BlackBerrius Maximus - part III - the Bold Edition

By Gary Mazo on 30 Sep 2008 11:29 am EDT

BlackBerrius Maximus!
I couldn't make this stuff up... it's True!

America - the land of opportunity - the land of freedom - the shining star in the economic universe!! OK, so maybe our economy is in the toilet and maybe we aren't really as "free" as we think we are. And, Ok, maybe the rest of the world isn't thrilled with us right now - but it is great to be an American because we are certainly the land of technology and cool gadgets - right?

So, seeing that the BlackBerry Bold is the newest and coolest BlackBerry around, I wanted one so I set out to get one. "What?" "Only AT&T will be the American Provider?" "What is this, the iPhone take 2?" Well, no matter - off to the AT&T store I go. "Jerry" my local AT&T guy (the names have been changed to protect the ignorant) tells me: "Nope, not even sure what the BlackBerry Bold is. This is the newest and coolest one." He says, taking me to look at an 8820. "No, Jerry - this is not the coolest - I'm telling you this thing is all over the world, why isn't it here?" "You must be mistaken" says Jerry and he calls his supervisor.

Out comes "Jim" and tells me that the Bold was due here in June, but product delays have kept it from coming out until September. "It is almost the end of September" I protest, and it is all over the world - why not here - in the land of freedom and opportunity? Jim first says that I am mistaken and that AT&T will get it before anyone else. I point him to one of my frequently visited BlackBerry related web sites and show him this list of countries in which the Bold has already been released.

North America Canada, Mexico
South America Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Venezuela
Europe Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Romania, Portugal, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales)
Asia Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore
Australia Australia
Caribbean Dominican Republic, Jamaica

The grand total is now up to 31 countries!

Jim has nothing to say - he checks his product information and tells me to try back in a few weeks. Frustrated beyond belief, I call my good friend in Canada who knows everything BlackBerry (his name rhymes with Plevin) and I beg him to procure me a Bold from the true land of opportunity - Canada. "No Problem" he says and he goes off on his mission to get me a beautiful, new BlackBerry Bold.

"Good news" he later tells me - "I got you a Bold and you should get it in two days." Forget that I had to pay the equivalent of a mortgage payment - in the scheme of things that doesn't matter - this is a Bold we are talking about! I track the order on line and wait like a small child for the FedEx truck to pull up at noon the next day.....but.....something is wrong.....very wrong.

The phone rings; "Hello" I say, since that is usually how I answer the phone. "Yes, this is United States Customs Calling" - "Oh S*#$*" I think to myself - what is going on here. The not so nice lady on the other end tells me that they are "holding" a BlackBerry Bold and that I need to get FCC clearance to bring it into this country. "You have got to be kidding me" I said. She wasn't kidding. She explained that she was sending me about two dozen pieces of paper attached to an email that I needed to fill out, sign and then fax back and then, and only then, would they release the Bold to me.

Well, now I was convinced that I was going to jail for smuggling an illegal Bold into the country. The phone rings again, this time it is the border office of FedEx making sure that I had been in touch with US Customs - now it was a conspiracy - I was definitely going to jail - I was convinced.

I opened the paper work and didn't understand half of it. I called the customs office back and spoke to the woman who sent me the forms. She advised me as to which was the preferable answer to the boxes that needed to be checked. "OK" I said, as I checked the boxes she said, filled out the forms and then prepared to scan and email them back. I figured this was all part of the plan - it would make the Bold somehow "sweeter" to have to go through this hassle.

Forms filled out, scanned and I just needed to send them to my computer since I don't have a fax. "Crap" I exclaimed - the wireless network wasn't working right - the scanner didn't "see" my computer. An hour and a half later and sill no luck - was I ever going to get this Bold? I work out the problems, send the forms and wait - wondering if flashing lights were going to be pulling in my driveway and taking me to a Canadian Prison somewhere.

Day 3 - the Bold arrives, safe and sound. It is beautiful, magical - the screen is everything I had heard it was. I turn it on, punch in my "Unlock code" and I am off to the races. In goes my T-Mobile SIM card and I am syncing and installing 3G? No personal Email setup icon? The browser only works in Hot Spots? I can't transfer "My Faves?"

Lots of emails to my buddy (the guy whose name rhymes with Plevin) and these issues can't be resolved. I change the APN information, I upgrade to a new OS, I remove the vendor.xml file - all the stuff that we all know how to do here - but to no avail, my Bold just doesn't work right.

Don't get me wrong - this is a beautiful device, I'm sure it words great in Malaysia and Turkey - just not here in the good ‘Ol USA!

America - the Land of the Free and the home of The BOLD - the Brave - not the Bold - at least not yet.

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BlackBerrius Maximus - part III - the Bold Edition

Funny Stuff Gary. Troydbrown actually posted a good little article "What You Need To Know About 3G in the United States" this morning that ties in nicely to this... Here is what you need to know when purchasing a BlackBerry or any mobile device that supports 3G. Frequencies Used T-Mobile - 1700 MHz AT&T - 850 & 1900 MHz Attention to the above frequencies is crucial. Here is an example. I am sure most people know that T-Mobile will not be getting the BlackBerry Bold. Many users have purchased the Bold in hopes of using it on T-Mobile once the 3G network is fully launched. The issue is it will never work on 3G as the Bold does not support 1700Mhz. You will still be able to use the Bold but the connection will be GPRS / EDGE. And now I'm off to buy another Rogers Bold for myself since Podcast Craig has mine... can't wait to hear how it's holding up for him. I wonder what OS it's shipping with now? Ahh well...either way I'm load up .162 as soon as I unbox it. You're running your Bold on T-Mobile (mo bile, mo problems!) but Craig is using his on AT&T. I wonder if he'll have the same glitches I experienced with it in NYC. I hate seeing (err.. and writing) articles that beat up on the Bold. I LOVE the device. Just wished it was out everywhere and in perfect working order already. Having loaded up new OSs that have been released on the Bold, I still can't believe it originally shipped with was..uhh.. not quite ready for primetime just yet.

I'm missing the Netherlands in the list of countries. I live in the Netherlands and have been using the Bold for over a month now. It was introduced a month or two ago with official launch party and everything.

Good luck with your Bold!

Hey man, De Blackberry is gewoon leverbaar in Nederland je ken hem halen bij Vodafone, Alleen met Abo... Wil je hem los kopen moet je kijken bij Mediamarkt scheelt een boel geld als je daar haalt.

MvG : sYnDaEx

this is a great story made me laugh as well it's unbelievable that the bold isn't here in the us yet i hope it comes soon even though it won't work on t-mobile as a 3g blackberry sad very sad.

So, you decided "to Boldly go where no man has gone before"... uh, well, at least not here in the land of non Bold having, no 3g working land of the US of T-Mobil. You are a true addict.I love it! "Plevin", that was great!

Thanks for the Maximus laughs...

Im givin this till the end of October & then i hate to say it but iphone is in my future!!! This is freakin ridiculous!!!!!!!!!

Just my 2 cents.......Don't do it to yourself, I purchased an iphone 3G since I was so disgruntled about the delays on the Bold....... I sold it on Ebay 8 days later. Even with the 3G turned off for most of the day the battery was gone by about the time I finished work 5 or 6 pm. (This was the second iphone 3G; the first battery was smoked by 1:00 in the afternoon, they changed that one out but not till after charging me a 10% re-stocking fee). I am back to a curve and Happy (for now).

Good Luck!

hey i live in Bermuda and not like you needed another reason to wanna vaca here but we've had the Bold out for sale for a few weeks too!

I must say, I have read all three Blackberrius Maximus articles and I love 'em. I show Part II to all of my iPhone loving friends and now...they are not my friends lol. Nice job with this latest one, but good luck with the Bold.

Nice writing. And by the way, Bold is working great on 2G/3G here in Malaysia especially on Celcom's network. Bold surely will land to every hands of crackberrys in USA. Sure it will.

LOL @""No, Jerry - this is not the coolest -"

Great story!!!
Oh I am sooo there with you on that! I had one rep tell me the Crimson 8310 had more bells & whistles than the Titanium 8310.
(blank stare) *_*

In Spain the Blackberry Bold has not been released yet! It has been only announced but, at this time, its not in shops.

and believe me, this has been the most frustrating experience ever! i'm not going to lie, i ordered the ugly G1, only to try it out, but i am and consider myself a blackberry addict. i will be guaranteeing that next year i am moving to a provider with the best BERRY.

sorry you went thru all that such a very funny story had me hanging on every word like a james patterson book starring alex cross. i for one gave up on the bold. i think i dont even want it now. thanks at&t

I have been using an unlocked Rogers branded Bold on AT&T for about three weeks now. I have owned and used many phones and the Bold is my favorite phone. Ever. Period. Works great on AT&T 3G (850/1900). Set up easily, great voice quality & RF, gorgeous screen, great keypad, nice build quality, very decent camera.

Gizmodo did a review & they didn't like the leather back because they thought it looked chintzy. I think it looks fine plus it keeps the unit from being too slippery and less probs with fingerprints.

It has been rock stable, battery life and talk time outstanding. Highly recommended is an understatement.

Other than these comments, I have no opinion.

Man, I wish I could relate, but I've been using the Bold's since it's pre-prod dates. Beautiful device, and hope it hits AT&T real soon, it's one FANTASTIC device!

GrkBMWQT, Just saying but as a 1st gen iPhone user for over a year I would not get another Touchscreen ever again. I would wait before getting an iPhone. Even not having 3G on mine with the new updates the battery drains a lot faster than it used to. I can barely play a card game for a little while till I have to recharge. I don't use Blue Tooth and it is such a PAIN to constantly drop calls because of the Touch screen. It is great for surfing and pictures, videos but as a phone it leaves a lot to be desired. The Storm/Thunder looks great but I am afraid I would have the same issues with it constantly punching buttons with my cheek and dropping calls, etc. I wish they would let you lock the screen while on the phone. With the 1st gen the whole iPhone had to be sent in to Apple to get a battery replaced for $?????. I guess with the 3G it can be taken to the proper service place and have it done? If you get one you may have better luck with it and I hope you do.

And great article! So funny.