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  1. Adlen's Avatar
    Boy Genius Report

    Since we were the first ones to break the news about a touchscreen BlackBerry device, its only fitting that we follow up and give yall the real lowdown on it! This is going to excite a lot of people, but anger many. Are you ready? The BlackBerry Thunder, as it is codenamed now, (all you "reporting" on it as the Storm are incorrect) will launch in Q3 of this year. It is a full touchscreen BlackBerry no slide out keyboard with only 4 physical keys. Those are the send / end phone keys, the BlackBerry menu key, and the back key. Here is the most interesting part, though: it will launch as a worldwide lifetime exclusive on Verizon and Vodafone! Weve heard the unit will be a hybrid device with CDMA EV-DO Rev. C (for clarification, Rev C., known as UMB is practically dead. If the device will indeed launch with a 4G solution, our bet is on LTE), and GSM HSPA for traveling internationally. Verizon and Vodafone will have the same unit. Currently, the model number is the BlackBerry 9500, though its very early and thats likely to change. This is HUGE for the Verizon lovers. For once theyll get an exclusive device, but Verizon will have a sales quota for the device and if they dont meet those numbers, weve heard the exclusivity will then dissolve and its over. This will be extremely interesting to see play out.

    05-13-08 10:15 AM
  2. kasperapd's Avatar
    Lifetime exclusive on Verizon.... that just wouldn't make any sense. I'm still not sure I would want a touchscreen only device.
    05-13-08 10:22 AM
  3. Blackmagicgti's Avatar
    Excellent news that its a touchscreen. But WHY a lifetime exclusive with Verizon!!!???? That makes no sense to me.
    05-13-08 12:49 PM
  4. Pete6's Avatar
    This is getting really interesting. In the same case/form/shape type thingy we now have three different phones.

    The touch screen is not for me but there's loads who will like it.

    Now if they will just release the phone + coffee maker, I'm all set.
    05-13-08 01:06 PM
  5. jta1188's Avatar
    FINALLY...something to make us Verizon users happy (and first for once)
    05-13-08 03:57 PM
  6. Flurrycat's Avatar
    Didn't I read a New York Times article where the CEO complained that he couldn't type on the iphone b/c of the virtual keyboard? After that I really was expecting a hybrid device. I have to say I'm let down...
    05-13-08 08:16 PM
  7. Adlen's Avatar
    The CEO does have big thumbs. They will continue to make devices with keyboards.

    Posted from my CrackBerry at wapforums.crackberry.com
    05-14-08 01:20 AM
  8. cheungsta's Avatar
    lifetime exclusive on Verizon??!!?? that's so ********....
    05-14-08 09:01 AM
  9. hal737's Avatar
    although i'm scared of touchscreens, i think this makes me happy...yay finally something for Verizon...
    05-14-08 09:15 AM
  10. jnean's Avatar
    I love the touchscreen! I would much prefer the hybrid with a slide out keyboard as well. I like having the flexibility.
    05-14-08 10:32 AM
  11. JRSCCivic98's Avatar
    I hope half the screen isn't just virtual keyboard and half is video screen. That would be stupid. Imagine if this screen can be fully used and looks as good as the 9k does now. That would be nice. God, I really hope the bottom isn't a static virtual keyboard.
    05-14-08 10:34 AM
  12. jta1188's Avatar
    I don't understand why so many people want these hybrid devices. Voyager, Glyde, etc..they're all SO bulky.
    05-14-08 10:52 AM
  13. jidx's Avatar
    Exclusive to Verizon?? I doubt that, they bare got the curve a week ago.
    05-14-08 10:53 AM
  14. Zak8022's Avatar
    I'm just excited about this because it will be on Verizon! I don't care about exclusivity necessarily, but Verizon just HAVING it first/simultaneously with other carriers is amazing.
    05-14-08 02:45 PM
  15. pgregory's Avatar
    lol i hear you there!

    Im looking forward to seeing how RIM does it, I'm sure it'll be well thought out and put together.
    05-14-08 03:35 PM
  16. danny595's Avatar
    Hhhhmmm. Ill wait until I see it for myself. Too many rumors floating around. I don't know how long I can take it

    Posted from my CrackBerry at wapforums.crackberry.com
    05-14-08 03:47 PM
  17. flairbrtndr3's Avatar
    I don't understand why so many people want these hybrid devices. Voyager, Glyde, etc..they're all SO bulky.
    this is the same size as the pearl and its hybrid

    Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 Wi-fi/HSDPA/A2DP Bluetooth Enabled Quadband Smartphone on Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional with 3MBpixel, QWERTY keyboard, GPS Receiver, FM Radio, MP3 player, microSD Slot - OEM Factory Unlocked
    05-14-08 03:47 PM
  18. jta1188's Avatar

    Well, in my opinion, if it wasn't bulky--a la the voyager or glyde--then it would feel flimsy. Don't you think something as skinny as the Pearl would feel awkward having two layers?

    lifetime exclusive on Verizon??!!?? that's so ********....
    Why is that any more ******** than the iPhone have exclusivity on AT&T? The iPhones exclusivity is not "lifetime," per se, but rumored to be around 5 years, by which time something bigger and better will have definitely come around (perhaps in the form of THIS BlackBerry). Verizon is the 2nd largest American provider to AT&T, and only by a couple million--it has far more subscribers than Sprint or T-Mobile.
    05-14-08 05:58 PM
  19. xandrex#IM's Avatar
    No doubt this to to put an iPhone killer in the opposite camp of ATT. Exciting, though I'll have to wait as I only just got myself a beautiful Curve.

    Posted from my CrackBerry at wapforums.crackberry.com
    05-14-08 11:09 PM
  20. km2783's Avatar
    This might be just the ticket to get a friend of mine on board the BlackBerry bus lol. He always talks about how great the iPhone he doesn't have is ::rollseyes:: Maybe this will push him over the smartphone edge and into the BlackBerry camp as well.

    Posted from my CrackBerry at wapforums.crackberry.com
    05-15-08 01:20 AM
  21. briankeith513's Avatar
    lifetime exclusive on Verizon??!!?? that's so ********....
    I thought they said the samething about the Iphone at first.
    05-15-08 01:32 PM
  22. Zak8022's Avatar
    I thought they said the samething about the Iphone at first.
    I don't think they iphone was ever exclusive for life. I thought it was a 2 year deal, but i've also read 5 years, so i'm not sure which it really is.
    05-15-08 05:30 PM
  23. Blacklatino's Avatar
    It would be almost impossible for at@t to sell the phone as competition with the iphone. Good for Verizon. Now bring on the Bold

    Posted from my CrackBerry at wapforums.crackberry.com
    05-15-08 06:03 PM
  24. Duvi's Avatar
    It wouldn't be smart business sense for AT&T to fight to get this device. T-mobile on the other hand may be watching the quotas for RIM in regards to Verizon having to meet them.


    I would so get this device if it were US 3g/HSPA.
    05-15-08 11:02 PM
  25. spike41615's Avatar
    Well, in my opinion, if it wasn't bulky--a la the voyager or glyde--then it would feel flimsy. Don't you think something as skinny as the Pearl would feel awkward having two layers?



    Why is that any more ******** than the iPhone have exclusivity on AT&T? The iPhones exclusivity is not "lifetime," per se, but rumored to be around 5 years, by which time something bigger and better will have definitely come around (perhaps in the form of THIS BlackBerry). Verizon is the 2nd largest American provider to AT&T, and only by a couple million--it has far more subscribers than Sprint or T-Mobile.


    its ******** because verizon is

    1. way overpriced
    2. cripples the **** out of phones and makes you pay for stuff that should have been free
    05-16-08 09:51 AM
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