We beat the Boy Genius by a week on this one... on August 28th we announced the WiFi-enabled BlackBerry 8820 would start showing up in A&T stores on September 4th. It looks like our tipster was right!
According to BG, the BlackBerry 8820 "soft launched" yesterday and should be available in stores as early as today as the units arrive. Pricing is said to be the same as the 8800... with a 2 year contract the price will come in at $299. The 8820 will outright replace AT&T's 8800 - apparently all 8800 shipments have been stopped indefinitely. It hasn't shown up on AT&T's website yet for direct ordering, but hopefully will appear there soon!
It seems the rumor CrackBerry.com first reported and the Boy Genius confirmed is half right, half wrong. BlackBerry Addicts across the US have been trying to get there hands on the AT&T BlackBerry 8820 all day with little success. Some stores/reps know about the 8820 and say it's coming but don't have it yet, while other stores remain unaware of the product, which is likely remain the case until it actually arrives in local outlets.
Why half right/half wrong? It comes down to definition. The 8820 is apparently available - if a store had it in stock they would be able to sell it (it's in the system). Proof in the pudding comes from Amazon.com, where you can now buy/order the AT&T BlackBerry 8820 Smartphone, though the estimated delivery time is slated in at 2 - 4 weeks.
Is it available? YES/Sort of. Can you have it in your hands today? Apparently NOT.
Another report from a CrackBerry.com member in talks to an AT&T rep who pulled the data up on screen puts the 8820 arriving in stores between Sept. 14th and 18th. The same rep also said the 8310 should arrive on the 24th or 25th and be availabe in Platinum & Red (the colors are news to me, though we had been tipped on the 24th for the 8310 date). Lesson learned...AT&T availability/release/in your hands dates are wild things to predict and should be taking with a grain of salt.
At CrackBerry.com, we try our best to report rumors and news in an accurate and timely manner, always putting forth our best due dillengence efforts before hitting the 'submit post' button. In this case, our tipster had tangible proof that the AT&T BlackBerry 8820 would become 'available' today. We reported it as 'Rumor' on August 28th, and only today after the Boy Genius confirmed this information with another source did we report it again, this time as 'News'.
I'll be spending the better part of September 5th trying to track down a AT&T BlackBerry 8820 for myself. If you beat me to the prize, be sure to let the everyone know by commenting on this post. Apparently there are a lot of BlackBerry Addicts jonesing for a GPS and WiFi enabled Berry! Come on AT&T....give the people what they want!
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