updated 12:00 am EDT, Mon May 12, 2008
Inside, the Bold is also first among BlackBerries to include both GPS and Wi-Fi in the same device, replacing the need to choose between models to get full navigation as well as short-range, high-speed Internet access. A 2-megapixel camera and an externally accessible microSD card slot carry over from earlier phones, but the Bold is the first to include sizable storage of its own with 1GB of permanent flash memory.
Owners also have an easier way of loading music and other content to the phone through Media Sync, a new app that auto-loads content from iTunes to the Bold's flash memory.
RIM expects the phone (also known as the BlackBerry 9000) to launch worldwide but is expected to make it available first for AT&T, followed by Vodafone and other international carriers. Rogers in the phone maker's home country of Canada is also believed to be offering the Bold when it goes on sale during the summer. A version with 1,700MHz support should also appear to provide the extra speed over T-Mobile's new 3G network. Pricing is expected to hover between $300 and $500 depending on contract lengths.