* Update: BGR posted an internal AT&T email that shows training for the Bold has been postponed indefinitely. Typically AT&T likes to do training two weeks or so out from a new device launch, so canceling now and start it up in the latter half of October would bode well with what we're hearing and the above dates. You can check out the email after the jump! RIM & AT&T should really just issue a press release already and bring us all up to speed. *
It looks like AT&T BlackBerry Bold launch parties are set for the latter half of October, and while Best Buy is currently aiming for an October 26th stock date for the Bold, we're hearing you will have to wait until early November (try November 2nd, but my fingers are still crossed for October) to actually walk into a store and pick one of these babies up for yourself.
The Bold launch party registration site also contains a nice little What Makes you Bold? video. Watching it is torture if you're still waiting for the Bold to come to you on AT&T, but it's nice smartphone eyecandy nonetheless!
As you are aware, with the anticipated launch of the 3G AT&T BlackBerry Bold, RIM has committed to hold training sessions in over 40 cities. A large number of these sessions were to take place this and next week. Due to the continued uncertainty of the device launch date, we will work with RIM to reschedule these sessions to a later date.
Any representatives that have registered will be informed by email of the schedule change. No action is required from your part.
Rescheduling the training to align with a final technical acceptance for BlackBerry Bold launch will ensure that:
a) the training material can cover all the feature functionality that will be on this device at launch (at this time we don't have clarity on the status of all features).
b) handouts can be given to Dealers to reinforce the material covered
c) we will be able to provide attendees with a general availability date
c) the delivery of the material will be within one - two weeks of launch to ensure content retention and ability to practice what they learn in the field
d) the desired 30 person per session registration/attendance is achieved (training in the last week of a sales month at the end of a sales quarter should be avoided if possible)
Please let me know if any questions.
Thank you in advance for your understanding.