This just in - AT&T has sent out mailers announcing September 4th as the official launch date of the new BlackBerry 8820. According to our tipster, the specs are still calling for full integrated GPS. That's right, from the documentation he received from AT&T there is as of yet no "official" mention of the GPS being locked down as per previous reports! What's going on here?!
September 4th is not far away. I guess all will be known soon! Stay Tuned...
* * UPDATE - August 29th * *
It seems that our 'tipster' was RIGHT! The boys at BBCool are reporting that our Rumor (above) is indeed likely Fact. Apparently RIM and AT&T are in the process of re-negotiating the GPS status of the BlackBerry 8820. The reason? Negative feedback and Bashing in the Blogosphere got AT&T's attention and made them reconsider the decision to limit the GPS on the 8820. Whether this is the true reason or not I'm not sure, but if so kudos to all the websites, bloggers and individuals who raised their voice! CrackBerry.com did its part - the 15 minutes I put into photoshopping the 'AT&T Angel or Demon?' graphic was time well spent if this all proves to be true! :)