BlackBerry 9900/9930/Slider spied again. High failure rates and initial US release partners hampering interest?

by Mike
Posted March 13th, 2010 at 7:16 pm

What’s your take on the Pearl Flip? It was one of the most dramatic paths for RIM at that time. On a larger scale, the Pearl Flip was a niche device with a narrow following. But that small following no doubt loved every inch of their “special” Berry. With the leaked shots of the BlackBerry slider showing up within the last few weeks, it looks like RIM is at this experimenting thing yet again. After a relatively quiet week on the Slider front, what new information do we know?

Well, we can now say we have a model name — 9900 (GSM) and 9930 (CDMA). Ok, it’s something, right? Now for the potentially bad news: the GSM version will apparently NOT launch stateside during the Sliders’ first days. Instead, Sprint is rumored/claimed to be the sole US provider of this new BlackBerry style for RIM with a US GSM variant *hopefully* not too soon thereafter.

One other small setback is the apparent 80%+ failure rate in testing so far. No matter how you slice it, 80% is bad stuff. For those keeping track, the Pearl Flip also suffered from extremely lofty failure rates during testing. But as we have seen since it’s release, it’s managed to make a decent offering.

I see the BlackBerry slider being more of a “mass market” phone than the Pearl Flip was. But that’s just me. I stopped lusting for flip phones 5+ years ago, though I can see why some still like the form factor.

Anyone feeling this BlackBerry Slider yet or it’s rumored CDMA-only US birth? It’s got the hardware to excite me. The chosen US network is a bit iffy. Whataya say?

Slashphone > Electronista

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