No specific plans yet for Blackberry Bold in APAC

I’ve been using a four-year-old Blackberry that has retired after a bad fall. The fall damaged the USB slot used for charging the rechargeable battery and syncing the contents of device into a PC or a notebook. The unit might still work if I’m able to charge the battery. But I’ve been wanting to upgrade my unit. So when I heard about the Blackberry Bold, I just started salivating.

Research in Motion announced Blackberry Bold’s availability, but was short of disclosing its plans for the Asia Pacific region, including the Philippines. The launch of the new Blackberry unit coincided with Apple iPhone’s launch in the country, thanks to Globe Telecom.

I was with a colleague today, and we discussed these developments. We agreed that this year is turning out to be an interesting year for the telecommunications industry because non-traditional players like Apple are trying to take market share from traditional players likes of Nokia, Sony Ericsson, among others. According to this report, Apple might have a chance of getting more people to use its iPhone. Why? This analyst explains that Apple as a brand has been battle-tested.

Finally, here’s a video posted a year ago by CBS, which features a first look at the iPhone, a device that will change the way we see mobile phones and Internet devices.

Blackberry Bold launched

Nice name for what used to be a gadget aimed at business users. It appears that Research in Motion wants to also capture consumers with its new Blackberry.

Check out this report.

Excerpt:

OTTAWA–Research in Motion unveiled Monday its latest BlackBerry smartphone with new styling and technology that aims to bite into Apple’s juicy iPhone sales.

Called the “BlackBerry Bold,” it is the first in the handset series to run on high-speed HSDPA networks and comes with integrated GPS, Wi-Fi and a “rich set of multimedia features,” the Canadian-based firm said.