BlackBerry Flip Phone Flips Numbers: KickStart is now the 8220; Seawolf is the 8210

By Kevin Michaluk on 27 Jun 2008 08:23 pm
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BlackBerry KickStart

Instead of partying it up on a Friday night, our pal Jibi decided to blog up some interesting news...

It seems the BlackBerry KickStart and Seawolf (GPS-equipped version of the KickStart), formerly believed to be the BlackBerry 9100 and 9110, are now the 8220 and 8210, respectively. This actually makes sense to me. It's apparent the BlackBerry flip phone is going to be a low-cost entrant into the smartphone world. Introducing it as an 8xxx series device sets the expectations a bit lower (as opposed to a 9000 series device which would get its feature-set compared to the Bold) and helps keeps the entire series current, especially considering OS5.0 testing is currently being carried out on 8xxx series devices.

Jibi is also reporting that the BlackBerry Javelin may get a model # change to, making the move from 9300 to to 8301. As with all these rumors...time will tell. I just want my new BlackBerry Bold already!

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4 comments

SurrealCivic

very interesting to see they are not going straight to the 9000 series.

frettfreak

probably a smart decision. Anything that has a 9xxx series is going to have some very high hopes and standards that people are going to put on them!

MikeTheSith200#CB

Based on what my girlfriends Dad, who works for RIM, says..
The "flip" and the javelin will round out the 8xxx series. Bold and Thunder will be the first 9000's. He also told me that last year they began throwing around ideas for a BB that won't be out till 2010 named the Aurora. I don't know if he's pulling my leg on some or most of that but I believe him. He says RIM keeps all but the engineers in the dark until the last minute.

eleung321

is there a GPS device on the tmobile version that is just disabled or that portion is not installed? vice versa with the seawolf (if the wi-fi is just disabled)?

thanks!