Vodafone has announced the arrival of the RIM BlackBerry Bold in the UK from today, and hopes it will be one of the major sellers of the year.
The slimmed-down and powered-up handset will be the first BlackBerry to run on Vodafone's hi-speed HSPDA 7.2mbps network, as RIM finally gets on board with 3G technology.
The Bold is RIM's new flagship device, with WiFi, GPS, large storage capabilities and a large half-VGA colour display (480x320 resolution at 217ppi), putting it clearly up against more media-centric devices without losing any of the email fun RIM has built its business on.
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It is available for free from Vodafone, but only on the Anytime 600 data plan for £35 a month with a 24-month contract, which may give you 600 minutes talk-time, unlimited texts and 500 MB data per month, but is a long time to be locked to a handset.
T-Mobile has also got its hands on the Bold for the UK market, so at least there's plenty of choice... none of this O2/iPhone nonsense, eh?
You could just write your own letters and talk to people face to face - you know, get a bit old school. And that's practically FREE!