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Rogers BlackBerry Bold drops to $299 October 1st

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Oh jeez, all those Rogers BlackBerry Bold early adopters just got RickRolled iPhone’d. No more than 6 weeks after initial launch, Rogers will be dropping the price of the BlackBerry Bold from $399.99 on a three-year contract to $299.99 on a three-year contract.

While it’s hard to look a cheaper Bold in the mouth (especially with the reduced Rogers data plans coming the same day), I know there are a lot of Rogers BlackBerry users asking ‘why now?’ Are BlackBerry Bolds not selling as briskly as Rogers would like. Does this have something to do with the ‘hero campaigns’ Jim Balsillie mentioned during RIM’s investors conference call?

Maybe the most important question: if enough Rogers subscribers complain, will they get a refund? Post a comment and let us know what you think.

OtterBox BlackBerry Bold cases now available

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otterbox blackberry bold defender cases

Regular readers of BlackBerry Cool will know that we’re big fans of the OtterBox BlackBerry cases. Today is a great day for OtterBox users who have already moved on to the BlackBerry Bold: OtterBox has now officially released BlackBerry Bold Defender Series cases! Expect our full review to come soon, but if they’re anything like previous OtterBox cases, they’ll be well worth the $50 pricetag.

BlackBerry Bold Defender Series Cases

AT&T BlackBerry Bold launch party website appears

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AT&T BlackBerry Bold Launch Party

More encouraging news for AT&T subscribers today. In addition to the October 26th Best Buy launch date, AT&T has now posted a registration page for six different BlackBerry Bold launch parties, running from October 15th to the 30th.

So take heart, AT&T subscribers. It looks like you should have your BlackBerry Bold before halloween!

AT&T BlackBerry Bold Launch Party Registration

BlackBerry Bold to reach Japan by early 2009

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Japan BlackBerry Bold

Word coming straight out of Tokyo is that RIM is looking to release the BlackBerry Bold in Japan by early 2009. While the average Japanese person has smartphones that are lightyears beyond ours, with cold fusion and laser support, RIM’s COO Donald Morrison sees a huge opportunity in the enterprise space:

“The challenge for us is to get our products localised,” he told Reuters on the sidelines of a briefing to introduce the Bold in Japan. “Once they are localised and pass the certification, the opportunity, particularly in the enterprise base, is an essentially still wide open market.”

NTT DoCoMo is already selling BlackBerry in Japan and in addition to the BlackBerry Bold, plans to almost double its smartphone line-up to 10 by next year to tap growing demand for phones with computer-like capabilities. For our friends in the land of the rising sun who just can’t wait, check out our full BlackBerry Bold review below.

The Ultimate BlackBerry Bold Review (with full device specs)
BlackBerry Bolds Around the World map

(via Reuters)

BlackBerry Bold coming to Best Buy October 26th for $679

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BlackBerry Bold Best Buy Release

UPDATE: Berry Reporter has a blurry screenshot that shows a BlackBerry Bold price of $679.99.

Finally we have some good news for our American friends who want to stab themselves in they eye every time we add another country to the BlackBerry Bolds Around the World map (this just in: add Aruba to the list). It turns out that by October 26th, the United States will be on the map as well!

The Boy Genius has a screen shot of a Best Buy sales system showing a release date of October 26th. Typically, Best Buy receives devices a week or two after their release on AT&T, so it looks like those holding out hope for an early October AT&T BlackBerry Bold release are in luck.

Hang in there, guys and girls, we’re almost home.

(via BGR)

BlackBerry Bold video debuts during Heroes debut

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You have to hand it to RIM: they’re not normally known for PR savvy, but they certainly chose the perfect time to debut their BlackBerry Bold commercial on Canadian airwaves. The DVR-equipped Canucks over at MobileSyrup were able to record the commercial during the Heroes season premiere. good job, gents!

Plazmic 4.6 CDK unofficially available online (BlackBerry Bytes)

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BlackBerry Cool doesn’t often post about unreleased software, so I was hesitant to put this up, but I really want a BlackBerry Bold compatible version of the awesome Super Mario Brothers 3 theme. Word on the Internet is that a version of the Plazmic 4.6 CDK Bundle 20 is available. We’re not going to give you the link, but we’re sure that our friend Ronen can oblige.

BlackBerry Bolds around the World (Part Two)

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Yesterday we published a map of all the countries that had launched the BlackBerry Bold — or so we thought. It turns out we missed a few (how could we forget the Swiss?). Thankfully, the BlackBerry Nation pitched in to dot our i’s and cross our t’s. It’s really great to see that we have a readership that spans the globe. Here’s the updated list:

North America Canada, Mexico
South America Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Venezuela
Europe Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Romania, Portugal, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales)
Asia Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore
Australia Australia
Caribbean Dominican Republic, Jamaica

The grand total is now up to 31 countries! I wonder if the U.S. is waiting to be the 50th country because they think they’ll win a prize…

BlackBerry Bolds around the World

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It seems like every day brings with it a new BlackBerry Bold launch announcement, with today being no exception. To get a handle on just how international the BlackBerry Bold has become, the BBCool Crew set to work on building a map representing every country that has launched or will soon launch the BlackBerry Bold. Here’s the rundown of countries, to our best efforts:

North America Canada, Mexico
South America Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Venezuela
Europe Austria, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Romania, Serbia, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales)
Asia Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore
Australia Australia
Caribbean Dominican Republic, Jamaica

Please forgive us if we’ve forgotten/missed any, but it looks like 25 countries in all. Africa, Asia and the United States (zing!) are the least represented on the map. Thanks for the help, Nan!

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