It’s all over the news. Apparently the new line of Blackberry devices will be late, whatever that means since we’ve never been given any release schedule anyway. The first rumors we heard on the street about the new Blackberries was that RIM was having trouble with 3G and battery life, and that has been more or less confirmed. The new rumor now has to do with call quality. Scott Moritz writes:
Research in Motion (RIMM) is facing a delay with the introduction of its new hotly anticipated 3G BlackBerry phone for AT&T (ATT).
The release of the phone, apparently named Meteor, has been pushed to as late as August, from the planned June launch, say people close to the companies. The reason for the delay isn’t clear, but people close to the companies say AT&T had concerns about call quality.
AT&T declined to comment. A RIM spokeswoman said in an e-mail that the company does not discuss unannounced products or comment on “rumors and speculation.”
Yes, I don’t like rumors and speculation either. But if that’s all we have…
I don’t mind being put on hold about a completely new line of products. There must be a lot of strategic positioning and decision making involved, but would it hurt anyone if we were better informed of what the heck is still holding that 4.5 OS? It’s no secret anymore, screenshots and even quasi reviews have been published on the internets, why can’t RIM let us in on what is taking so long? The prompt release of OS 4.5 would keep Blackberry fans deeply entertained for quite a while and the wait for the new line wouldn’t seem so long, don’t you think?