Will the CDMA version of BlackBerry Bold hit Sprint shelves soon?

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Will the CDMA version of BlackBerry Bold hit Sprint shelves soon?
Poor Sprint. They look to the left and see AT&T selling the BlackBerry Bold. Turn to the right, and the BlackBerry Storm is flying out Verizon's door. But as though an after-holiday wish is coming true, rumors are rampant that the CDMA version of the Bold, named the Niagara, is going to be on sale by Sprint during this quarter. If the document that was leaked last month is correct, this handset will be the BlackBerry 9030, running on Sprints' EV-DO Rev. A network with HSPA for global roaming. The Niagara is expected to have a new browser and media player along with a high resolution screen (480x320), Wi-Fi, a 2MP camera and of course, a QWERTY keyboard. Contract price is expected to be in the range of $249-$299.
 
As we reported earlier, another variant of the Bold, the 9900 Pluto, is rumored to be heading to AT&T in this year's second quarter. The Pluto is expected to be a touchscreen version of the Bold with a physical QWERTY.
 
Whether it is a touchscreen Bold or a Storm with a slider and Wi-Fi, if all this talk comes to fruition, there could be a model to suit everyone in 2009. What do you want to see on a specific BlackBerry model?

via: EngadgetMobile

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14 Comments

1. gbelk08

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 02, 2008

A storm with a slide-out keyboard would be pretty amazing. But for me it's other things like a 5MP camera, and an app store. Oh, and Verizon, don't take wifi away, that's just not playing nice.

12. Big Red

Posts: 101; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

"Poor Sprint. They look to the left and see AT&T selling the BlackBerry Bold. Turn to the right, and the BlackBerry Storm is flying out Verizon's door." And if they look across the street they see Blackberry Pearl Flips at the T-Mobile store. At least they have that cool new iDEN Blackberry right?

13. BigKippa

Posts: 12; Member since: Sep 14, 2008

Who cares about a Blackberry Peral flip anyway? What a terrible idea.

2. Fan_of_Fanboys

Posts: 101; Member since: Nov 13, 2008

gbelk, While I agree and hope to see a BB on VZW network with wi-fi I will point out again no CDMA carrier currently has a BB w/ wi-fi. VZW has taken nothing away.

3. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

there is little point to a wifi on a CDMA network. the data coverage is far far far superior to that of GSM networks, therefore the need for wifi is greatly diminished for most everyone, exept those few that want to hop on their home networks for whatever reason. wifi is a catch up device. that being said, i would love to see a touch screen BB w/ a qwerty. that would be my ideal phone. Getting the storm tommorow, but i am going to severely miss my voyager's keyboard.

4. stuntz

Posts: 178; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

If you want a slide out keyboard touch screen and wifi, go buy a HTC touch pro. you do realize blackberry doenst really wanna make a touch screen device, but they did because they were giving a big check for it.

5. The Godfather unregistered

huh??? that didnt even make sense stuntz.

6. The Godfather unregistered

also to be noted, this device could be bought full retail from sprint and unlocked on to vzw network, we just did 2 instinct, took about 2 weeks to get done completely, but with that open device policy, if it meets the specs, we can switch it over. I am certain the Bold will meet VZW specs.

7. Midnight

Posts: 14; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

or you could just wait a month for vzw to release it.

14. DonLouie

Posts: 594; Member since: Dec 22, 2008

Why say all that money for a phone to unlock it just to have only voice and text work?

8. sprintrep

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 04, 2009

umm.... the new blackberry 8350i actually has wifi, just thought i let ya know.

9. sprintrep

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 04, 2009

and yes its on iden

10. Charlie unregistered

I know I'm going to sound really stupid, but isn't the Niagara the CDMA version of the Curve 8900, not the Bold?

11. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Jupiter is the nickname for the CDMA 8900 Curve. Main difference being the Niagara will global roaming.

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