Wednesday, June 18, 2008

BlackBerry Thunder .... It's On It's Way

For all of you BlackBerry fanatics .... the wait is nearly over. Well .... almost.

Originally when news leaked out that BlackBerry was coming out with a new phone .... folks were calling it the "Storm". That's not true cauliflower ear .... the real name is "Thunder".

To wet your whistle on what to expect ... here ya go.

The BlackBerry Thunder will launch in Q3 of 2008 (THIS year).

The Thunder is a full touchscreen BlackBerry .... with no slide out keyboard .... and with only 4 physical keys.

The 4 physical keys are the send / end phone keys, the BlackBerry menu key, and the back key.

Plus get this .....the Thunder will launch as a worldwide lifetime exclusive on Verizon and Vodafone! I can't say I'm doing somersaults over that bit of news (I'm not a Verizon fan). But it should pan out OK.

What's more supposedly the BlackBerry Thunder will be a hybrid device .... with CDMA EV-DO Rev. C and GSM HSPA for international travel.

For those who aren't up on the latest techie evolutions ..... Rev C., also known as UMB, is practically dead. If the Thunder will indeed launch with a 4G solution, it'll most likely be LTE. Keep in mind though that although the chip might support it .... there's no sure thing that the network will be ready to follow suit.

Oh yeah .... just in case you're wondering ...Verizon and Vodafone will have the same unit. No issues with differences in look, design, function, features, etc.

Currently, the proposed model number for the Thunder is the BlackBerry 9500. It's still early though and the model number could likely change.

This whole deal is absolutely HUGE for all you Verizon lovers. For once you'll get an exclusive device! But ..... Verizon will have a sales quota for the Thunder device. The word is that if they don’t meet those numbers, it's possible the exclusivity agreement will then go "bye bye".

Whatever happens .... it'll be exciting to see how rollout of the BlackBerry Thunder all plays out.

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