Mikeypants has put together a nice recap of T-Mobile's BlackBerry roadmap, which includes some new news... most notably, three new colors of BlackBerry Pearl that will be introduced over the next few months. The images above are photoshop estimations, but the names of the new colors are Tahitian Green, Inidigo and Light Blue. We also have some Software, Release Date and T-Mobile Marketing details after the jump, so read on!
T-Mobile BlackBerry Smartphone Release Dates
It looks like the 8220 flip phone is still on track for a late September/early October launch (I'm gonna hope RIM is early and it hits early/mid September... T-Mobile needs a new toy already!!) and the Javelin should be available in later Novemember/early December.
Device OS Software
According to mikeypants,
All of the models scheduled for the second-half of 2008 will feature at least OS 4.5 - the BlackBerry 8220 will feature OS 4.6.0 and the Javelin will feature OS 4.6.1. For the BlackBerry Pearl 8120 devices, this marks a definitive move towards OS 4.5 for T-Mobile USA, who has been one of the more quiet juggernauts with regards to the updated device software.
We saw in Will.I.Am's latest video that T-Mobile is working hard to get their message out there, and they have to in order to prevent their users from defecting to AT&T for the Bold or iPhone 3G. With no 3G BlackBerry apparently slated until late 2009, Mikepants says we can expect to see T-Mobile pushing the following in the months ahead:
- Benefits of BlackBerry applications such as Google Maps, Facebook, XM Satellite Radio, and the upcoming SlingPlayer for BlackBerry which enables users to watch their TV from anywhere they have a data connection.
- Convenience of using the internet anywhere for instant updates on news, weather, markets, and sports
- Games for BlackBerry
- Ability to sync a BlackBerry with iTunes
- Potential savings from subscribing to T-Mobile's HotSpot and UMA package
- A more personal sales approach in stores as the rep evaluatates the needs of the customer
That's all folks. Check out the source post here.