Quick Bits: Moto V9 and Z9 to AT&T? IM for iPhone? WiFi BlackBerry?

Noah Kravitz
 from Oakland, CA
Published: July 9, 2007

Word is that Motorola's V9 (aka RAZR 2) and Z9 are both headed to AT&T.  Boy Genius has a photo gallery of a Z9 slider complete with AT&T branding and firmware, and has previously stated that its clamshell cousin the V9 is also headed to the carrier formerly known as Cingular.

Check it out: Motorla Z9 Gallery (Boy Genius Report)

Apparently AT&T is surveying iPhone owners regarding EDGE data performance on their fancy new handsets.  Apparently said survey includes a spot for rating iChat performance - iChat being Apple's Mac instant message program that's notoriously missing from iPhone.  Could this mean that an iPhone software update including an IM client is forthcoming from Apple?  Could be.  Meantime, iPhone owners can get their IM fix via a handful of third-party apps including JiveTalk.

Read: phazerblast.com/2007/07/ichat-coming-for-iphone.html">iChat coming for iPhone?</a> (phazer.blast)

Read: beejive.com/">JiveTalk mobile messenger</a> (BeeJive Software)

The FCC has approved Research In Motion's first ever Wi-Fi capable BlackBerry for use in the US.  According to PhoneScoop, the GSM/EDGE BlackBerry with 802.11 a/b/g Wi-Fi components looks much like the current 8800/8830 devices and also features Bluetooth and a microSD memory card slot.  No word was given on a release date, though RIM CEO Jim Balsillie has been quoted as saying his company would release a Wi-Fi BlackBerry by the end of this year.

Read: phonescoop.com/news/item.php?n=2277">BlackBerry With Wi-Fi Approved By the FCC</a> (PhoneScoop)