Gadgets continue to make people do crazy things. AT&T is reporting that people did line up at some of its stores this morning waiting to get their hands on the new BlackBerry Bold, on sale today. At least one Irvine store, the one in Woodbury Town Center, sold out of its supply, though it will be replenished shortly, according to AT&T.
Says Deborah Lieberman, an AT&T spokeswoman:
AT&T has had a great first day as the exclusive U.S. provider of the BlackBerry Bold. Sales of the BlackBerry Bold have been very brisk today. Several stores in the Greater Los Angeles area have reported being sold out of Bolds by late morning (including one store in Irvine). Lines – in some cases 20-25 deep – formed outside of AT&T stores across the country prior to the start of business, including those in the New York metropolitan area, Boston, Chicago, Florida, Houston, the greater Los Angeles area, Las Vegas and Charlotte, NC.
Of course, I realize the company is trying to drum up interest in the new phone. But after the big splashes with the iPhone 3G and Google phone, my eyes are beginning to glaze over when I hear about the next great new phone. Even PC Magazine titled its story today on the launch, “AT&T’s BlackBerry Bold meekly launches.”
But since some people have asked me about this phone, here’s the deal: The BlackBerry Bold, on sale for $299.99, includes a QWERTY keyboard, GPS, Wi-Fi, 2-megapixel camera and 1 GB of memory (plus a slot for a 16GB micro SD card). Most notably, this is the first phone to support HSDPA networks around the world, including Japan and Korea. The speedy mobile Internet technology of HSDPA has download speeds up to 14.4 Mbps. Oohh ahh… Lots more details HERE.
The company is sending me a phone to play with so I will report back with refreshed eyes.