Tidbit Tuesday: BlackBerry Bold in white; Sidekick woes continueAaron Baker - Director, Content and Partnerships
Since we can’t actively cover every news article that breaks (as much as we would love to), PhoneDog compiles various news announcements and press releases that have been published throughout the week and places them in one easy to read article known as "Tidbit Tuesday." Enjoy!
BlackBerry Bold in white coming to AT&T on October 18th?
Though the RIM representative at CTIA last week hinted at the white BlackBerry (WhiteBerry?) Bold coming to AT&T next month, new reports are coming to light lending credence to a launch in October. Rumored to land on the 18th, the rumored strategy is to keep the BlackBerry Bold 9000 in the lineup as the "mid-tier" 3G device, while the 9700 will be positioned as the flagship phone. The price is slated to be $199.99 after a mail-in rebate, but the question remains: is it worth paying several hundred dollars for a device that's a year old, particularly given that a revision is right around the corner? Via BGR
The T-Mobile/Sidekick saga continues; $100 credits for select customers
First, the Sidekick servers were down. Definitely a problem, but one that most could live with - after all, Palm, BlackBerry, and other smartphone users have experienced the same at some point. Then the delay continued. Now, Microsoft and T-Mobile are admitting that important data is lost for many users, causing a mini-uproar in the Sidekick community. Yesterday, I received a statement from T-Mobile stating that the carrier is offering a free month of Sidekick data to all customers, and for those that permanently lost their data, a $100 customer appreciation card for use on T-Mobile's products and services.
Is the compensation enough? Will the carrier let Sidekick users out of their contract sans-ETF (and if not, should they)? The full release is below.
Dear valued T-Mobile Sidekick customers:
We are thankful for your continued patience as Microsoft/Danger continues to work on preserving platform stability and restoring all services for our Sidekick customers. We have made significant progress this past weekend, restoring services to virtually every customer. Microsoft/Danger has teams of experts in place who are working around-the-clock to ensure this stability is maintained.
Regarding those of you who have lost personal content, T-Mobile and Microsoft/Danger continue to do all we can to recover and return any lost information. Recent efforts indicate the prospects of recovering some lost content may now be possible. We will continue to keep you updated on this front; we know how important this is to you.
In the event certain customers have experienced a significant and permanent loss of personal content, T-Mobile will be sending these customers a $100 customer appreciation card. This will be in addition to the free month of data service that already went to Sidekick data customers. This card can be used towards T-Mobile products and services, or a customer’s T-Mobile bill. For those who fall into this category, details will be sent out in the next 14 days – there is no action needed on the part of these customers. We however remain hopeful that for the majority of our customers, personal content can be recovered.
Sidekick customers can continue to visit T-Mobile Sidekick Forums (http://www.t-mobile.com/sidekick) on a regular basis to access the latest updates, as well as FAQs regarding this service disruption. The Forums also offers tips and suggestions for rebuilding content on your device.
Sprint launches the Motorola i856 Debut
Available on Boost Mobile for some time now, the Motorola i856 Debut has made its way over to Nextel. Sporting a sliding form factor, MP3 player, and ho-hum 1.3-megapixel camera, it will be available for $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and new two-year customer agreement. Not the most feature-rich phone in the field, but at least they're trying, right? Via Sprint