Today RIM and China Mobile have announced the BlackBerry Bold 9788. The Bold 9788 joins the China Mobile family keeping the sleek design of the 97xx series and is also the first BlackBerry smartphone to run on the networks TD-SCMDA wiresless network, a locally developed version of 3G. With the introduction of the Bold 9788, RIM and China Mobile hope to widen their customer base and reach more consumers and professional individuals. Until now, the network has focused on enterprise companies.
The Bold 9788 will come with a range of tailor-made applications and services provided by China Mobile. It will run BlackBerry 6 and feature a WebKit-based browser, 5MP camera, WiFi connectivity, and GPS. It will be available from China Mobile stores and RIM authorized resellers.
As for that device model number, the 9788... it looks like RIM is paying attention to Chinese culture and going for a bit a of BlackBerry good luck here. The number 8 is the most fortuitous of numbers.