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Rumor: CDMA BlackBerry 6 Devices Not Coming Until 2011?

blackberry-9800-itw-08I love when analysts start shaking things up. I am not sure how solid this is but supposedly Kaufman Bros. Analyst Shaw Wu said in a research note today that BlackBerry 6 may not come to CDMA devices until 2011. Supposedly the GSM BlackBerry 9800 is already in beta testing for a September launch.

This is not really groundbreaking considering the fact that practically every CDMA BlackBerry other than the Storm launches on GSM about 6 months before CDMA variants. Still its just another source stating that BlackBerry 6 might not be coming a new Storm revision before 2011.

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  1. If Verizon doesn’t get a CDMA Blackberry OS 6 device with decent specs by the end of the year, Verizon’s Android devices (Motorola Droid, HTC Droid Incredible and soon to be released Motorola Droid X and Droid2) will continue to dominate their sales. RIM is taking too long to release updated devices and devices with new form factors. This is why RIM is going to continue to lose market share in the U.S to both Android and the iPhone. When will we get a CDMA or GSM Blackberry with a 1+ GHz processor, 3.7+ inch screen with 480 x 800 or higher resolution, 5+ megapixel camera and large amount of build in memory for applications?

    • I’ve been a Blackberry user for a few years for business; for email it works great. The physical keyboard on my Tour is excellent. However, I am hearing the siren song of the Droid X. If Verizon is not going to have the Blackberry Slider until sometime in 2011, I’ll probably make the switch. Blackberry is fantastic for email. The rest, maybe not so much anymore.

    • Late June US Cellular claimed they are getting “…the BlackBerry Bold in early August and later this year it will offer a BlackBerry flip smartphone with a full QWERTY keyboard”

      I was assuming the flip phone was the ugly as sin 9670, which is running BlackBerry 6 from my understanding.

      @Sam K – I agree 100% the slider, the 9670, and a touch screen Bold should have been in our hands at the start of this year along with a usable web browser. Android has gone 0-100 in the same time BlackBerry has gone 50-60. You can’t afford to sit on the sidelines in this industry because Apple and Google have created such a quick evolution of whats expected.

      Yes, I love my BlackBerry Tour for messaging but for almost everything else it’s fallen behind. If I knew I could get the slider soon I would wait, but it sounds like that’s going to AT&T so I’m switching to the HTC Desire in 2 weeks when USCC launches it.

  2. I take ALL of these “analyst” comments with a grain of salt. They have ZERO real insight into technical matters like this.

    That said, it wouldn’t surprise me based on RIM’s past track record of CDMA devices lagging GSM devices so badly. If it’s really TRUE, it’s another nail in the coffin of BlackBerry on Verizon and Sprint, who are clearly seeing their future to be Android, not BlackBerry. 🙁

  3. I also take these with a grain of salt.
    That said, RIM is really taking a huge risk taking so long to get out the new OS and devices. I have been a devoted Blackberry user for 7 years. But, the Android phones have passed RIM in usability, hardware, and apps. I am not sure how long I will stay with RIM if they take this long.

  4. who cares?
    it’s time for cdma to die

    • WTF are you STEVE JOBS? The 8330 has been one of THE best selling Smartphones ever, good thing RIM didn’t have people like you working for them when they released it.

  5. …And more people leave BlackBerry for iphone and android. To me, RIM feels like blockbuster a few years back where netflix was just starting out. RIM better adapt fast or face irrelevancy.

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