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    Hi all,

    FYI!!

    Take care,

    Jay


    BlackBerry revamp to take on iPhone?by Marguerite Reardon, July 28, 2010 1:39 PM PDT

    BlackBerry revamp to take on iPhone? | Signal Strength - CNET News

    Research in Motion is expected to unveil a new touchscreen BlackBerry next week to rival Apple's iPhone and other smartphones, like ones using Google's Android operating system.

    Shares of RIM were up Wednesday on the speculation, reports Reuters.

    The new BlackBerry 9800 is expected to be launched at an event in New York City on Tuesday next week. AT&T, which is expected to be the exclusive carrier for the new phone, will be joining RIM for the announcement. CNET reported news of the press conference earlier this week.

    For months, bloggers and others watching RIM closely have speculated that the new BlackBerry 9800 will be the first to use RIM's new operating system, BlackBerry OS 6. This new software comes with a revamped Web browser, which should help it compete more aggressively with more Web-centric devices like the iPhone, as well as devices that use the Google Android operating system.

    The BlackBerry 9800 is also expected to offer a touch screen and a full slide-out keyboard. The new phone is being viewed as RIM's big chance to silence critics who say the company's technology and products look a bit long in the tooth compared to other devices in the market.

    While RIM has done well selling low-end BlackBerry devices throughout the world, it is starting to slip in the high end of the smartphone category, especially in North America, where new iPhones and Android devices get more attention from consumers. RIM is also facing more competition from other smartphone makers in the enterprise market, as more companies start letting employees swap BlackBerrys for other smartphones, Reuters said.

    The new BlackBerry 9800 is expected to go on sale in mid-August in the U.S., the news agency reports. Pricing for the device is still unknown, but consumers can expect it to be competitive with other new smartphones, which typically means around $200 with a two-year contract after rebates.

    RIM is not commenting on the rumors of the new 9800 phone.
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    Curious, does this interest you because it is a new piece of interesting technology, or because it is something else to "compete" with the iPhone?

    Have you heard about the new RIM trademark, BlackPad? No joke. Remember when iPad was a stupid name? Then came PalmPad, now BlackPad. What a strange definition of "compete" people seem to have.
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    [QUOTE=dandbj13;2580827]Curious, does this interest you because it is a new piece of interesting technology, QUOTE]

    Hi,

    All tech interests me! That is reason & the only reason why I posted it!

    Take care,

    Jay
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    Quote Originally Posted by UntidyGuy View Post
    It's more likely that something like this is going to "take out" some weaker competition in the iPhone want-to-be space.
    I doubt if they delude themselves about taking out anyone right now -- RIM is most concerned with keeping its current customers, and its relevance.

    In an environment where the competition has been evolving rapidly, and they've looking increasingly dated -- they need to show that their platform can modernize, can compete against iOS, Android ...
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    New BlackBerry Touch Screen Set to Debut - Digits - WSJ

    Most notably, the phone will have a slide-out keyboard in addition to its touch screen for people more used to traditional BlackBerry keys. A universal search bar on the home screen scans the phone’s entire contents as well as information from online sources such as Facebook and Twitter.
    It sounds like they're borrowing some ideas from webOS & the Pre.
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    I dont see anything that is that different in BBOS 6 except a better browser. Certainly nothing that would make me switch back. Blackberry missed the boat, they should have purchased Palm for WebOS. Now, they need an entire new modern OS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hrminer92 View Post
    New BlackBerry Touch Screen Set to Debut - Digits - WSJ



    It sounds like they're borrowing some ideas from webOS & the Pre.
    Once might even call it a Pre killer. The only thing iPhone killers kill is other iPhone killers, and themselves. iPhone killing is a tough business.

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