OK Canadians, listen up… I’ve got a decent BlackBerry Torch 9800 rumor for ya. We’ve known for a little while now that Canada’s ‘Big 3’ (Bell, Rogers and TELUS) have confirmed the Torch will be available on their respective networks. So far, we’ve had no launch date or pricing info to release… but of course, as time passes the rumors are bound to flow in.
Over the weekend I noticed a new rumor surrounding a TELUS launch. The fine folks over at TheBerryFix reported (via a tipster) that the TELUS Torch 9800 is scheduled for a September 16th launch. Of course, take this rumor with the standard ‘grain of salt’ disclaimer.
On a side note, I managed to get my hands on the Torch over lunch late last week. Overall, my initial impressions were good. OS 6 seemed solid and packed some nice new features (although I have to admit, UI-wise it still looks ho-hum to me), the form factor was A-OK (really nice to have the full QWERTY + touchscreen combo), and overall… I have to say it’s a great device with solid fit-and-finish. Any regular Berry may want to put the Torch on their watch-list if a new device is in the works for the not-so-distant future.
Note: For what it’s worth, look for Canada’s carriers to shoehorn you into a 3-year contract at $199. AT&T has the 9800 up at that price point, but on a 2-year contract instead of 3.