Telus iPhone 5 release date leaked as October 1, BlackBerry Bold 9900 and Torch 9810 due August 15

Hunting around for an iPhone 5 release date? A bunch of dates from Telus have leaked, revealing that Canada is getting the iPhone 5 on October 1. At best, we have an idea of what it might look like, but any other info on the device itself is still the subject of speculation. That same roadmap also shows release dates for just about every new BlackBerry RIM has planned. The Torch 9810 and Bold 9900 are due August 15. That’s less than two weeks away, meaning suspicions of an announcement this week are well-deserved. By comparison, both Bell and T-Mobile aren’t expected to be getting the Bold 9900 until closer to the end of the month. The Torch 9860 and Curve 9360 are also headed to Telus, landing on August 22 and 29 respectively, while the Bold 9790 and BlackBerry Orlando have misfortune of sharing the iPhone 5’s October 1 launch date. Sony Ericsson’s Urushi will be landing on the same day as well. Lastly, the Samsung Galaxy Ace will land October 15.

While we might not know much about the iPhone 5, all of RIM’s upcoming handsets will be packing sharper screens, faster processors, near-field communications, magnetic compasses for augmented reality, and most of them should finally have Wi-Fi hotspot functions.

While a Telus launch date isn’t particularly helpful for U.S. smartphone shoppers, it does give a ballpark expectation for announcements, and if anything, the U.S. market will get the iPhone 5 before October 1. There’s always the possibility of delays when it comes to pre-launch targets, but Apple’s not the type to miss a deadline. As for the downpour of OS 7 BlackBerry devices, it seems like they’re all launching in a nice clump, and by the time the holidays roll around, there will be a full spread to chose from. Of course, I wouldn’t be placing bets on folks picking any one of them over the iPhone 5, but I guess that all depends on just how much of an upgrade Apple’s next smartphone is. Are any of you Canadians already sold on picking up the iPhone 5, or are you still going to cling to the home-grown BlackBerry?

[via BGR]

  • Anonymous

    I just paid $ 23.86 for an iPhone and my girlfriend loves her Dell laptop that we got for $ 38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 42 inch LED TV to my boss for $ 665 which only cost me $ 62,81 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from,

  • Marc

    Berry please.

  • Marc

    Berry please.

  • Palapa

    I see more Canadians use iPhones than blackberries. Y would us Canadians want to buy RIM products when we don’t even get dibs despite them being a Canadian company? So much for patriotism right?

  • robrob

    According to that list, an Android 2.3 Optimus One was to roll out in June. It’s still not out yet. I imagine it’s a filler date put in for the inevitable iPhone 5 that everyone knows is coming

  • Ella

    I’ve only had my bb since January and I’ve been long regretting the split-second decision that made me pick the Torch over better phones. The spec-upgrades are a huge improvement, (actually impressed it comes with nfc when other phones are holding off) unfortunately RIMs chasing hard at this point. I recently read a review on the Samsung Galaxy S II and the differences between that and its predecessor (GSI) are huge. They improved on possibly every single concern that plagued the already impressive original, only a year after said original’s release. Compare that to the innovations coming out of RIM’s R&D dept. Waiting 3+ years for a new os (qnx) is kind of ridiculous. I do love seeing home-grown businesses flourish, but I really can’t think of any reason I would stick with RIM for my next cell purchase… which apparently could be as early as October… 🙂

    whoops kind of ranty…sorry… tl;dr version: iphone 5 > new blackberries

  • Poppygirl 47

    IPhone 5 all the way. I’ve never had a bb.

    • Haggisman2000

      I had owned a Blackberry Pearl for about 9 months – ended up giving it to my brother 2 years ago. Have had an iPhone 3GS since then and absolutely love it. The Pearl was way too susceptible to high humidity and had a crappy trackball and dual keys which stuck all the time. No thanks.

      btw – ask around at Telus stores to get a straight answer. When asking if I had any upcoming offers, the girl told me the iPhone 4S was coming out in October and the iPhone 5 was coming out “next spring”. Say what???

  • Kcbjb

    I’m just wanting for this Iphone5 to drop. I’m so over my blackberry. On to bigger and better things. 🙂

  • Asaunders8

    I’ve had an iPhone 3G and BB 9000, both around launch time, pros and cons to both. My BB died before my iPhone, but iPhone has had more problems. I was hard on my BB, was a work phone, my iPhone was my own, still with the way things are going for RIM I would rather a 9780 Bold, the new ones and crap. I got my girlfriend one, and she had the iPhone 3GS and loves the Blackberry. Depends on what you want to do with your phone. Multimedia wise the iPhone wins, toughness going to have to go with the BB. I’m holding out till the iPhone 5 launch (more like iPhone 4s). Best phone on the market right now is still the Galaxy S 2 from Bell (Canadian here), the one from Rogers sucks as well as coverage for the east coast, it’s owned by Bell, Rogers has nothing on them. Different story if you’re in the TO area where Rogers is king but out west Sasktell and so on are the ones to go with. I worked for Bell a while back and know how dirty all the mobility companies are so no matter what you’re screwed price wise. Canada doesn’t have enough mobile carriers to fight over customers and prices. It is getting a little better, but not by much. The best phone launched State side is still the HTC EVO, and everyone got an iPhone 4 before even looking into them. It’s a marketing world out there and Apple has more money then HTC, but not more then Google. Should make for some interesting matches this quarter. 

  • Guest

    i just read on qanother site that the iphone is to be launched in canada in oct i was gonna buy the iphone 4 today but the sales man told me to hold off for the iphone 5 so thx to him thats what im gonna do

  • guest:P

    Considering this dilemma with the BBM not working, I might just get a iphone 5 (4s)

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