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This week: All Bold all the time, spy pics, HTC gets red, and happy five-oh!
When notoriously gouging Rogers Mobility in Canada gave its 11th hour reprieve on data rates to save its July 11th iPhone 3G investment, we all kind sorta knew it would someday, somehow, come back and bite us in our wallets. Well, it didn't. It bit Crackberry Kevin in his instead. Rogers official price for an iPhone 3G 16GB on 3(!) year contract? $299. Rogers semi-official price for a Blackberry Bold 0GB on a 3(!) year contract? Priceless. Or dang near. $399.
No doubt news reports of a giant green Crackberry yelling "Kevin Smash!" and laying waste to Rogers HQ will follow shortly.
And good on that.
Just not at HSBC...
Of course, the iPhone 3G isn't the only handset Rogers is likely subsidizing out their vice-clenched assets. The new Pearl flipberry (nee KickStart) is going for a relatively tiny $49. They're likely targeting the same new users that the Palm Centro has been so successful at attracting lately.
Given RIM's brand power and compelling messaging on... er... messaging, seems like a can't miss, doesn't it? Especially with the ever increasing femal demo. Extraspecially if Virgin Canada keeps helping out...
The intertubes FTW! Fresh new spy pics of still undisclosed, unreleased, unauthorized smartphone hawtness. And what do we get? Sleek, elegantly curved black form-factor, flush screen(!), brand-defining centralized button navigator with oh-so-easy to hit task buttons radiating outwards, above a killer tic-tactile keyboard combined with enterprise-class "push" technology!
Luddites to Gentoo-men, we present the:
Seriously, this is a "bold" new step for Palm away from the locked-to-Treo-600 design-dearth of yore. Given Rubenstein and all the other Apple droppings they've picked up lately, it makes perfect sense the Pro should resemble a... Blackberry. We mean, hey, while everyone else and their OEM is lately -- and lamentably -- iCloning themselves to innovation-less stupors, here comes Palm stepping up the WinMob side of their Harvey Dent-esque product strategy with something at least on par with the latest/greatest from sales leader RIM.
It's about time.
Word to HTC marketing: While you may have had Fusion on the brain (something Palm nailed years ago with the Treo brand, and again just recently with Centro), never leave ambiguity enough in your product name to conFuze perspective buyers or they'll just reFuze to take you seriously. No way to deFuze it now though. Thankfully, at least, Moto must have had FUZR pre-marked (or was that BeastWars?)
So WMExperts would have us believe. If he didn't have his wee mits all over the Treo Pro, we'd suspect Bono was [Product]-izing just in time for the holidays...
Still, red being the color of Blood, and this Touch being branded as the Diamond, perhaps another word needs be taken with the marketing geniuses over at HTC...
No, not of the long, long, did we say loooooong?, promised Palm OS 2.0 (?!) Nova-based handsets. Just tons of new WinMob devices. Yay?
When those of us who loved the Palm OS first saw Bill Gates hoist a 700w up on stage at CES, even with all the talk of more options and better business plays, should we have recognized it as Colligan really just opening the seventh seal of stop-gapocalyps?
Signs point to yes.
The TreoCentral Treocast got all golden on us this week, celebrating its 50th episode. May the next 50 be just as grand, and we look forward to hearing you on episode 100...
...probably covering the possible impending future potential pre-launch of Nova (beta).
And to Mike and Dieter -- the premiere duo in smartphone coverage -- Congratulations mobile accomplishers!