Expansys offers BlackBerry Thunder for preorder for split-second

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BlackBerry Thunder

Can’t wait to get your hands on the touchscreen BlackBerry? Well, it may be here sooner than you think, since Expansys is now offering the BlackBerry 9500 on preorder. No word on pricing, but we do get a feature list. Any surprises? For one, miniUSB, not the microUSB that the BlackBerry Javelin seems to be carrying. The format may just be a one-off in order to save room, rather than a new standard for all BlackBerrys. It looks like Wi-Fi is only available in 802.11g, no a or b, so older flavours will be left in the dark. There’s also no mention of a camera, for anyone wondering. The rest of the info is pretty much old hat: it’ll be launching with OS 4.7, quad-band GSM plus 3G of the HSDPA variety and Bluetooth 2.0. Bottom line is if this is up for preorder now, it seems likely that the launch date will be before the end of August, as told by Verizon’s visual voicemail roadmap.

UPDATE: Looks like the pre-order has been pulled. Jumped the gun a little bit, eh, Expansys? No worries, we got a screen capture behind the jump just to prove it happened.

(via TrustedReviews)


BlackBerry Thunder in Expansys store

Network:
- GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 (Quad-Band)
Messaging:
- SMS
- MMS (with video)
- E-mail (POP3, SMTP, IMAP4, BlackBerry)
Memory:
- Phone Book (unlimited)
- Dialled Calls
- Missed Calls
- Received Calls
Call Features:
- Hands Free
- Caller ID
- Voice Dialling
Connectivity:
- miniUSB
- Bluetooth (2.0)
- Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11g)

Package Contents:
- BlackBerry 9500
- Battery
- Stereo Headset
- Data Cable
- Mains charger
- User guide
- Software CD

  • Lance G.

    I guess I’ll be switching to verizon to get this phone. forget the bold when you can have a B Phone….lol. It’s like the best of both worlds.

  • Lance G.

    I wish tmobile could get this phone. If it’s gsm, Why wont tmobile have it?

  • Lance G.

    I guess I’ll be switching to verizon to get this phone. forget the bold when you can have a B Phone….lol. It’s like the best of both worlds.

  • Lance G.

    I wish tmobile could get this phone. If it’s gsm, Why wont tmobile have it?

  • http://www.blackberrycool.com/ BlackBerry Cool

    Lance, like the BlackBerry 8800, the GSM component is supposedly only to give it ‘World Phone’ roaming capabilities.

    That’s why it seems so weird to me that a UK site is offering a pre-order for a supposedly Verizon exclusive device that actually hasn’t been announced yet.

    How long before this gets pulled?

  • http://www.blackberrycool.com BlackBerry Cool

    Lance, like the BlackBerry 8800, the GSM component is supposedly only to give it ‘World Phone’ roaming capabilities.

    That’s why it seems so weird to me that a UK site is offering a pre-order for a supposedly Verizon exclusive device that actually hasn’t been announced yet.

    How long before this gets pulled?

  • DavidB

    Took less than an hour to get pulled.
    I suspect Expansys had it wrong, that Thunder would be “Quad band GSM”. I can’t even fathom Verizon allowing RIM to produce a device for them to sell exclusively and it have USA GSM capability. UNLESS Verizon thinks they can keep it locked down well enough for it to still be usable when they transition to LTE (starting 2009?).

  • DavidB

    Took less than an hour to get pulled.
    I suspect Expansys had it wrong, that Thunder would be “Quad band GSM”. I can’t even fathom Verizon allowing RIM to produce a device for them to sell exclusively and it have USA GSM capability. UNLESS Verizon thinks they can keep it locked down well enough for it to still be usable when they transition to LTE (starting 2009?).

  • AlexM

    Actually, isn’t this phone supposed to be for both Verizon and Vodafone? That way it isn’t so weird that a UK site would be selling it for pre-order.

  • AlexM

    Actually, isn’t this phone supposed to be for both Verizon and Vodafone? That way it isn’t so weird that a UK site would be selling it for pre-order.