anticipated device since the storm on one network? Not only that but on a carrier that is the Iphone carrier...the same carrier that just stated to be the premier carrier for WP7? I understand they launched the storm exclusively on verizon but at that time the competition was not there besides apple. The one thing that blackberry should be thankful for is everyone knows what a Blackberry is and wants to own one because of the name just like apple. If Blackberry wants to be more than an enterprise smartphone release your new software and phone on all carriers.....Sorry for the rant but AT&T has no coverage where i live cept interstates so exclusive deals are aggravating.

7. ibap

Posts: 867; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

All of the carriers have "exclusive" phones. They just re-name them. Even the skins for the Touch Pro 2 on Sprint and the ATT variant are not exactly the same. The Sprint and VZW TP2's have slightly different keyboards. They're all "exclusive" - but rarely to the extent that the iPhone is on ATT. Blackberry's models are indicative of which carrier they are for - so it will be the 98## on another carrier, and the 9800 will be "exclusive" to ATT. ATT doesn't have the coverage I need where my daughter goes to school, so they are not even in consideration. I need this phone on Sprint!

6. omgoshphones305

Posts: 19; Member since: Jul 21, 2010

I am mad that verizon is not getting this phone...to be honest that would have swayed me from getting the x as I am a current and avid blackberry user. sucks doesn't? but gsm easier to produce and market globally apparently

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