Blackberry maker RIM is the only winner in the latest cellphone sales numbers increasing their market share to 5% and becoming the 5th biggest seller of phones in the US.
Overall sales of cellphones in the US dropped 22% year on year but there was an interesting trend of high-end phones increasing in sales while inexpensive basic phone lost market share: 17% of all phones sold were smartphones, 60% of all phones sold could play music, and 79% of phones had bluetooth (all the better to track you with).
Phone sales data via moconews
Garmin has announced that you can get a lifetime Garmin GPS service subscription for your blackberry for $99.
That’s the phone’s lifetime not yours but it still seems like a good price considering there is no monthly fee and the service offers turn by turn directions, 6 million points of interest, constantly updated maps, gas prices, traffic delay rerouting, weather forcecasts, and more.
Seems like a great service for a crackberry addict who doesn’t want a seperate navigation system in their car.
via Garmin blog
The touchscreen blackberry has the model number 9500 and the codename
iPhone Thunder according to Boy Genius Report.
He also reveals that it will have 4 physical keys (send, end, menu, back) and will be a worldwife lifetime exclusive release on Verizon and Vodaphone.
He has a big thing for mocked up images so I thought I would add to his to make the screen more interesting…. maybe this will turn into a photoshop contest?
blackberry 9500 thunder witticisms at BGR
The BlackBerry 9000 is officially called the BlackBerry Bold, and it is now up on the BlackBerry website.
Key enhancements of the BlackBerry Bold compared to previous blackberries are: larger screen resolution (480×320 pixel), blackberry 4.6 operating system, 1GB on board encrypted memory, tri-band HSDPA, interchangeable colar back plates, and 624MHz PXA930 processor.
Press release after the jump.
Official BlackBerry Bold site
BlackBerry Bold AP story
It isn’t exactly a surprise considering all the leaks recently buy Boy Genius Report has reported that the blackberry 9000 will be officially announced on May 12th at WES 2000 in Orlando.
If you can’t wait until then head on over to crackberry.com where Kevin has one already and has posted a bunch of reviews.