updated 11:35 am EDT, Mon October 20, 2008
BBerry 9220 and 9900 Slips
RIM has already outlined most if not all of its phone release plans for next year, a leak of a Rogers Wireless roadmap to BGR says. In addition to getting the Curve 8900 (Javelin) in the first quarter of the year, the Canadian provider will also allegedly receive two devices briefly mentioned in the past. Codenamed the Magnum, the BlackBerry 9220 should appear in the summer and add HSPA-based 3G to the Curve 8900 to bring it up to par with the Bold. RIM's rumored hybrid touch/keyboard device is also slated as the BlackBerry 9900, or Pluto, and would ship next fall.
More recognizable devices are also scheduled to launch on Rogers nearer into the future, including a variant of the BlackBerry Storm for the carrier's GSM and HSPA networks in the spring. The BlackBerry 8220 Pearl Flip is already known to be enroute for Rogers this year and is already said to have shown up on the website of retailer Future Shop for a relatively low $50 with a three-year contract.
AT&T and T-Mobile USA are collectively expected to follow Rogers' steps next year and will each have at least some of the devices for the US. Besides the confirmed Pearl Flip, the Curve 8900 is most likely to be T-Mobile's choice. The 3G-aware Storm and 9900 are probable only for AT&T in the US without specific 1,700MHz 3G frequency support.