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BlackBerry Torch 9800 Gets FCC Approval!

By Kevin Michaluk on 3 Aug 2010 08:43 am EDT

BlackBerry Torch 9800

Though the FCC filings refer to the device pictured as "RCY71UW" rather than the 9800 or talledaga or Torch, there's no mistaking the BlackBerry slider just got its approval.  While the RC style name is new to the blogs, they're not new to RIM employees - in addition to the funky codenames that get tossed around, early-stage devices usually get referred to by an Rxx name. Cool stuff.

The timing of this couldn't be better - today AT&T and RIM are holding a special BlackBerry event which hopefully will officially give the RCY71UW a product name and introduce BlackBerry 6 to the world! Live blog coming up at 11am EST, so keep it locked to CrackBerry!

via: Engadget

Reader comments

BlackBerry Torch 9800 Gets FCC Approval!


Thats pretty much AWESOME! now i have one question ..... is there a possibility of this device coming out for Sprint also ? cause my contract has to be with that company and i was thinking in purchasing a 9650 once OS 6 came out .... but i really want this phone !

Bet these aren't available in the UK as soon as they are in the US - will be getting one shipped across the pond ASAP :)

Nice way to start "Slider" day, as I'm officially dubbing it! I am seriously considering ETFing my Verizon contract for this device. Probably I will take a look at 6.0 on my 9650 first AND let the 9800 settle in a bit FIRST, BUT ATT might just get a new customer. ;)

Ill definitely be checking in later on to see what new news pops up today! What I'm really waiting for is os 6 to pop up for my bold 9650 XD

release it pretty much straight after an official response :P

I sure hope this 9800 slider comes with HD recording and a LED flash. its one of the biggest gripes i have with its hardware. software wise, its the browser.

am i the only one that thinks that looks like the back of a regular Bold 9700 and not a slider? sure, it should be the new Bold 9780 or whichever number they gave it. Just my two cents.

already has all of these approvals...you wouldn't think it would take this much effort to approve the new 9780 just for a memory upgrade and camera upgrade

How can they release this for AT&T. They already cannot handle the iPhone traffic, what would make them imagine they can handle the phone that should completely silence the iPhone. Definitley a phone that needs the Verizon Network.

Why? Look outside your front door, there's a big world out there and it doesn't give a fiddler's fart about CDMA.

GSM my friend. AT&T was smart back in 1999 when they made the switch. Even Telus and Bell in Canada saw the error in the path they were on and have gone HSPA+.

Now you Verizon people with your large network and your "can you hear me now dork" are essentially stuck and your cellular service stops at the water's edge.

Are you kidding me? AT&T has terrible service! I wouldn't give 2 squirts of piss to be back on that network. Verizon is where its at, with no dropped calls, bad signals, and have you. AT&T wouldn't come in at my house or work, and your trying to impress me with them having superior technology? HAHAHAHAHA!! You narrow minded immigrants!!

Thank you someone finally not in a cloud. This is a nice looking phone with cool sounding features but with a Sh&t Network it all means nothing. And yes all I care about is the network in the US since that is where I live.

and i know many of you will enjoy it. I think i will be sticking with a more "corporate" look device and i will hope the 9780 is brought to At&T at some point.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that at this press event the 9800 is announced WITH an official release date AND the release date is SOON. I am so excited for this device and I hope RIM rewards my (and other's) loyalty today!!

If the FCC just approved this device, how long will manufacturing and distribution take? After reading this post, I am sure the Torch will not be out this Sunday, and probably not by the 15th.