Bell's maiden HSPA offerings revealed; Bold 2, Omnia II on the way
Bell’s HSPA network launch is fast approaching so why don’t we check out some of the new handsets we can look forward to beginning next month.
Apart from the iPhone 3G S, they’ve also got two BlackBerry devices in the works – the BlackBerry Bold 9000 and the new BlackBerry Bold 9700 (aka Bold 2). The Bold 9700 features an HVGA 480x360 display, 3.2-megapixel autofocus camera, WiFi, GPS, global roaming (quad-band GSM, tri-band 850/1900/2100MHz HSPA/UMTS) connectivity, optical trackpad, and out-of-the-box Mac compatibility.
Bell will be offering up two Samsung phones as well – the Samsung Impact and Omnia II. The Impact also comes with global roaming capabilities and is complemented by a 3-megapixel camera, Bluetooth 2.0, A-GPS, and touchscreen display. Bell's Samsung Omnia II, on the other hand, is similar to the one reportedly released in Austria and comes pre-loaded with Windows Mobile 6.5.
Nokia, meanwhile, is represented by the 2730 and 6350. The Nokia 2730 is a classic candybar phone that boasts of a 2-inch QVGA display, 2-megapixel camera, Bluetooth 2.0, quad-band GSM and tri-band 850/1900 MHz UMTS connectivity. For flip-phone aficionados, there’s the Nokia 6350. Its specs are almost identical with the 2730 except that it supports faster data speeds of up to 3.6Mbps and more internal memory (up to 62MB) compared to the former’s 384kbps data speed and 30MB dynamic memory.
The LG Xenon also made it to their initial line-up along with a few internet sticks, the Novatel Wireless U950 Turbo Stick (up to 7.2Mbps download) and the Novatel Wireless U998 Turbo Stick (up to 21Mbps download), and the Novatel Wireless X950 Turbo Card (up to 7.2Mbps download).
Not bad, don't you think? Pricing, unfortunately, wasn't discussed in the report, but if Bell plays their cards just right, we’re pretty certain they’ll be able to attract a decent number of subscribers over to their HSPA side of the fence with these delectable set of goodies.