March 7 release date for Rogers 8800?

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As much as I hate putting those darned question marks on the headlines, I really have to in order to cover my tracks until the news is confirmed. We’re grabbing this info from a post on BlackBerry Forums by a new user named “jgudnas” who says that they’ve got the release date for the BlackBerry 8800 on Rogers after sitting down with a representative from Research In Motion.

“Just had a breakfast with the RIM rep for rogers out here in Calgary. Held a shining new 8800 in my hand. Release is scheduled for March 7 / 07, which means rogers dealers should have avail within a few days of that date. Wi-Fi is probably another 6 months down the pipe for rogers, to coincide with infrastructure roll out.”

Seems legit to me, but we’ll wait until official confirmation until we get all excited (and why even get excited with the lack of wifi?). The poster also thought to ask the RIM rep about the 9XXX series, and all they got in return was a blank stare. So there you have it. Rogers customers, you can start camping out now.

  • Dan

    Why would WiFi need infrastructure changes at Rogers? Are they trying to come up with a way to charge us to use our own Wifi?

  • Dan

    Why would WiFi need infrastructure changes at Rogers? Are they trying to come up with a way to charge us to use our own Wifi?

  • Crimson

    Probably, Rogers is already overpriced when it comes to BB packages. I was paying $60/m (1MB/m) just for BB Data but I removed the data package for now.
    I’m sure they will want to make more money in some way with wi-fi. I don’t know how they will do it, maybe some resident program monitoring it.
    I wonder if we can buy an unlocked unbranded 8800 from RIM?

  • Crimson

    Probably, Rogers is already overpriced when it comes to BB packages. I was paying $60/m (1MB/m) just for BB Data but I removed the data package for now.
    I’m sure they will want to make more money in some way with wi-fi. I don’t know how they will do it, maybe some resident program monitoring it.
    I wonder if we can buy an unlocked unbranded 8800 from RIM?

  • John Angry

    Edit:, 8800 no wifi, 8820 with.

    Hey, at least we already have the possibly highest data costs in the world. $30 american for unlimited downloading wirelessly in the states. “25MB €15″ on vodafone ireland. $450 canadian on telus, for i think 10mb. Around the same on Rogers.
    This stagnates growth for small businesses. The CRTC is on the take, and all these “competitors” we have in canada are in cahoots with each other. No doubt.

    Also, a dandy is that in England, you sign up for a moderate price plan for your phone, for a year, and you get the $700 phone free. Here we PAY for the phone, and get 3 years of rogers. What value!

    Once again, i long for the day for rogers to dissapear. my canadian wireless providers are a bunch of Losers and thieves.

    peace

  • John Angry

    Edit:, 8800 no wifi, 8820 with.

    Hey, at least we already have the possibly highest data costs in the world. $30 american for unlimited downloading wirelessly in the states. “25MB €15″ on vodafone ireland. $450 canadian on telus, for i think 10mb. Around the same on Rogers.
    This stagnates growth for small businesses. The CRTC is on the take, and all these “competitors” we have in canada are in cahoots with each other. No doubt.

    Also, a dandy is that in England, you sign up for a moderate price plan for your phone, for a year, and you get the $700 phone free. Here we PAY for the phone, and get 3 years of rogers. What value!

    Once again, i long for the day for rogers to dissapear. my canadian wireless providers are a bunch of Losers and thieves.

    peace