First of all, 3G BlackBerrys have been available for some time. Just check out the 8707. RIM clearly beat Apple to 3G way back in the summer of 2006 when the 8707v hit Europe on Vodafone’s network. But this fact seems to have been lost amongst all the BlackBerry Bold and iPhone 3G hype. I realize the PC World author was talking about next-gen devices from RIM and Apple, but still…
AT&T is reportedly still working out some last minute software and battery life kinks that are expected to delay the Bold’s U.S. release until at least mid-August. And though RIM hasn’t officially said that AT&T will be the initial Bold provider, the company is the only major U.S. carrier with a widespread 3G GSM network—T-Mobile only recently launched its 3G in New York City—so Americans can expect to see the Bold debut in the United States on AT&T.
That means unless Rogers begins selling the Bold within the next two weeks, Apple will beat RIM to next-gen 3G-smartphone-punch, so to speak. And we’ll no doubt see another round of stories and blog posts about how Apple one-upped RIM.
But so what? From where I sit, the most significant benefits of 3G are the ability surf the Web and access online data at a much faster speed, simultaneously make voice calls and access the Web or send messages and 3G tethering capabilities.
So the only real winner right now seems to be AT&T, which is prepping a trip to the bank and taking its time readying both the Bold and the iPhone 3G, while smartphone users, BlackBerry and Apple loyalists alike, salivate and push their patience to the limits.
Al Sacco was a journalist, blogger and editor who covers the fast-paced mobile beat for CIO.com and IDG Enterprise, with a focus on wearable tech, smartphones and tablet PCs. Al managed CIO.com writers and contributors, covered news, and shared insightful expert analysis of key industry happenings. He also wrote a wide variety of tutorials and how-tos to help readers get the most out of their gadgets, and regularly offered up recommendations on software for a number of mobile platforms. Al resides in Boston and is a passionate reader, traveler, beer lover, film buff and Red Sox fan.