T-Mobile customers hoping to get their hands on the new BlackBerry Bold 9700 may have to wait a bit longer. Recent reports have surfaced revealing that the expected release date of November 11 has been pushed back to November 15th. T-Mobile has not confirmed this change or the reason for it. They will offer the 9700 for $200 with a 2 year contract. AT&T and Vodaphone will also offer the device.
The Bold 2 isn’t much different than the original Bold. It’s smaller, sports an updated OS and camera, and instead of a trackball offers a sleek new touchpad for navigation. The touchpad is expected to replace the trackball on all future BlackBerry QWERTY devices, something many BB users are looking forward to. The trackball on the hot BlackBerry Tour has been much maligned as its weakest feature. While RIM hasn’t officially said so, both Sprint and Verizon have admitted that there was a problem with the trackball on the first batch of Tours they sold.
Don’t want to wait? Verizon just released the Storm 2, which it’s offering for $280. Other upcoming BlackBerry devices include the Tour 2, which will sport the trackpad and have Wi-Fi added. It’s set to launch on Sprint and Verizon later this year or early in 2010.