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“Will you buy the Rogers BlackBerry Bold?” (Weekly Contest)


Questioning Rogers Pricing of the BlackBerry Bold

So the news has finally broken on Rogers’ pricing for the BlackBerry Bold, due out next week on the 19th: $399 on a three year plan. I’d like to say it’s a surprise, but honestly at this point, we should be expecting this from Big Red, right? Andy Brown of Strategy Analytics already told us that enterprises won’t be taking the Bold, except as perhaps executive candy. And after the dirt-cheap Pearl and the mid-ranged iPhone 3G, Rogers has a gap in their “high-end prestige” demographic, which the Bold fills nicely.

The question then becomes: what do the rest of us do? Are we really willing to shell out $400 on a three year contract for the BlackBerry Bold? Has the wait been so unbearable that we’re willing to do anything for BlackBerry goodness at this point? Or do we have the guts to hold out until Christmas, hoping they drop the price a little? Maybe we should follow the advice of reader Jack Frost:

The trick is for people to complain and hold-out on buying the Bold. If demand is low, then they will lower their prices. Soon it will be cheaper to get a plan in the USA and pay roaming in Canada rather than sign a 3 year deal with Rogers.

Post a comment and let us know if you’re still planning to buy the BlackBerry Bold or if $50 for the Pearl 8220 sounds a lot more enticing. The person with the best comment will win THREE FREE GAMES FROM MAGMIC.

BlackBerry Cool WES 2008 Hangover


Sleepy BloggerWhile the rest of the BBCool crew is enjoying a well-deserved, post-WES holiday (what we call in Canada Victoria Day), I thought I’d put up a post for all those in the BlackBerry Cool Nation returning to work today. While there’s tons of content to see at our Best of WES page, I’m going to pull out the creme of the crop to help you get through the day.

Podcasts: We did four podcasts during the week, but three really stand out and should be listened to by everyone in the BlackBerry space. Why is that? Maybe because we interviewed a cadre of AAA BlackBerry developers, a top-level carrier VP, and an industry analyst who has covered BlackBerrys for ten years.

Podcast 1 — Every Laptop Left Behind Panel (Rove, WICKSoft, LiquidTalk)
Podcast 2 — Irv Witte, VP of Business Marketing, Rogers
Podcast 3 — Andrew Brown, Analyst, Strategy Analytics

Viigo Project Tango Sneak Preview and Interview: Basically everyone we ran into at WES told us they read BlackBerry Cool through Viigo. See why.

Zumobi and Unify4Life: One of the best things about WES is seeing cool new products that you can’t wait to own. Unify4Life and Zumobi (hi-res screenshots) were those products this year.

NJBlackBerry Talks IT Admin
: BlackBerry Forums hero NJBlackBerry talks like a kid in a candy store about all the great products and services for IT Admins at WES.

YouTube Videos: Want to see the BlackBerry Bold launch video? Want to know what wBloggin is? Go here.

Finally, EVERYONE wanted a BlackBerry Cool tee shirt this year. Don’t be left out.