As I mentioned in our podcast, last week I was contacted by theStreet.com’s Priya Ganapati regarding the 8800’s release date. Well, looks like she’s got the piece online, just as the official word dropped last night. She’s calling the 8800 (well, she’s calling it the “Indigo”) a mood-changer, and that this device will finally get RIM out of the $128-$137 price range it’s been sitting at on the market.
“Indigo is an important evolution because it offers refinements that make it probably more attractive to business users who also want a device to suit their personal needs,” says Michael Abramsky, an analyst with RBC Capital Markets.
Customers for the 8800’s initial launch are likely to be Cingular/AT&T and Rogers Communications – one of Canada’s largest telecom service providers.
That’s why the invite for the RIM-Cingular party could signal some good news, says Steve St. Pierre, editor of BlackBerry Cool, a Web site that focuses on news related to the device.
“RIM is having a special event similar to when the BlackBerry 8700 was released [in November 2005] ,” he says. “So it gives us reason to believe that an announcement of the 8800 may be coming soon — while Rogers could release the device in early March.”
Does this make me a C-list celebrity in BlackBerry world? Maybe I’ll start showing up on CelebrityBlackBerrySightings.com. The article goes on to give a pretty solid rundown of where RIMM is headed in the stock market, and even namedrops the “Crimson”, giving no details other than what we know already.