The BlackBerry Bold finally launched in Canada this week, but spotty attendance at Rogers outlets and potential 3G coverage issues could rain on the parade. Best Buy and Future Shop are getting their stock imminently, and it may be up to them to salvage the situation in RIM’s home and native land. The BlackBerry 8220 and BlackBerry 8210 that were once known as the Kickstart have begun popping up on a few sites, potentially confirming the mid-September launch date. We go over all these stories and more in this week’s BlackBerry Cool Podcast.
Listen to the BlackBerry Cool Podcast: Episode 38
- All about the BlackBerry Partners Fund (audio interview): We talk with Rick Segal about the $150 million BlackBerry Partners Fund – namely what they’re looking for, how they work, and what developers can do to get in touch.
- The Ultimate BlackBerry Bold Review: BlackBerry Cool brings you the most complete BlackBerry Bold review on the Internet.
- Rogers BlackBerry Bold Unboxing: The first official snaps of the BlackBerry Bold in North America are here! Check out the unboxing!
- Rogers BlackBerry Bold shows up in online store, but not in reality: The BlackBerry 9000 is now showing up in the Rogers online store, but whether your retail outlet has the devices is another story…
- Rogers giving away BlackBerry Bolds for launch contest: Win one of ten free BlackBerry Bolds, just sign on for updates!
- Early BlackBerry Bold reports of poor 3G reception: Word has it the BlackBerry 9000 isn’t doing great picking up 3G. Is this a hardware issue, or carriers dropping the ball on coverage?
- BlackBerry Bold launches in Ecuador and Turkey: Movistar, Porta, and Turkcell should all be offering the BlackBerry 9000 real soon-like.
- 3 Mobile UK launches BlackBerry Bold: 3 Mobile UK now has the BlackBerry 9000 in store! Swing on by your retailer to scope it out.
- Singtel launching BlackBerry Bold soon: The launch party is next week, so we can count on Singapore getting the BlackBerry 9000 real soon-like.
- Telstra BlackBerry Bold launches for business customers: Telstra’s BlackBerry 9000 is now free for business customers, but will be costing anyone else around $999 on a two-year plan.
- BlackBerry Kickstarts pop up on Expansys, featuring PTT!: UK retailer Expansys is listing the BlackBerry 8220 and BlackBerry 8220 for pre-order, and gives us some specs.
- Rogers accidentally lists BlackBerry 8220 in game deck: Whoopsie, someone from Rogers put the BlackBerry Kickstart up on the games page a little early.
- Student Starter Pack for back-to-schoolers: Cram and StudentDocket are now bundled together for only $25. Even if you’re on a student budget that’s a steal!