A few months ago Jamie Pert reported that the BlackBerry 9670 was a clamshell device and was destined for Verizon. We can now tell you that the RIM device has made it to the FCC website, and we can confirm that it is indeed a clamshell. However, as this is a CDMA, this could either go to Big Red or Sprint.
The smart money would be on Verizon, but Sprint seems a much better prospect for phone makers now — thanks to the success of the HTC EVO 4G, which recently got an update. Chris Ziegler from Engadget is unsure how successful the upcoming BlackBerry 9670 will be; he said that he would wait to pass on his verdict.
However, looking back at the recent Torch release and the rumored Storm 3, we have to say that we do not hold out much hope. Hopefully we will have more to report on both the BlackBerry 9670 and the Storm next week during Research In Motion’s BlackBerry Developer Conference.
Do you think that RIM is still a force to be reckoned with in the smartphone market, or are they slipping further out of reach from both Apple and Google? The Canadian phone maker had better get their act together soon, as Windows Phone 7 will soon be with us, and will be another rival to contend with.