9900 BlackBerry Bold 9900 to launch in US next month?

Remember the little story we published a month ago about Research In Motion or RIM unveiling its upcoming BlackBerry Bold 9900 smartphone, while conveniently choosing to keep consumers in the dark by not providing any details about pricing and availability? Well, we got some good news; apparently BlackBerry fans who cannot wait to get their hands on RIM's newest smartphone need not have to wait for long, for word has it that the RIM is very close to launching the Bold 9900 in the US. And we all know what that means, right?

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We have covered its official unveiling a month ago, and brought you a hands on of the product itself when it was exhibited at RIM's booth during the recent CommunicAsia trade event, but in spite of all this publicity, it would seem that RIM is dead set in keeping the two key details of its upcoming BlackBerry Bold 9900 smartphone, pricing and availability, a well-guarded secret. However, it seems that good things do indeed happen to those who are patient, for word has it that RIM has broken its silence over the issue of the Bold 9900 availability in its annual shareholder meeting.

9900 BlackBerry Bold 9900 to launch in US next month?

According to a report published by Electronista, it was RIM's co-CEO, Mike Lazaridis, who spilled the beans about the BlackBerry Bold 9900's launch date during the meeting by claiming that the smartphone was "very close to a launch", and that he expected the device to make its way out onto retail shelves "over the next month". This ties in with the FCC's go-ahead for the device, which had reportedly cleared the BlackBerry Bold 9900 for sale in the US by late August, although Electronista is suggesting that US carriers are more likely to start selling the device only in September.

Also revealed during the shareholder meeting was RIM's aggressive plans to push the Bold 9900 smartphone out to consumers; Electronista has reported that the company intends to launch the smartphone with no less than "491 certification programs and 191 carriers".

However, it seems that RIM is still intent on keeping a tight lid over the BlackBerry Bold 9900's pricing, as no information about this particular detail was released during the company's annual shareholder meeting, so suffice to say no one really knows just how much the Bold 9900 smartphone will eventually cost when it hits US retail shelves sometime in late August or early September. Of course, you can rest assured that we will be keeping tabs on this as well, so do check back for updates.

Source: Electronista