BlackBerry Bold 9780 Hits Stores in November
BlackBerry Bold 9780 will be available from various carriers around the world, RIM announced today. The Bold 9780 will be the company's first smartphone running on the BlackBerry 6 operating system.
In an attempt to update its staid line of smartphones, long the favorite of corporate America, the new Bold 9780 offers a speedier interface and integrated social networking and email, thanks to OS 6 . Additional memory has been added as well. The Bold 9780 has 512MB installed memory, which is expandable to 32GB with micro SD card. RIM also touts a faster and more powerful browser, integration between BlackBerry's proprietary instant messaging service and Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, Wi-Fi connectivity; plus a 5-megapixel camera.
What's missing? The latest, faster Wi-Fi "n" standard ― Bold 9780 specs read 802.11 b/g only. No touchscreen, just a 2.44-inch display and BlackBerry's signature full QWERTY keyboard.
Earlier this week, RIM launched a new version of its mobile Facebook app that includes the option of a dedicated inbox for Facebook messages, giving equal treatment to Facebook as a user's Gmail, Outlook or other email service receives. In the previous version, Facebook messages were added to the BlackBerry inbox.
Bell customers in Canada will see the Bold 9780 on Nov. 2 for $499. T-Mobile has also announced pricing and availability — the Bold 9780 will launch on November 17th for $129.99 with a new 2-year contract and $50 mail-in rebate. AT&T, which stocks the current BlackBerry Bold phone, is expected to follow suit.
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