Tag: BlackBerry Bold 9650

Proof That the BlackBerry Bold 9650 Can Run OS 6

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We keep hearing that 512MB of RAM is the minimum requirement for OS 6 and while this hasn’t been confirmed by RIM, it’s good to know that devices such as the BlackBerry Bold 9650 will also be getting BlackBerry 6. It’s very possible that the OS 6 rollout could be like when OS 5 was released. We could probably expect a similar lineup of devices and backwards compatibility.

Win a “Bold” Adventure to Africa, Costa Rica or Australia

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There’s a cool contest going on right now with RIM and Verizon to promote the new BlackBerry Bold 9650. This weekend in NYC, contest administrators will be going around and taking video testimonials on a BlackBerry Bold 9650 from Verizon. Participants will answer the question, “How do you live your life bold?” The boldest video wins one of three bold adventures: an African safari, a diving trip to the Great Barrier Reef, or a Costa Rican rainforest trip. Be Bold has already been to Boston and gathered up some great bold testimonials. After NYC, they’ll be headed to Chicago, Atlanta and San Francisco.

Readers can also join the Live Bold. Be Bold. Facebook fan page for a chance to win the new BlackBerry Bold (the fan page will be giving away one smartphone per week). For more free giveaways, BlackBerry fans can visit the events in their cities.

Click through for an example of the sort of video that is being submitted.
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US Cellular Confirms BlackBerry Clamshell 9670 and Bold 9650

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US Cellular has confirmed by press release that they will be offering the BlackBerry Bold 9650 in early August and a “BlackBerry flip smartphone with a full QWERTY keyboard”. The 9670 looked pretty ugly when pictures first surfaced but the more we see of this device, the better it looks. It looks like Verizon will be the first to offer the device with US Cellular next. There are many Pearl Flip users out there who are looking forward to this upgrade.

Theme Studio Updated with Pearl 9100 and Bold 9650 Support

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The updated Theme Studio is now available with support for the BlackBerry Pearl 3G 9100 and the BlackBerry Bold 9650. There doesn’t seem to be anything else new other than device support in BlackBerry Theme Studio Serve Pack 1. Ideally, the Theme Studio team would be much more active considering they represent such a large percentage of App World content. RIM could be investing money in giving theme developers more wallpapers, icon sets and animations to work with.

Download BlackBerry Theme Studio v5.0.

Also, be sure to check out our article on how to create a basic animated theme.
Dev Blog also has some tips on using Adobe Photoshop to build your themes.

BlackBerryCool Roundup for the Week of May 31st

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The biggest news this week is probably all the hype around OS 6 and which devices will be getting the upgrade. Rumors (which are borderline fact) are circulating that the 9700 is getting a memory refresh to 512MB of RAM in order to make it OS 6 ready. If OS 6 requires 512MB of RAM, the only device currently in RIM’s product line that will support 6 is the 9650.

Should users be upset about this? Take a look at the iPhone. The iPhone has a 2 year obsolescence since the iPhone 3G, a 2 year old device, will not be getting the OS 4 upgrade. By the time the 9700a launches, it could be a 2 year old device. Therefore, for all the users complaining that their device is becoming obsolete, I think this is a general complaint towards consumer electronics, and isn’t something necessarily wrong with RIM’s strategy. What are your thoughts?

Make sure to hit the jump because we have a full roundup of BlackBerry news this week for you to catch up on.

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Verizon BlackBerry Bold 9650 Now Available for Purchase

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The Verizon Bold 9650 is for sale online at $149.99 with a 2 year contract and a $100 online discount. In general, the Bold 9650 is a very solid QWERTY device with double the memory of other modern BlackBerrys (512MB). It’s not clear what devices will be getting an OS 6 upgrade, but if memory is any indication than the Bold 9650 is definitely a contender. Our fingers are crossed.

Click here to read a review of the Sprint BlackBerry Bold 9650.

Head over to the Verizon site for more information about the Bold 9650.

BlackBerryCool Roundup for the Week of May 24th

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If you only read one article this week on BlackBerryCool it should probably be the BlackBerry Bold 9650 review. The device launched semi-recently on Sprint and is one of the best BlackBerrys currently on the market. With 512MB of updated memory, it’s a likely scenario that this device will get an OS 6 upgrade, making it future-proofed for the foreseeable future. There are rumors circulating that devices even as new as the Bold 9700 won’t be getting an OS 6 upgrade for memory reasons, which could lead one to believe that 512MB is the cutoff for OS 6. In any case, this is all speculation and we’ll have a better idea for who gets OS 6 once we see it in the wild. Other than that, this week is jam-packed with apps you should try and themes worth downloading so be sure to hit the list after the jump.
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Review of the BlackBerry Bold 9650 from Sprint

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The BlackBerry Bold 9650 is basically the Tour 2, but rebranded and launched as a Bold series device. The story seems to be that when the “Tour2″ was leaked soon after the launch of the original Tour, users started to complain about an update being worked on so soon after the original device was launched. The sentiment at the time was a slight resentment at the fact that Tour owners just bought a device without WiFi, and here was a new Tour with WiFi and a trackpad (something all Tour owners would have loved). In response, RIM seems to have changed the branding of the device over to a Bold, and probably pushed a Tour update down the pipe. Regardless of the branding, this is a Tour in my opinion, but I’ll refer to it as a Bold for SEO purposes.
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BlackBerryCool Roundup for the Week of May 17th

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Yet another week in BlackBerry and this week belongs to the Sprint BlackBerry Bold 9650. The Bold 9650 is essentially the Tour 2, but with a Bold brand so as to not offend current Tour users. BlackBerryCool has the device in-house and it’s a really awesome piece of hardware. The Tour has an excellent form factor which is a little bigger and heavier than say the 9700, making it ideal for someone with hands that are a little bigger. Expect a full review shortly. In terms of apps, Matt is in search of the best games for BlackBerry and has been reviewing several a week. This week he reviewed Age of Empires and Boeing Bomber! for BlackBerry. Have you played any games you really liked or disliked? Let us know.

Click through after the jump to catch up on a week of BlackBerry news.
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Sprint BlackBerry Bold 9650 Comes Factory Unlocked

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Sprint has a great history of being open with their unlocking process and Sam over at Cellfservices tells us that the Bold 9650 will come factory unlocked. Users will be able to use EDGE on all North American GSM providers and 3G pending on the GSM frequencies of the prepaid carrier they decide to use in their country of travel.  

It’s almost certain that the Verizon Bold 9650 will not come unlocked.  None of their devices come unlocked including the older 8830 model.  Also, the first Bold 9650 Cellfservices unlocked back on January 28, 2010 (preproduction) was locked to the Verizon network.  

So if you’re looking to pick up a Bold 9650, keep in mind the Sprint version is unlocked.

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