firstly it should be pointed out i dot think the image on the CB blogs is `the` real image, as i know the 9980 is running OS7 (iv been seeing this for a while as the 9981 on my website). with that said, i still aint too fussed, however look at most `designer` phones (samsung did some emporio armani ones) and they never look that great lol.
Most definitely a no for me. It doesn't look like what I've come to identify as BlackBerry. It looks like some retro 70's gadget that they thought would come out in 2000. Maybe you'd find it in the Jetsons' world.
If this phone is real and it is geared to the middle east --- then this is the nokia vertu business model to juice up some sales (which surprisingly vertu is working well according to a recent news report).
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